Metal Kaoz conducted an interview with STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson after the January 21 listening party for the band’s new album, “Nemesis”, at Idle Hands Bar in New York City. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
“Nemesis” will be released on February 22 via earMUSIC. The CD will be made available as a standard 11-track edition as well as 13-track special edition. A taste of the new studio album can be enjoyed with the limited-edition EP “Unbreakable”, released on January 25.
STRATOVARIUS are hailed as one of the most influential and successful symphonic metal bands in the world and they have managed to establish themselves as one of the metal scene’s heavy names. The new album, “Nemesis”, unites all the best traits of the band’s melodic, powerful, fresh and technically elaborated metal, all spiced up with an incredible sense for melody.
The album was produced and mixed by Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox studios, who has a long history with the band.
“Nemesis” has a dark and more modern sound compared to the band’s last album, “Elysium”. It clearly shows how much the band has matured and grown as songwriters. At the same time, the band focused all their attention and work into creating and recording “Nemesis”. Singer Timo Kotipelto spent three weeks recording the vocals in a cottage in the Finnish countryside.
“Nemesis” track listing:
03. Stand My Ground
04. Halcyon Days
06. Out Of The Fog
07. Castles In The Air
09. One Must Fall
10. If The Story Is Over
The band will perform the new songs live for the very first time headlining the Radio Rock Cruise in Finland from February 9 to February 10, followed by their first club show in Helsinki on March 3, 2013. On March 20, 2013 STRATOVARIUS will kick off for their Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour 2013 with fellow Scandinavians AMARANTHE, before they return to Finland mid-April to play five more shows.
STRATOVARIUS in June 2012 announced the addition of drummer Rolf Pilve to the group’s ranks.
“Unbreakable” audio stream: