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Stratovarius

Although Helsinki, Finland heavy metal band Stratovarius were formed in 1982 by drummer Tuomo Lassila, the group did notrecordits debutalbum,Fright Night, until 1989. Released in 1992, Twilight Time established a fan base in Japan, becoming thebiggest-selling importof thatyear; Stratovariusconsolidated their Japanese popularity with an extensive tour of the countrybehind 1994's Dreamspace.Following 1995'sFourth Dimension, the lineupshifted to include vocalist Timo Kotipelto, guitarist TimoTolkki, bassist Jari Kainulainen, ex-YngwieMalmsteenkeyboardist Jens Johanssen, anddrummer Jorg Michael. T ...read more

Although Helsinki, Finland heavy metal band Stratovarius were formed in 1982 by drummer Tuomo Lassila, the group did notrecordits debutalbum,Fright Night, until 1989. Released in 1992, Twilight Time established a fan base in Japan, becoming thebiggest-selling importof thatyear; Stratovariusconsolidated their Japanese popularity with an extensive tour of the countrybehind 1994's Dreamspace.Following 1995'sFourth Dimension, the lineupshifted to include vocalist Timo Kotipelto, guitarist TimoTolkki, bassist Jari Kainulainen, ex-YngwieMalmsteenkeyboardist Jens Johanssen, anddrummer Jorg Michael. This lineup added achoir and orchestra for 1996's Episode in 1996 and1997'sVisions, the latter of which was released in theU.S. early in 1998.American reissues of most of Stratovarius' previous outputfollowed over thecourse of the year, and in the spring of 2000 thegroupissued Infinite. Intermission appeared the following summer. The bandreleased the two-part Elements in 2003 andcontinued its metallic output duringthe remainder of the decade with such albums as 2005's eponymousStratovarius and 2009'sPolaris (the latter issued following the departure ofguitarist Timo Tolkki and arrival of new membersguitarist MatiasKupianen andbassist Lauri Porra). In 2011, the band released the album Elysium. « hide

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LPs
Nemesis
02/22/2013

3.9
117 Votes
Elysium
2011

3.4
126 Votes
Polaris
2009

3.4
116 Votes
Stratovarius
2005

2.4
100 Votes
Elements, Pt. 2
2003

3
102 Votes
Elements, Pt. 1
2003

3.5
132 Votes
Infinite
2000

3.8
160 Votes
Destiny
1998

3.7
131 Votes
Visions
1997

4.1
226 Votes
Episode
1996

4.1
168 Votes
Fourth Dimension
1995

3.7
90 Votes
Dreamspace
1994

3.7
75 Votes
Twilight Time
1993

3.4
64 Votes
Fright Night
1989

3
67 Votes
EPs
Unbreakable
01/25/2013

3.8
13 Votes
Darkest Hours
2010

3.6
6 Votes
Deep Unknown
2009

4.5
3 Votes
I Walk To My Own Song
2003

4
6 Votes
EagleHeart
2002

4.5
7 Votes
Hunting High and Low
2000

4.2
8 Votes
Live Albums
Under Flaming Winter Skies
06/27/2012

3.8
5 Votes
Polaris Live
2010

3.6
5 Votes
Infinite Visions
2000

3.8
5 Votes
Visions Of Europe
1998

4.2
10 Votes
Compilations
Black Diamond: The Anthology
2006

3.7
5 Votes
Intermission
2001

3.6
33 Votes
14 Diamonds
2000

2.1
4 Votes
The Chosen Ones
1999

3.8
16 Votes
The Past and Now
1997

3.3
4 Votes

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