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Future Shock

Album: ''Future Shock'' (1988 Single)
1. Future Shock
2. Witch-hunt

Fright Night

Album: ''Fright Night'' (1989)
1. Future Shock
2. False Messiah
3. Black Night
4. Witch-Hunt
5. Fire Dance
6. Fright Night
7. Night Screamer
8. Darkness
9. Goodbye

Black Night

Album: ''Black Night'' (1989 Single)
1. Black Night
2. Night Screamer


Album: ''II'' (1992)
1. Break the Ice
2. The Hands of Time
3. Madness Strikes at Midnight
4. Metal Frenzy
5. Twilight Time
6. The Hills Have Eyes
7. Out of the Shadows
8. Lead Us Into the Light

Break The Ice

Album: ''Break The Ice'' (1992 Single)
1. Break The Ice
2. Lead Us Into The Light


Album: ''Dreamspace'' (1994)
1. Chasing Shadows
2. 4th Reich
3. Eyes of the World
4. Hold on to Your Dream
5. Magic Carpet Ride
6. We Are the Future
7. Tears of Ice
8. Dreamspace
9. Reign of Terror
10. Thin Ice
11. Atlantis
12. Abyss
13. Shattered
14. Wings of Tomorrow

Fourth Dimension

Album: ''Fourth Dimension'' (1995)
1. Against the Wind
2. Distant Skies
3. Galaxies
4. Winter
5. Stratovarius (instrumental)
6. Lord of the Wasteland
7. 030366
8. Nightfall
9. We Hold the Key
10. Twilight Symphony
11. Call of the Wilderness (instrumental)

Wings of Tomorrow

Album: ''Wings of Tomorrow'' (1995 Single)
1. Wings Of Tomorrow
2. Dreamspace
3. Against The Wind


Album: ''Episode'' (1996)
1. Father Time
2. Will the Sun Rise?
3. Eternity
4. Episode
5. Speed of Light
6. Uncertainty
7. Season of Change
8. Stratosphere
9. Babylon
10. Tomorrow
11. Night Time Eclipse
12. Forever

Father Time

Album: ''Father Time'' (1996 Single)
1. Father Time
2. Uncertainty
3. Future Shock' 96
4. Kill The King

Will The Sun Rise?

Album: ''Will The Sun Rise?'' (1996 Single)
1. Will The Sun Rise?
2. Speed Of Light (live)
3. Will The Sun Rise? (live)
4. Eternity (live)
5. Father Time (live)
6. Distant Skies (live)


Album: ''Visions'' (1997)
1. The Kiss of Judas
2. Black Diamond
3. Forever Free
4. Before the Winter
5. Legions
6. The Abyss of Your Eyes
7. Holy Light
8. Paradise
9. Coming Home
10. Visions (Southern Cross)

Black Diamond

Album: ''Black Diamond'' (1997 Single)
1. Black Diamond
2. The Kiss of Judas
3. The Kiss of Judas (demo)
4. We Hold the Key (live)
5. 4th Reich (live)

The Kiss Of Judas

Album: ''The Kiss Of Judas'' (1997 Single)
1. The Kiss Of Judas
2. Black Diamond
3. The Kiss Of Judas (demo)
4. Uncertainty (live)
5. Fourth Reich (live)


Album: ''Destiny'' (1998)
1. Destiny
2. S.O.S.
3. No Turning Back
4. 4000 Rainy Nights
5. Rebel
6. Years Go By
7. Playing With Fire
8. Venus in the Morning
9. Anthem of the World
10. Cold Winter Nights (European Bonus Track)

The Past and Now

Album: ''The Past and Now'' (1998 Best of/Compilation)
1. The Hands of Time
2. Future Shock
3. Twilight Time
4. Chasing Shadows
5. Dreamspace
6. Fire Dance Suite
7. Against The Wind
8. Twilight Symphony
9. Will The Sun Rise?
10. Forever
11. Black Diamond
12. The Kiss of Judas

Visions of Europe

Album: ''Visions of Europe'' (1998 Live album)
1. Requiem
2. Forever Free
3. The Kiss of Judas
4. Father Time
5. Distant Skies
6. Season of Change
7. Speed of Light
8. Twilight Symphony
9. Holy Solos


Album: ''S.O.S.'' (1998 Single)
1. S.O.S.
2. No Turning Back
3. Blackout (Scorpions cover)
4. Years Go By

The Chosen Ones

Album: ''The Chosen Ones'' (1999 Best of/Compilation)
1. Black Diamond
2. Twilight Time
3. Father Time
4. The Hands Of Time
5. Dream With Me*
6. Paradise
7. Out of the Shadows
8. Forever
9. Full Moon*
10. The Kiss of Judas
11. S.O.S.
12. Dreamspace
13. Against The Wind
14. Speed of Light
15. 4000 Rainy Nights
16. Will The Sun Rise?


Album: ''Infinite'' (2000)
1. Hunting High and Low
2. Millennium
3. Mother Gaia
4. Phoenix
5. Glory of the World
6. A Million Light Years Away
7. Freedom
8. Infinity
9. Celestial Dream

14 Diamonds

Album: ''14 Diamonds'' (2000 Best of/Compilation)
1. Hands Of Time
2. Distant Skies
3. Tomorrow
4. Coming Home
5. Destiny
6. Future Shock
7. Black Diamond
8. Why Are We Here
9. We Are The Future
10. Forever
11. Hunting High and Low
12. The Kiss Of Judas
13. Rebel
14. Mother Gaia

A Million Light Years Away

Album: ''A Million Light Years Away'' (2000 Single)
1. A Million Light Years Away
2. Celestial Dream
3. Phoenix (live)
4. Infinity (live)
5. A Million Light Years Away (video and more)

Hunting High and Low

Album: ''Hunting High and Low'' (2000 Single)
1. Hunting High and Low
2. Millennium
3. Neon Light Child (non album track)
4. Hunting High and Low (demo)
5. Millennium (demo)

Album: ''It's a mystery/Why are we here'' (2000 Single)
1. It's A Mystery
2. Why Are We Here?


Album: ''Intermission'' (2001 Best of/Compilation)
1. Will My Soul Ever Rest In Peace?
2. Falling Into Fantasy
3. The Curtains Are Falling
4. Requiem
5. Bloodstone (Judas Priest cover)
6. Kill The King (Rainbow cover)
7. I Surrender (live) (Rainbow cover)
8. Keep The Flame
9. Why Are We Here?
10. What Can I Say
11. Dream With Me
12. When The Night Meets The Day
13. It's A Mystery
14. Cold Winter Nights
15. Hunting High And Low (live)


Album: ''Eagleheart'' (2002 Single)
1. Eagleheart
2. Run Away (non-album track)
3. Eagleheart (demo version)

Elements Pt.1

Album: ''Elements Pt.1'' (2003)
1. Eagleheart
2. Soul of a Vagabond
3. Find Your Own Voice
4. Fantasia
5. Learning to Fly
6. Papillon
7. Stratofortress
8. Elements
9. A Drop in the Ocean

Elements Pt.2

Album: ''Elements Pt.2'' (2003)
1. Alpha & Omega
2. I Walk to My Own Song
3. I'm Still Alive
4. Season of Faith's Perfection
5. Awaken the Giant
6. Know the Difference
7. Luminous
8. Dreamweaver
9. Liberty

I Walk To My Own Song

Album: ''I Walk To My Own Song'' (2003 Single)
1. I Walk To My Own Song
2. Forever (live in Barcelona)
3. Black Diamond (live in San Sebastian)


Album: ''Stratovarius'' (2005)
1. Maniac Dance
2. Fight!!!
3. Just Carry On
4. Back to Madness
5. Gypsy in Me
6. Götterdämmerung (Zenith of Power)
7. The Land of Ice and Snow
8. Leave the Tribe
9. United

Maniac Dance

Album: ''Maniac Dance'' (2005 Single)
1. Maniac Dance
2. United (edit)
3. Maniac Dance (Risto Aikainen Quantum Mix)
4. Maniac Dance (original demo)



Stratovarius is a power metal band from Finland. They became popular in the 90's, and through their career have widely inspired newcoming power metal bands with their baroque arranged keyboard solos & Ritchie Blackmore-like guitar portions - most noticably their so-called heir, Sonata Arctica.

Stratovarius was founded in Finland in 1984 under the name Black Water. They went through a number of personnel and musical changes before the band found its own voice. The founding members were Tuomo Lassila, Staffan Stråhlman and John Vihervä. By 1985, Timo Tolkki entered the band, replacing Stråhlman in the guitar and changed the name to Stratovarius, a combination of Stratocaster and Stradivarius. He took up the vocal duties as well. Tolkki became the driving force and mastermind of the band, assuming relatively complete control of the song writing. He brought along not only strong rock influences, but also a neo-classical tinge. The band released a demo to various record companies by 1987, finally being picked up by CBS Finland. In 1989, their debut album Fright Night was released, followed by two singles.

After being dropped by CBS, the band went through several member changes, but they managed to release on another label and they also toured a bit. In 1994 they released their third album, Dreamspace, featuring new bass player Jari Kainulainen, (who joined the band as 70% of the new material was already recorded) which was a great success. Tolkki decided to stop singing for the band, and they hired a new full-time singer, Timo Kotipelto. The release of Fourth Dimension in 1995 was a great success, but internal differences in the band, particularly of the style the band was going for, prompted the departure of long-time drummer Tuomo Lassila and keyboardist Antti Ikonen. Two new non-Finnish members were recruited: Swedish keyboardist Jens Johansson, of Yngwie Malmsteen fame; and German drummer Jörg Michael. With the fifth release Episode, Stratovarius had finally found its sound and had a strong, diverse line-up. Episode was a grand project, featuring a large choir and a string orchestra. It spawned some of the all-time greatest Stratovarius hits, such as "Father Time" and "Will The Sun Rise".

This line-up released three hugely successful albums over the years: Visions in 1997, Destiny in 1999, and Infinite in 2000. With every album, their fame and fan-base expanded, and they started gaining a stronger following outside the nordic countries, particularly in Japan.

In 2003, the band released its most epic project yet, the two album suite named Elements. With these albums, they reached a peak in their progressive and symphonic style of power-metal. The first album, Elements pt. 1, was released in early 2003, followed by a world tour. Elements pt. 1 was naturally followed by Elements pt. 2, also released on Nuclear Blast records in the same year with the hit single "I Walk To My Own Song".

In late 2003, the band broke up, with Timo Kotipelto and Jörg Michael leaving after a very vaguely explained conflict. Tolkki hired a new singer, Katriina "Miss K" Wiiala, and Anders Johansson of Hammerfall (Jens's brother) temporarily on drums. Tolkki's behaviour rapidly began to become extremely strange. He published a long news article on the band's website, detailing how he had converted to Kabbalah after reading Madonna's autobiography and being contacted by Jesus himself. He wrote extensively on the principles of Kabbalah, but according to some Jewish forum members, this has nothing to do with any actually practiced form of it. The webmaster removed the news article from the site. Then Tolkki even stabbed himself to shoulder, first claiming that a crazy spanish fan had done that because of band had broken up. Tolkki also phoned Anders Johansson, speaking nonsense about Adolf Hitler – Anders freaked out and left the band. Nobody really understood the situation and fans were worried about Timo's mental condition. In April 2004, he was hospitalised with chronic depression and a nervous breakdown, and after being released from the mental hospital, negotiations and attempts at reconciliation with the rest of the band began. The rest of 2004 was virtually complete silence from the band.

In January 2005, an announcement was released that Stratovarius had reunited with the old line-up. Tolkki seemed to have recovered from his strange illness. In June 2005, Timo Tolkki announced that the band's bassist, Jari Kainulainen, had left the band due to personal reasons. He was since replaced by Lauri Porra.

Stratovarius then released the self-titled album Stratovarius in September 2005, featuring the popular single "Maniac Dance". During this time, Stratovarius began a world tour starting in Argentina, including a North American leg, where they toured the United States and Canada for the first time in the band's history. They played at such events as Atlanta's "Prog Power", and in well-known venues such as "B.B. King's House Of Blues" in New York and Philadelphia's "Trocadero Theatre". The tour also included some European and Japanese cities.

Timo Tolkki has announced that he is currently composing new songs for next album. The style of the music will be similar to Episode and Visions; albums that the band gained its popularity from. The album will be released between October 2007 and February 2008.

Melodic Power Metal

Religion, Life, Space, Nature, Fantasy

Finland (Helsinki), formed in 1984

Sanctuary Records


Timo Tolkki - Guitars (1985-) (+Vocals 1985-94, +Bass 1992)
Timo Kotipelto - Vocals (1994-04, 2005-) (Filthy Asses)
Jens Johansson - Keyboards (1995-) (Johansson, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, ex-Dio, Silver Mountain, Adrián Barilari, guest, The Johansson Brothers, guest on Russell Allen's Atomic Soul, Mastermind (US), Thunderstone)
Lauri Porra - Bass (2005-) (Gashouse Garden, Kotipelto, Sinergy, TunnelVision, Warmen, ex-Almah)
Jörg Michael - Drums (1995-04, 2005-) (Avenger (Ger), ex-Axel Rudi Pell, Beto Vázquez Infinity (Guest), Der Riß, ex-Grave Digger, Headhunter (Ger), House Of Spirits, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Rage (Ger), ex-Running Wild, ex-Saxon, ex-Tom Angelripper, ex-Unleashed Power, Laos, Schwarz Arbeit)

Staffan Stråhlman (1984-85)

Jari Kainulainen (1993-05) (Evergrey, Elias Viljanen, Mess, ex-Kotipelto, ex-Warmen)
John Vihervä (1984)
Jyrki Lentonen (1984-89)
Jari Behm (1992-93)

Antti Ikonen (1988-95) (Timo Tolkki)

Tuomo Lassila (1984-95) (+Vocals1984-85) (Conquest (Fin), Timo Tolkki)


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