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Nemesis shows all the exciting elements of Stratovarius, and presents a band very sure of its possibilities. It's melodic, powerful, fresh and technically elaborated. It's heavy as much as it can be but at the same time it shows an incredible sense of melody.

Produced and mixed by new guitarist Matias Kupiainen, and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox studios, Nemesis pushes on the modern direction taken with the previous 2 Stratovarius albums. Fans of Elysium will be blown away by Nemesis. The songwriting is inspirational and avoids clichés; each band member is under the spotlight and contributes to a monstrous sound...

The album has it all: great guitar solos, dueling with Johansson keyboard solos, great vocals and a rhythm section like no other in heavy metal. Stratovarius has been kissed by the muse of inspiration on this album, which is destined to be one of their all times favorites.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Abandon
  2. Unbreakable
  3. Stand My Ground
  4. Halcyon Days
  5. Fantasy
  6. Out Of The Fog
  7. Castles In The Air
  8. Dragons

Disc: 2

  1. One Must Fall
  2. If The Story Is Over
  3. Nemesis
  4. Hunter
  5. Fireborn
  6. Old Man And The Sea (Exclusive Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Vinyl (March 12, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Armoury Records
  • ASIN: B00B4MB4NK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I was able to listen to the different tracks on YouTube before I actually received the album and I was very impressed. Now that I have the CD, it is sitting nicely next to all of my other Strato albums.

Personally, this is a great album and one that sounds like it is supposed to fit right after Elysium. The production is slick and very commercial, but still heavy and there are many remnants of the older Strato formula, even though Timo Tolkki is not on the album. The guitars sound a little more raw though and that really fits with the music they have written. The bass guitar still has sounds similar to what the old bass player used to do. The keyboards are very upfront and as a keyboardist, I like that because there is a dimension that keys bring that actually HELP this sound more metal than simply adding another guitar track. The drums are very good too and sound much like the drums on Dream Theater's 'Images and Words' album, so they are very powerful. The vocals are classic Timo Kotipelto and I think that he has established himself in the past as the "voice" that metal should have and he keeps it going here.
I have read other reviews on other sites where they are slamming this album, saying that it is too commercial. As far as I am concerned, everything that Strato has done has a bit of commercialism to it and that is okay. It makes it easier to listen to and if it gets them radio play, then great. This music should be heard. This is a slick package and really has me impressed by their musicianship. My only question is, and it may be totally non-founded because I have never seen them live, how are they gonna pull this production off live? There are so many things going on (the layers of keys and guitars, the vocal choirs, etc...). This is good stuff.....
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Aren't most reviews, but some people tend to forget that. One thing that drives me absolutely crazy about some band fanboys/girls is that few of them can accept sometimes even their beloved bands can have an aural hiccup every now and then. Doesn't mean someone isn't a "true fan". That happened to me with Kamelot's 'Poetry for the Poisoned' and now with 'Nemesis'.

It has taken me over twenty listens for some songs to resonate and for now my favorites are Halcyon Days, Stand My Ground and One Must Fall. That may change.

In my mind an 'okay' Stratovarius album is always a million times better than the BEST Top 40 sludge churned out on the airwaves. Not that Nemesis is bad in my mind, but the hallmarks that I've grown to expect are more muted this time. I was expecting an album named for the goddess of retribution to be somewhat heavier and darker. Makes sense right? Even Timo's vocals lack their signature punch. The only instruments which have more impact are Jens Johanssen's keyboards and Lauri Porra's bass. Interestingly enough the one song I love--Halcyon Days--is the one song that seems to be driving some hardcore Strato fans berserk. To be honest, I don't even know why I like it, lol. Maybe I'm just in a place mentally where this song resonates on some deep level. It's catchy and I just can't stop listening to it. In fact I'm listening to it right now. In spite of the obvious dubstep influence, I really can't see this song being played at a club anytime soon.

Unfortunately there's no nine-plus-minute epics like Infinity or Elysium. There's no crunchy slower-tempo tunes like my favorite Lifetime in a Moment.
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You're reading a review written by someone who's favorite band has been Stratovarius for a decade and counting, and it was written the day the album came out. Taking into account the popularity of the band in the metal world, you've probably heard a few tidbits about the album so far. I'm going to simply review the album for what it is in my perspective and where I see it fitting into the Stratovarius archive overall.

Stratovarius has been #1 for me for 10 years for one leading reason: The songs pick up the listener (save some of the older songs, like Twilight Symphony and Dreamspace). Almost any Stratovarius song makes for wonderful morning music. I can proudly listen to this music around anybody anywhere anytime. (I sang Eagleheart while skydiving for heaven's sake.) But I'm not some maniac who walks around "hell year Stratovarius hell yeah hell yeah!!" I'm not some possessed thrash metal maniac who wears steel-tipped boots seven days a week or anything. A friend of mine has called me a "metalhead incognito."

The way Stratovarius songs "pick up" the listener is, in a way, this band's intensity, or aggression. They've never had more than three really fast songs on one album before (unless you count the sections in Holy Light or Visions as full songs), yet no Stratovarius album is a walk in the park. The aggression on this album is found in the effect the songs have on the listener - not that the instruments are firing on all cylinders the way we have seen in the past with songs like the progressive Deep Unknown, the fast Black Diamond or Father Time, or the ambitious Elements.

The first 3 songs are where you'll find Stratovarius-esque classics like Eagleheart and Hunting High and Low that we'll still be talking about 6 years from now.
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