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Nemesis [2 LP]
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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.
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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.....Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’ll start by saying I’m a huge Stratovarius fan, both Tolkki and post-Tolkki eras, and I’m particularly a fan of Matias. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patrick Ashe
I'm just said cause the plastic cover came broken! =(Published 8 months ago by Arthur de Oliveira Ramos
Packed well and shipped quickly. Sounds great and have listened to it many times.Published 17 months ago by Robert Charles Collins Jr.
Nemesis is certainly a continuation of success from Stratovarius' previous album, Elysium. The songs on the album are played at a faster pace with more emotional sparks attached. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Andy H.