Stratovarius - Nemesis


8.5 | 463 votes |
Release date: 22 February 2013
Style: Power metal

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01. Abandon
02. Unbreakable
03. Stand My Ground
04. Halcyon Days
05. Fantasy
06. Out Of The Fog
07. Castles In The Air
08. Dragons
09. One Must Fall
10. If The Story Is Over
11. Nemesis
12. Kill It with Fire [Japanese bonus]
13. Fireborn [Limited edition bonus]
14. Hunter [Limited edition bonus]

The Best Power Metal Album Of 2013

Line-up
Timo Kotipelto - vocals
Jens Johansson - keyboards
Matias Kupiainen - guitar
Rolf "Rolle" Pilve - drums
Lauri Porra - bass

Additional musicians:
Jani Liimatainen - acoustic guitar
Joakim Jokela - whistling

Backing vocals - Susanna Koski, Anna Maria Parkkinen, Anna-Maria Jalkanen, Alexa Leroux, Tipe Johnson, Hepa Waara, Jani Liimatainen, Ari Sievälä, James Lascelles, Dane Stefaniuk, Koop Arponen III.

Additional info
Mastered at Finnvox Studios.
Limited edition digibook with two bonus tracks:
Fireborn (Bonus Track)
Hunter (Bonus Track)

Staff review by
R'Vannith
Rating:
8.2
What a difference a line-up change can make. An energy is present in Stratovarius's camp which can only be pinned down to a fresh chemistry. New gun Rolf Pilve has quite the role to fill and expectations are high as he replaces Jorg Michael who provided the drums for many of the band's classic records. Perseverance is key and even after all their previous dramas Stratovarius have made Nemesis their most expressive return to form.

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published 14.03.2013 | Comments (15)

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10.03.2013 - 23:22
Rating: 10
Gopherhawk
If you haven't already definitely check out the Japanese artwork for this album.
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11.03.2013 - 21:43
Rating: 9
R Lewis
That Useless Guy
Written by Gopherhawk on 10.03.2013 at 23:22

If you haven't already definitely check out the Japanese artwork for this album.

Yeah, definitely prettier
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We could be so much more than we are. Stop.
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13.03.2013 - 16:09
Rating: 7
lord.cerapis
WTF???? Electronic power??? Nemesis would be so much better if there weren't the electronic keyboards and fillers...
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01.04.2013 - 18:42
Rating: 9
Mountain King
K i K o
I'll rate it 8 till now. I mean of course It's great and it's Stratovarius who I think have lots of amazing albums but calling this one their best? Hell no. Not close to Visions or Infinite that I easily rate as 10. Need to listen to Nemesis more to form a good rating, the production is great as usual, Mathias is a great guitarist one of the best around and the songs are really catchy and heavy, but for some reason I always prefer Polaris out of the 3 new albums. "Winter Skies" is way better than "If The Story Is Over". It's one of their best songs ever and so is "Deep Unknown"...Anyway very good album, my favorites till now would be "Unbreakable", "Out Of The Fog", "Halcyon Days" and "Castles In The Air" with it's nice solos...
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05.04.2013 - 21:10
Rating: 9
Mountain King
K i K o
Okay 9 it is. Better than Elysium, it keeps gettin better. Fantasy is the only track I didn't like a lot...
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06.04.2013 - 01:30
Sean 79
If your listening to this album while driving, beware of speed limits! Got caught speeding today while it was playing. Didn't even realize i was speeding. STRATOVARIUS MADE ME DO IT!!! Don't think the cop would have believed me. Great album, probably my favourite.
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12.05.2013 - 17:06
qlacs
"The Quaker"
Written by Dark Cornatus on 02.03.2013 at 02:02

Old school Strato fan here. Didn't like this album much at all. I can see how newer listeners might like it but it's nothing compared to their earlier albums. They did what Symphony X did, turn from being unique sounding into generic crap filled with boring riffs and ridiculous symphonics. Timo also isn't showing his great emotive voice. Their last few albums were pretty average too, though i like some songs.

Didn't mean to put a blemish on the stream of good reviews, but it did nothing for me (granted - only one listen so far so i didn't rate too low).

My personal favourite Strato song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6fCpxDPVso

Interesting that you say they wen't unoriginal while your favourite song from them is a straight Iron Maiden copy.
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15.05.2013 - 01:14
Rating: 7
Dark Cornatus
Powerslave
Written by qlacs on 12.05.2013 at 17:06

Written by Dark Cornatus on 02.03.2013 at 02:02

Old school Strato fan here. Didn't like this album much at all. I can see how newer listeners might like it but it's nothing compared to their earlier albums. They did what Symphony X did, turn from being unique sounding into generic crap filled with boring riffs and ridiculous symphonics. Timo also isn't showing his great emotive voice. Their last few albums were pretty average too, though i like some songs.

Didn't mean to put a blemish on the stream of good reviews, but it did nothing for me (granted - only one listen so far so i didn't rate too low).

My personal favourite Strato song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6fCpxDPVso

Interesting that you say they wen't unoriginal while your favourite song from them is a straight Iron Maiden copy.


Just because someone has found similarities with an Iron Maiden song, it doesn't make it a copy (assuming you are talking about the youtbue comment about Mother Russia). Personally i can barely see any similarity except from a part of the intro. The songs are entirely different. Bands draw inspiration from Maiden, i've heard heaps of similar songs of the years, but it doesn't make it a 'copy'.

The new Strato album is filled with Symphony X and Kamelot sounding parts too anyway.
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29.05.2013 - 02:14
Maco
First time i'm listening this band. Fucking cool!!!
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I'm derp.
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30.05.2013 - 22:17
Rating: 10
Gopherhawk
THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE AIR, SOMETHING ISN'T THERE, SOMETHING THAT I HAD JUST YESTERDAY.
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13.06.2013 - 10:13
Rating: 10
Jomsviking
So good, one of the best i've ever heard. Album of the year for sure.
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Fear the Old Blood
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22.07.2013 - 15:12
Spanishkiller
Written by Maco on 29.05.2013 at 02:14

First time i'm listening this band. Fucking cool!!!


U kidding???? :S
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22.07.2013 - 17:02
Risto
Wandering Midget
Written by Spanishkiller on 22.07.2013 at 15:12

Written by Maco on 29.05.2013 at 02:14

First time i'm listening this band. Fucking cool!!!


U kidding???? :S

Cut him some slack, he's only 15
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05.10.2013 - 16:41
Rating: 8
gnirpz
I listenned two or three time that album before put it on the side. I rated them 8/10. It was good, power metal album of the year so far. I had too much 2013 albums to listen so I didn't listen Nemesis since few weeks/months.

Now, I'm doing a recap of my "2013 essentials" by relistenning all the album in order and doing small changes in the order of my top list, and I'm at the 24th now, Stratovarius - Nemesis...

Apologize...

I will rerate that one at 9/10 and put it in my top 10 probably... What a great power metal album!
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27.10.2013 - 05:54
Rating: 9
Titan1930
Old school strat fan here, i really liked a lot this album is far the best album since infinite, i like how the band is getting better albums with this lineup
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31.10.2013 - 18:02
Rating: 9
MSA
Man, that "unbreakable" chorus sticks in your brain...
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09.12.2013 - 18:35
Rating: 8
Xukaniz
Early Stratovarius is good, but this album wandered in to a new territory that definitely piqued my interest. The journey to the heavier side was refreshing to hear, and it frequents my playlists relatively often nowadays.
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20.12.2013 - 02:11
Rating: 8
Dead Eternity
Can't stop listening to Fantasy!
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27.04.2014 - 14:02
Rating: 8
_deepblack
Great power album
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24.06.2014 - 16:08
Rating: 6
The Norseman
I love power metal but for some reason I never really managed to enjoy Stratovarius, I want to and I try to but there is something on their music that just doesn't hit me like it should. There were times I thought it was Timo's voice but I loved it in Cain's Offering with Jani.

I know it won the best power metal album of 2013 award and I love the "Fantasy" song but other than that I really don't get what people see here. I wonder if the album would have such acclaim if released under a different band name.
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