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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
Top 20 albums of 2013: 16

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

Additional musicians:
Jani Liimatainen - accousitc 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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Sword_Chant - 04.11.2012 at 16:32  
Rating: 10 Look forward to hearing where they go with this one
R Lewis - 24.11.2012 at 09:31  
Rating: 9 Can't wait! Elysium was a killer album...
John Shock - 06.12.2012 at 00:42  
  Looking for this it seems interesting...i hope it could be as epic as Elysium was! \m/
Sword_Chant - 20.12.2012 at 20:28  
Rating: 10 You can hear the full song of the single 'Unbreakable' on this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9XbEjJeyeQ
Skeletonryche95 - 24.01.2013 at 12:00  
Rating: 9 I'll Definately be getting this!
Elysium was a great album.
StratoDan1990 - 07.02.2013 at 11:36  
Rating: 10 Just heard the album, not sure what to make of it all at the moment, it's definitely good - sounds like completely new territory and direction but it's fresh and great at the same time. Completely New kind of music for Stratovarius not all the old fans are going to like this.. but i'm an old fan and I LOVE it. Think this album will attract a lot of new fans
Sword_Chant - 09.02.2013 at 22:50  
Rating: 10
Written by StratoDan1990 on 07.02.2013 at 11:36

Just heard the album, not sure what to make of it all at the moment, it's definitely good - sounds like completely new territory and direction but it's fresh and great at the same time. Completely New kind of music for Stratovarius not all the old fans are going to like this.. but i'm an old fan and I LOVE it. Think this album will attract a lot of new fans


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These songs are AMAZING
Italics - 14.02.2013 at 04:56  
  I'm four tracks in so far... so far I like the two songs I've heard already (2 and 4), but I'm not too crazy about tracks 1 and 3. I guess 50% isn't too bad. Hopefully there are some more good songs awaiting me...

EDIT: Album growing on me a lot. Probably an 8/10 for me right now.
ScnD361 - 14.02.2013 at 19:37  
  Out of the Fog is an outstanding song!, my favourite from this album
LICH - 22.02.2013 at 01:48  
  Gonna be lethal , love strat !!!
John Shock - 22.02.2013 at 15:56  
  It's a gratitude for what they've done so far, i already have listened this, now i'm gonna buy it! They deserve! Hail Stratovarius! \m/
MarioCalnSnchez - 22.02.2013 at 17:20  
Rating: 10 An amazing Album.
PocketMetal - 23.02.2013 at 00:23  
  The music is kinda good but the vocals ruined it for me , I'm not a fan of this type of power metal anyway .
mikeprado30 - 25.02.2013 at 03:47  
Rating: 9 What I heard until now is very great! Is far their best since Infinite Even better than the Elements Saga (though I like so much Elements Part I )
JÄY - 25.02.2013 at 22:56  
  Well... Guess I have to listen to it
OpenMind - 25.02.2013 at 23:10  
Rating: 9 I was not expecting such a good album from them !!!!!!! Well done
kurokamen - 26.02.2013 at 18:20  
Rating: 9 Strat is great again??? What madness is this????? XD
musicalkaratekid - 27.02.2013 at 00:56  
Rating: 8 Hard to believe I haven't listened to this band before, since I've recently tried to direct my musical interests towards Power Metal. So this is obviously the first album I've listened to by Stratovarius, and I can honestly say that my impression is that of a good one. The sound in general is very consistent and solid, songs like 'Unbreakable' and the title track proving to be very concise and powerful in their approach. The unashamed balladry of 'If the story is over' works well, and the keyboard flourishes on most of the tracks keep my budding ears engaged. I'll be sure to check out the band's other albums!
Gopherhawk - 27.02.2013 at 07:37  
Rating: 10 Wow. Who saw this coming? A lot more of a Symphony X/Kamelot sound coming from the music this time and way fewer lame lyrics. What a superb record.
Iamawalker - 28.02.2013 at 21:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Gopherhawk on 27.02.2013 at 07:37

Wow. Who saw this coming? A lot more of a Symphony X/Kamelot sound coming from the music this time and way fewer lame lyrics. What a superb record.


This sounds awesome! Now I can't wait to hear it! Admittedly I haven't heard all that much with this band, but imo their previous album was a masterpiece so I'm really looking forward to this.
Gopherhawk - 28.02.2013 at 22:36  
Rating: 10
Written by Iamawalker on 28.02.2013 at 21:57

Written by Gopherhawk on 27.02.2013 at 07:37

Wow. Who saw this coming? A lot more of a Symphony X/Kamelot sound coming from the music this time and way fewer lame lyrics. What a superb record.


This sounds awesome! Now I can't wait to hear it! Admittedly I haven't heard all that much with this band, but imo their previous album was a masterpiece so I'm really looking forward to this.


Admittedly Stratovarius is my favorite band ever, but this one is relieving after the previous two. Lemme know what you think, man! Enjoy!
Dark Cornatus - 02.03.2013 at 02:02  
Rating: 7 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
mikeprado30 - 03.03.2013 at 05:35  
Rating: 9 Well, very nice album. In some tracks it reminded me of the most early Strato times
Opethshed - 03.03.2013 at 17:20  
  This one is well-done musically
But Timo sounds like he paid more effortness to sing well...that's sad...
Deefer46 - 05.03.2013 at 15:19  
Rating: 9 Fuckin hey !...................
R Lewis - 07.03.2013 at 19:46  
Rating: 9
Written by musicalkaratekid on 27.02.2013 at 00:56

I'll be sure to check out the band's other albums!

Be sure to check Visions. Imo is far their best album, and among the best power metal albums in general. It was composed in Timo Tolkki's golden era, the guitar/keyboard duels are simply amazing.
Void Eater - 08.03.2013 at 09:11  
  Favorite album of 2013 so far by a big margin, can't see that changing any time soon.
NO ONE CAN BRING ME DOWN!!!!! I WILL DEFEND MY BELIEFS!!!!!!
R Lewis - 08.03.2013 at 16:05  
Rating: 9 Daaaaaaamn. Even the bonus tracks are masterpieces.
LordHypnos - 09.03.2013 at 03:38  
Rating: 8 Hmmm... Guess I'll give this album a chance and take a listen...
Neroese - 10.03.2013 at 12:01  
  Very very.
Gopherhawk - 10.03.2013 at 23:22  
Rating: 10 If you haven't already definitely check out the Japanese artwork for this album.
R Lewis - 11.03.2013 at 21:43  
Rating: 9
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
lord.cerapis - 13.03.2013 at 16:09  
Rating: 7 WTF???? Electronic power??? Nemesis would be so much better if there weren't the electronic keyboards and fillers...
Mountain King - 01.04.2013 at 18:42  
Rating: 9 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...
Mountain King - 05.04.2013 at 21:10  
Rating: 9 Okay 9 it is. Better than Elysium, it keeps gettin better. Fantasy is the only track I didn't like a lot...
Azazel - 06.04.2013 at 01:30  
Rating: 9 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.
qlacs - 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.
Dark Cornatus - 15.05.2013 at 01:14  
Rating: 7
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.
Maco - 29.05.2013 at 02:14  
Rating: 10 First time i'm listening this band. Fucking cool!!!
Gopherhawk - 30.05.2013 at 22:17  
Rating: 10 THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE AIR, SOMETHING ISN'T THERE, SOMETHING THAT I HAD JUST YESTERDAY.
Soviet - 13.06.2013 at 10:13  
Rating: 10 So good, one of the best i've ever heard. Album of the year for sure.
Spanishkiller - 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
Risto - 22.07.2013 at 17:02  
 
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
gnirpz - 05.10.2013 at 16:41  
Rating: 8 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!
Titan1930 - 27.10.2013 at 05:54  
Rating: 9 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
MSA - 31.10.2013 at 18:02  
Rating: 9 Man, that "unbreakable" chorus sticks in your brain...
Xukaniz - 09.12.2013 at 18:35  
Rating: 8 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.
LordHypnos - 20.12.2013 at 02:11  
Rating: 8 Can't stop listening to Fantasy!
_deepblack - 27.04.2014 at 14:02  
Rating: 8 Great power album
The Norseman - 24.06.2014 at 16:08  
Rating: 6 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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