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STRATOVARIUS: Nemesis Album Samples Posted Record to See North American Release Next Tuesday!

STRATOVARIUS: Nemesis Album Samples Posted

Record to See North American Release Next Tuesday!

 

In celebration of the upcoming release of their new full-length, Nemesis,  melodic metal legends STRATOVARIUS are offering up sound/video snippets of its e;even tracks. Produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios), Nemesis will be released in North America via earMUSIC in conjunction with Armoury Records next Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

From the signature power of “Abandon,” and the aggressively energetic “Stand My Ground,” to the folkish elements of “Out Of The Fog,” and the title track “Nemesis,” which boasts medieval melodies and double bass drumming, Nemesis delivers new elements fused with the traditional melodic power metal for whichSTRATOVARIUS is known. In an early review of the record, Metal Underground dubs Nemesis, “one of the finest releases in the band’s history,” while Metal Reviews gushes, “… Nemesis is pure epic! It is grandiose, majestic, melodic yet heavy when it needs to be. It’s an unexpected return to form for STRATOVARIUS. It’s what power metal should sound like, period! It is without the shadow of a doubt STRATOVARIUS‘ best album in ages… Album of the year award? You betchya! If you are a fan of this band, you can’t afford to miss this incredible album.” Metalholic, in a perfect 10/10 rating, notes, “Nemesis has a lot of the traditionalSTRATOVARIUS power metal edge, but they’ve managed to evolve and develop their sound to a much more rounded, matured, and polished heavy metal… This album hit the very depths of my core, my will, my heart, and my soul… This is more than music, it’s a masterpiece, and should go down in the book of heavy metal as one of the best heavy metal albums of all time,” while About.com adds, “Nemesis finds the band recapturing the magic of their glory days. Most importantly, the songwriting is excellent as the band seems determined to capture memorable songs that sit alongside the best of their catalog.”

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ANNIHILATOR Mainman’s Guest Appearance On New CHILDREN OF BODOM Album To Be Recorded Next Week

ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters will record a guest appearance next week on the new album from Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM.

In a recent interview with Finland’s Soundi magazine, CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho stated about Waters’ contribution to the new BODOM CD: “I played on ANNIHILATOR‘s album ‘Metal’ in 2007, so the way I see it, Jeff Waters owes BODOM a solo or two! It’s payback time.”

CHILDREN OF BODOM recently entered Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki to begin work on its as-yet-untitled eighth album. For the recording of the LP, CHILDREN OF BODOM has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their fan-favorite albums “Hatebreeder”, “Follow The Reaper” and “Hate Crew Deathroll”, as well as Swedish producer Peter Tägtgren (MARDUK, AMON AMARTH), who is overseeing production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album will be mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki for a summer release via Nuclear Blast Records.

“It’s a nice change to the regular method where we lock ourselves up at a studio in the middle of the woods, usually also during the darkest time of the year,” Laiho said. Tägtgren travelled to Finland earlier thos month to oversee the keyboard and vocal recordings for his longtime allies.

In an in-depth interview with Soundi last September, CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Roope Latvala expressed interest in taking a more prominent role in the arranging of the band material.

“In my opinion many guitar parts could be made more interesting and balanced with just minor tweaks,” Roope said, perhaps inspired by his recent work with Finn composer Anssi Tikanmäki‘s national anthem album project.

Has this comment led to Alexi giving the former STONE axeman more leeway and responsibility in the fine-tuning of the songwriting process?

“Now that you mention it, Roope did voice his opinions more than usual this time around,” Alexi said. “And maybe the others, too. As far as the actual question goes, the usual rule applies: all good ideas are taken into consideration.”

And finally, CHILDREN OF BODOM wouldn’t be CHILDREN OF BODOM without some new off-the-wall cover tracks recorded during the sessions for later use as bonus tracks for the as-of-yet untitled disc, due out before the summer.

“We will be doing our versions of songs by BANANARAMA and ROXETTE, and a track chosen for us by the readers of the Japanese magazine Burrn!Alexi said.