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Stratovarius is a power metal band from Finland. They became more popular in the '90s, and throughout their career have inspired upcoming power metal bands with their baroque arranged keyboard solos & Ritchie Blackmore-like guitar portions.

Stratovarius was founded in Finland in 1984 from former members of the band Black Water. They went through a number of personnel and musical changes before the band found its own voice. In 1984, the name was changed to Stratovarius (a portmanteau of Stratocaster and Stradivarius), an idea of Stråhlman's. Read more on

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Album: Stratovarius – Elysium

January 27th, 2011

Edel Music
14 January 2011

by Tom Dare

There are returns to form, and there is cynically seeking refuge in the time people liked you and bought your records that leave you rather cold. With this, their thirteenth album, Stratovarius have firmly and triumphantly returned to form in the best possible way. Time to practice your air keytar. [Read more →]

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