After the success of the “Polaris” and “Elysium” albums and the warm response to the CD/DVD/Blu-ray “Live In Tampere” that featured one show of the band’s last world tour with longtime drummer Jörg Michael, STRATOVARIUS is about to reinforce its position as one of the undisputed leading name of the prog-symphonic metal genre with “Nemesis”, an album that promises to be one of its best ever.

STRATOVARIUS recently entered the studio again, only a few weeks after having completed the new CD, to record an additional song they had been working on for a while. The acoustic ballad, “Old Man And The Sea”, will be an extra track included in the 2,500 numbered limited-edition vinyl version of “Nemesis”.

With “Nemesis” two months from release, STRATOVARIUS will soon shoot the first video clip from the CD and is inviting its fans to take part in the filming process.

Fans are being asked to send a picture of their most precious STRATOVARIUS fan item to: T-Shirts, a signed concert poster, drawings, CDs official or… not, self-made shirts, flags or anything that they feel is rare or unique related to any phase or moment of the band’s long history. The possibilities are endless! The band will select the most original and fun fan items to be featured in the clip. Deadline to send in photos is January 23. All received items will be returned in mint condition.

STRATOVARIUS will try to find the time to comment and share all the memories brought back by all pictures through the band’s and earMUSIC‘s Facebook pages.

On top of the newly announced 2LP edition, “Nemesis” will be released on February 22 via earMUSIC as an 11-track CD and as a special-edition 13-track hardcover CD.

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“Nemesis” track listing:

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

An audio sample of the song “Unbreakable” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.