STRATOVARIUS: 'Elysium' Collector's Edition Detailed

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS will release their thirteenth full-length studio album, "Elysium", in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the world on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel. A single with two new songs will be released on November 26 to coincide with the start of the "7 Sinners World Tour" on which STRATOVARIUS will join HELLOWEEN as very special guests — kicking off the same day at the Szene in Vienna, Austria.

The following tracks will be part of the single:

* Darkest Hours (from the upcoming album "Elysium")
* Infernal Maze (from the upcoming album "Elysium")
* Darkest Hours (demo version)
* Against The Wind (live recording, Sofia, Bulgaria)
* Black Diamond (live recording, Göteborg, Sweden)

"Elysium" will be released as a regular CD; a deluxe digipak edition with bonus track; a "collector's edition" (featuring two exclusive bonus tracks on a seven-inch single); and on vinyl.

"Elysium" collector's edition track listing:

Disc 1:

01. Darkest Hours
02. Under Flaming Skies
03. Infernal Maze
04. Fairness Justified
05. The Game Never Ends
06. Lifetime In A Moment
07. Move The Mountain
08. Event Horizon
09. Elysium

Disc 2:

01. Darkest Hours (Demo)
02. Under Flaming Skies (Demo)
03. Infernal Maze (Demo)
04. Fairness Justified (Demo)
05. The Game Never Ends (Demo)
06. Lifetime In A Moment (Demo)
07. Move The Mountain (Demo)
08. Event Horizon (Demo)
09. Elysium (Demo)

7" single:

A. Last Shore
B. Hallowed

The cover artwork was created by Gyula Havancsák and can be viewed below.

"Polaris", the 2009 comeback album from STRATOVARIUS, was reissued as a two-CD digipak on May 21 via earMUSIC/Edel. In addition to the original album, the package includes a bonus disc containing 75 minutes of live material recorded during the "Polaris" tour and spanning the band's entire history.

STRATOVARIUS' first CD since the departure of guitar player and main composer Timo Tolkki, "Polaris" was released in the U.S. in May 2009 via Armoury Records (a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment).

STRATOVARIUS' latest addition is 27-year-old Finnish guitar phenomenon Matias Kupiainen. Drummer Jörg Michael said, "In Matias we found new character who fits perfectly with his way of melodic guitar shredding. He is a killer player, a 'wunderkind' from Finland!"

STRATOVARIUS 2010 is:

Timo Kotipelto - Vocals
Matias Kupiainen - Guitars
Lauri Porra - Bass
Jörg Michael - Drums
Jens Johansson - Keyboards

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