"Halcyon Days", the new video from Finnish/Swedish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS, can be seen below. The clip was shot in Lithuania by Pekka Hara and perfectly captures the song's theme of finding one's peace of mind.
At once aggressive and sinister in its almost techno-influenced stormy moments, the chorus and bridge of "Halcyon Days" reflects serenity with its hopeful and powerful melody. Referring to a legend that there were seven days of peace in the midst of a stormy season, the song also features this quiet moment of passing through the eye of the storm.
Explains the band: "It was a really nice experience working with Pekka and his team, and Lithuania was a pleasant surprise — very friendly people there — and everything worked out great. This video sets the mood of the song perfectly. And the fact is: a band is nothing without the fans."
Prior to the video shoot, the band had launched a fan competition asking their supporters to send a picture of their most prized STRATOVARIUS item. Over 100 items were sent, of which the band handpicked the 10 most original objects, which are now featured in the video. Over the course of the next weeks, STRATOVARIUS will also launch a special fan item version of the video on their official Facebook page.
"Halcyon Days" comes off STRATOVARIUS' latest full-length album, "Nemesis", which was released via earMUSIC. Hailed by the media as, "the best STRATOVARIUS album in many, many years" by Metal Hammer Germany, "a collection of the band’s greatest hits that you never heard until now" by Metal Underground in the U.S. and "the strongest STRATOVARIUS album since the beginning of the century" by KaaosZine in Finland, STRATOVARIUS was once again able to live up to its reputation as one of the leading names of the metal genre, once again exceeding fans' and critics' expectations and charting all over the world: Finland at #3, Czech Republic at #12, Switzerland at #30, Spain at #32, Germany at #41, Sweden at #44, France at #56, Norway at #56, Austria at #62 and Canada at #126.
"Nemesis" has a dark and more modern sound compared to the band's last album, "Elysium". It clearly shows how much the band has matured and grown as songwriters. At the same time, the band focused all their attention and work into creating and recording "Nemesis". Singer Timo Kotipelto spent three weeks recording the vocals in a cottage in the Finnish countryside.
"Nemesis" track listing:
03. Stand My Ground
04. Halcyon Days
06. Out Of The Fog
07. Castles In The Air
09. One Must Fall
10. If The Story Is Over
STRATOVARIUS in June 2012 announced the addition of drummer Rolf Pilve to the group's ranks.