STRATOVARIUS: 'Polaris' To Be Reissued With Live CD

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

The track listing for the set is as follows:

CD1

01. Deep Unknown
02. King Of Nothing
03. Winter Skies
04. Higher We Go
05. Emancipation Suite: I Dusk
06. When Mountains Fall
07. Falling Star
08. Blind
09. Forever Is Today
10. Somehow Precious
11. Emancipation Suite: II Dawn

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CD2

01. Destiny (live)
02. Hunting High And Low (live)
03. Speed of Light (live)
04. Kiss Of Judas (live)
05. Deep Unknown (live)
06. A Million Light Years Away (live)
07. Bach: Air Suite (live)
08. Winter Skies (live)
09. Phoenix (live)
10. SOS (live)
11. Forever Is Today (live)
12. King Of Nothing (live)
13. Father Time (live)
14. Higher We Go (live)

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).

In September 2008, freed from many burdens of negativity, the band found the freedom to go into seclusion for almost a month in a cottage by the sea in a Finnish forest to relax, laugh, write songs, be creative together, and record. And they found themselves being a band reborn. The result is a melodic, powerful, fresh, tight, and technically elaborate new album.

"Polaris" was recorded in the fall 2008 at Hästholmen and 5by5 studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mixed by the longtime confidant of the band Mikko Karmila the album became another shining polar star at the Northern sky. Powerful melodies mingle with sophisticated arrangements, strong anthems stand alongside heavy songs. 11 songs full of energy, musicianship, and a positive outlook.

STRATOVARIUS' latest addition is 26-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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