Elysium (Stratovarius album)

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Elysium
Stratovarius - 2011 - Elysium.jpg
Studio album by Stratovarius
Released 12 January 2011 (2011-01-12)[1]
Recorded 2010 at 5 by 5 Audio in Pitäjänmäki
Genre Power metal, progressive metal, neoclassical metal
Length 56:29[2]
Label Victor
Producer Matias Kupiainen
Stratovarius chronology
Polaris
(2009)
Elysium
(2011)
Nemesis
(2013)
Alternative cover
Collector's edition
Singles from Elysium
  1. "Darkest Hours" / "Infernal Maze"
    Released: 26 November 2010[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 3/5[5]
Metal Storm 8/10[6]

Elysium is the thirteenth studio album by power metal band Stratovarius, released on 12 January 2011 through Victor Entertainment (Japan) and on 14 January through Edel AG (worldwide).[1] It is the last Stratovarius album to feature longtime drummer Jörg Michael, who left the band in 2012. Elysium reached No. 1 on the Finnish albums chart, as well as reaching the top 80 in five other countries.[7][8] "Darkest Hours" was released as a single, reaching No. 4 on the Finnish singles chart.[3]

Overview[edit]

The official track listing for Elysium was first announced by keyboardist Jens Johansson on the forum of the band's website on 8 November 2010.[9] The album was released on four different formats: a regular CD; a deluxe Digipak edition CD with a bonus disc containing demos of the entire album; a double-disc collector's edition CD with two bonus tracks on a 7" single; and on vinyl.[1] At a length of 18:07, Elysium's title track is by far the longest Stratovarius song to date. The album cover art was created by Gyula Havancsák and features the same star-shaped spacecraft from Polaris (2009).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Darkest Hours" Timo Kotipelto, Matias Kupiainen Kupiainen 4:11
2. "Under Flaming Skies" Kotipelto Kotipelto, Kupiainen 3:51
3. "Infernal Maze" Kotipelto Kupiainen 5:33
4. "Fairness Justified" Kotipelto Kupiainen 4:20
5. "The Game Never Ends" Jens Johansson Johansson 3:53
6. "Lifetime in a Moment" Lauri Porra Porra 6:38
7. "Move the Mountain" Johansson Johansson 5:33
8. "Event Horizon" Kotipelto Kupiainen 4:23
9. "Elysium"
  • "Part I"
  • "Part II"
  • "Part III"
Kupiainen, Kotipelto Kupiainen 18:07
Total length: 56:29

Personnel[edit]

Stratovarius[edit]

Additional credits[edit]

  • Risto Kupiainen – keyboard programming, orchestral arrangement (track 3, 10), orchestral programming (tracks 1, 3, 10), choir programming (tracks 4, 9)
  • Perttu Vänskä – orchestral arrangement (tracks 1, 2, 4, 9), orchestral programming (tracks 2, 4, 9), engineering, editing
  • Arzka Sievälä – choir
  • Jani Liimatainen – choir
  • Aleksi Parviainen – choir
  • Tipe Johnson – choir
  • Anssi Stenberg – choir
  • Marko "Hepa" Waara – choir
  • Kalle Keski-Orvola – engineering, editing
  • Santtu Lehtiniemi – engineering (guitar)
  • Mikko Karmila – mixing (tracks 1, 2, 5–7)
  • Svante Försback – mastering

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2011 Finnish albums chart 1[7]
German albums chart 38[7]
Swiss albums chart 45[7]
Billboard Heatseekers 47[8]
French albums chart 70[7]
Belgian albums chart 80[7]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
2011 "Darkest Hours" Finnish singles chart 4[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stratovarius: 'Elysium' Collector's Edition Detailed". Blabbermouth. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  2. ^ Elysium (CD release "Icarus 692").
  3. ^ a b c "Stratovarius - Darkest Hours (song)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Elysium - Stratovarius". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  5. ^ Stagno, Mike (2011-01-10). "Stratovarius - Elysium (album review 3)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  6. ^ Doc Godin (2011-01-12). "Stratovarius - Elysium review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Stratovarius - Elysium (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  8. ^ a b "Elysium - Stratovarius | Awards" AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  9. ^ Johansson, Jens (2010-11-08). ""Darkest Hours" single teaser!". Stratovarius Community Forum. Retrieved 2014-01-10.

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