Polaris (Stratovarius album)

Polaris is the twelfth studio album by power metal band Stratovarius, released on 15 May 2009. It is the first Stratovarius album to feature bassist Lauri Porra and guitarist Matias Kupiainen, following former bassist Jari Kainulainen‘s departure from the band in 2005 and former guitarist Timo Tolkki‘s departure in 2008.

2009 studio album by Stratovarius
Polaris
Studio album by

Released 15 May 2009 (2009-05-15)[1]
Recorded September–December 2008 at Finnvox Studios, Hästfittan Studios and 5 by 5 Audio in Pitäjänmäki; Musicworks; Timo Kotipelto‘s home; Der Bunker
Genre
Length 54:55[2]
Label Edel
Producer Stratovarius
Stratovarius chronology
Black Diamond: The Anthology
(2006)
Polaris
(2009)
Elysium
(2011)
Alternative cover

Vinyl edition
Singles from Polaris
  1. Deep Unknown” / “Higher We Go
    Released: 29 April 2009[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [4]

Timo Kotipelto, who at the time of Polaris’ release had been a member of Stratovarius the longest (since 1994) among the current members, considered Polaris to be “the album that saved the band” and said that “without it there would not be any Stratovarius.”[5] More time passed between the release of Stratovarius’ eponymous album Stratovarius in 2005 and the release of Polaris than between any other two consecutive albums released by the band. Stratovarius in 2006[6] had recorded a demo album called Revolution Renaissance, performed one Revolution Renaissance song live in August 2007 (“Last Night on Earth”) and according to Kotipelto had intended to release a completed version of the album in 2008.[7] However, the songs of that album were re-recorded and released in 2008 as New Era, the first album of Tolkki’s new band, Revolution Renaissance, which acquired the album’s prior name.

Polaris reached No. 2 on the Finnish albums chart, as well as reaching the top 70 in five other countries.[1][8]Deep Unknown” was released as a single, reaching No. 20 on the Finnish singles chart.[9] In its first week of release, the album sold around 800 copies in the U.S.[10]

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No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. “Deep Unknown” Timo Kotipelto Matias Kupiainen 4:28
2. “Falling Star” Lauri Porra Porra 4:33
3. “King of Nothing” Jens Johansson Johansson 6:43
4. “Blind” Johansson Johansson 5:28
5. “Winter Skies” Johansson Johansson 5:50
6. “Forever Is Today” Porra Porra 4:40
7. “Higher We Go” Kotipelto Kotipelto, Kupiainen 3:47
8. “Somehow Precious” Kotipelto Kotipelto, Kupiainen 5:37
9. “Emancipation Suite Part I: Dusk” Porra Porra 6:57
10. “Emancipation Suite Part II: Dawn” Porra Porra 3:40
11. “When Mountains Fall” Porra Porra 3:12
Total length: 54:55
Digipak edition bonus track
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
12. “Deep Unknown (Mikko Raita Vinyl Mix)” Kotipelto Kupiainen 4:46
Japanese edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Deep Unknown” Kotipelto, Kupiainen 4:28
2. “Falling Star” Porra 4:33
3. “King of Nothing” Johansson 6:43
4. “Second Sight” Kotipelto, Kupiainen 4:25
5. “Blind” Johansson 5:28
6. “Winter Skies” Johansson 5:50
7. “Forever Is Today” Porra 4:40
8. “Higher We Go” Kotipelto, Kupiainen 3:47
9. “Somehow Precious” Kotipelto, Kupiainen 5:37
10. “Emancipation Suite Part I: Dusk” Porra 6:57
11. “Emancipation Suite Part II: Dawn” Porra 3:40
12. “When Mountains Fall” Porra 3:12
7″ vinyl collector’s edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Second Sight (Mikko Karmilla Polycarbonate Mix)” Kotipelto, Kupiainen  
2. “King Of Nothing (Matias Kupiainen Death Star Mix)” Johansson  
Digipak edition reissue live bonus disc
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. “Destiny” Timo Tolkki Tolkki 10:12
2. Hunting High and Low Kotipelto Tolkki 5:07
3. Speed of Light Kotipelto Tolkki 3:14
4. “The Kiss of Judas” Kotipelto Tolkki 6:54
5. “Deep Unknown” Kotipelto Kupiainen 5:08
6. A Million Light Years Away Tolkki Tolkki 5:33
7. Bach: Air Suite (instrumental) Johann Sebastian Bach 2:17
8. Winter Skies Johansson Johansson 5:19
9. Phoenix Tolkki Tolkki 6:08
10. SOS Tolkki, Kotipelto Tolkki 3:55
11. “Forever is Today” Porra Porra 5:15
12. “King of Nothing” Johansson Johansson 6:39
13. Father Time Kotipelto, Richard Johnson Tolkki 5:19
14. “Higher We Go” Kotipelto Kotipelto, Kupiainen 4:07
Total length: 75:07

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