Wacht wat? Nieuwe muziek van Stratovarius? Ja hoor, je hebt het goed gelezen, na zeven jaar niets nieuws te hebben uitgebracht is deze nostalgische symphonic metalband terug van weggeweest! Survive is niet alleen de naam van deze single, maar meteen ook van hun volgende album, welke op 23 september zal uitkomen. Goeie binnenkomer ook wel, met riffs die een pak steviger zijn dan ik me Stratovarius kan herinneren en geweldig hoge volcals die nog steeds even goed klinken. Ben ik van mijn sokken geblazen door dit nummer? Hmm... niet per se, maar wel ben ik aangenaam verrast en benieuwd naar meer!
Seven years after the release of their last album “Eternal”, Stratovarius once more prove their status as Symphonic Metal flagship and come back with a big bang.
Not only musically the band is once more at the pulse of time - The environment and humanity’s future have always been an important and reoccurring theme in Stratovarius’ music and so the title of the new album “Survive” as well as the accompanying artwork don’t surprise - especially in the view of the current global situation.
A blistering comeback from one of heavy metal’s most seminal bands, Survive is full of dynamics and drama, feeding on a wide range of emotions along the way. But the core message that this triumphant endeavour conveys is one of struggle, defiance, hope and victory.
“We spent five or six days solid, trying to come up with the lyrics for that song,” notes Jens Johansson. “When we finally settled on that punchline for the chorus, it was a good song about survival and it all just seemed to fit. It fits with the history of the band too, because we managed to survive as long as we have. This band has been through some strange days! The original line-up formed in 1984, so it’s been a long story. It was the middle of the summer, there were forest fires everywhere, there was a global pandemic and all kinds of crazy shit going on. Some of the lyrics are perhaps less uplifting than they could have been, but that reflects our mood at the time. There’s a lot of positive stuff on there as well!”