Stratovarius 由歌手和鼓手Tuomo Lassila，吉他手StaffanStråhlman和贝斯手JohnVihervä 于1984年8月成立，名称为Black Water。阵容的变化很快开始发生，包括两个月后，蒂莫·托尔基（Timo Tolkki）取代斯特拉尔曼（Stråhlman）并接任歌唱职务，第二年随着键盘手安蒂·伊科宁（Antti Ikonen）的到来，乐队扩展到了四重奏。在此阵容之下，乐队于1989年发行了首张专辑Fright Night，而托尔基则是唯一的歌曲作者。当乐队经历了许多贝斯手的时候，乐队于1992年发行了专辑Twilight Time和Dreamspace1994年。1994年，Tolkki决定不再担任主唱，而Kotipelto则加入了乐队。1995年，《第四维度》发行后，伊科宁和最后一位创始成员拉西拉离开了乐队，分别由詹斯·约翰逊和乔格·迈克尔取代。
由Kotipelto，Tolkki，贝斯手Jari Kainulainen，Johansson和Michael 组成的阵容，现在被视为Stratovarius的“经典阵容”，成为其历史上最长的阵容（1995-2005年）。凭借这一阵容，乐队发行了八张专辑，其中包括他们的大部分热门作品（发行专辑的阵容与之前的专辑首次相同），直到2005年发行了同名专辑，此后Kainulainen离开并由劳里·波拉（Lauri Porra）取代。在2008年，吉他手，唯一的作曲家和主要的作词家蒂莫·托尔基（Timo Tolkki）对他们的上一张专辑高度批评，并对成员之间的紧张关系感到厌倦，决定解散Stratovarius。但是，应乐队其他成员的要求，他同意让他们在离开乐队时继续担任Stratovarius的角色。随后，他为自己的决定感到遗憾，并指出目前的乐队与Stratovarius无关，他认为Stratovarius主要是他自己的作品。
尽管Tolkki的离任引起了争议，但乐队随后的专辑Polaris（2009）和Elysium（2011）受到了积极欢迎，许多评论家和乐迷认为他们是过去十年中最好的专辑。这些是Porra和新吉他手Matias Kupiainen的第一张专辑，除Michael之外的所有成员都是词曲创作过程的一部分。在芬兰进行了一次“告别约格（FarewellJörg）”巡回演出后，约因·迈克尔（JörgMichael）出于个人原因于2012年离开。随着新鼓手Rolf Pilve的加入，乐队于2013年发行了Nemesis，并于2015年发行了Eternal。
Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released fifteen studio albums, four DVDs and five live albums. In its history, the band has gone through many chaotic lineup changes and since 1995 there are no founding members of the band that remain. Currently, the longest standing member is singer Timo Kotipelto, who joined in 1994.
Stratovarius was founded under the name Black Water in August 1984 by singer and drummer Tuomo Lassila, guitarist Staffan Stråhlman, and bassist John Vihervä. Line-up changes soon started to occur, including Timo Tolkki replacing Stråhlman two months later and taking over singing duties as well, and the band expanding to a quartet with the arrival of keyboardist Antti Ikonen the following year. Under this line-up, the band released its first album Fright Night in 1989, with Tolkki as the only songwriter. While the band went through many bassists, the band released the albums Twilight Time in 1992 and Dreamspace in 1994. In 1994, Tolkki decided to stop acting as lead vocalist, with Kotipelto joining the band. After the release of Fourth Dimension in 1995, Ikonen and the last founding member, Lassila, left the band and were replaced by Jens Johansson and Jörg Michael respectively.
This line-up consisting of Kotipelto, Tolkki, bassist Jari Kainulainen, Johansson and Michael, now recognized as the “classic line-up” of Stratovarius, became the longest line-up in its history (1995-2005). With this line-up, the band released eight albums including most of their popular works (releasing an album with the same line-up than its predecessor for the first time) until the release of a self-titled album in 2005, after which Kainulainen departed and was replaced by Lauri Porra. In 2008 guitarist, sole composer and main lyricist Timo Tolkki, being highly critical of their last album and tired of the tensions between the members, decided to disband Stratovarius. However, at the demand of the rest of the band, he agreed to let them continue as Stratovarius while leaving the band. He subsequently regretted his decision, stating that the current band had nothing to do with Stratovarius which he considered as mainly his own work.
Despite the controversy of Tolkki’s departure, the band’s following albums Polaris (2009) and Elysium (2011) received positive reception, with various critics and fans considering them their best albums in the last decade. These were the first albums with Porra and new guitarist Matias Kupiainen, and all members except Michael were part of the songwriting process. After a small “Farewell Jörg” tour in Finland, Jörg Michael departed for personal reasons in 2012. With new drummer Rolf Pilve, the band released Nemesis in 2013 and Eternal in 2015.
Stratovarius is described as primarily a power metal band and one of the most influential groups of the genre, and also encompassed other genres, such as neoclassical metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal and hard rock.
1989 – Fright Night (1994, Japan)
1992 – Twilight Time (1999, USA)
1994 – Dreamspace (2006, Mexico)
1995 – Fourth Dimension (Japan)
1996 – Episode (2002, Japan)
1997 – Visions (Japan)
1998 – Destiny (Japan)
2000 – Infinite (2010, 2CD, Germany)
2003 – Elements Pt.1 (Japan)
2003 – Elements Pt.2 (Japan)
2005 – Stratovarius (Japan)
2009 – Polaris (2010, 2CD, USA)
2011 – Elysium (2CD, Germany)
2013 – Nemesis (Japan)
2015 – Eternal (Japan)