Stratovarius (Finnish power metal band)
Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation (originally as Black Water), they have released 15 studio albums, two DVD and three live album. Along with Helloween, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Angra, Rhapsody of Fire, Pathfinder and fellow Finnish power metal bands Nightwish and Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius is considered one of the leading groups of the power metal and symphonic metal genre.
In its history, Stratovarius has known many chaotic lineup changes: there are no founding members in the band since Tuomo Lassila's departure in 1995, the band never released an album with the same line-up than its predecessor before 1997, and currently, the longest standing member is Timo Kotipelto, who joined in 1994.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license