June 2 — Stratovarius is scheduled to release its latest album this summer.
The band is scheduled to release its new album, Survive Sept. 23 through earMusic. In anticipation of the record’s release, the band debuted the album’s lead single Thursday in the form of the record’s title track. It followed up the single’s release Friday by debuting the single’s video.
The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy ,driving composition whose guitars form its foundation. The guitars, alongside the keyboards and the rest of the instrumentation makes the song an engaging power metal piece that is easily comparable to works from the likes of the band’s fellow power metal acts, Symphony X and Blind Guardian.
The song’s lyrical theme is meant to be a social commentary on the state of the world according to comments made by front man Jen Johansson.
“We spent five or six days solid, trying to come up with the lyrics for that song,” Johansson said. “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 lineup 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 was 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!”
The video for ‘Survive’ couples the song’s lyrics with footage of events that have happened around the world in recent years. The visualization, complete with the lyrics, drives home the message which Johansson addressed in his comments.
The track listing for Survive is noted below.
SURVIVE TRACK LISTING:
“We Are Not Alone”
“Frozen in Time”
“World on Fire”
“Before the Fall”
“Voice of Thunder”
More information on Stratovarius’ new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at: