Stratovarius - Survive album cover
  • 9.2/10
    STRATOVARIUS - Survive - 9.2/10


Label: earMUSIC
Release date: September 23, 2022

User Review
6/10 (3 votes)

Finland’s Finest Fires On All Cylinders

The long wait is over as Finland’s Power Metal legends Stratovarius have released the follow up to 2015’s Eternal, titled Survive out on earMUSIC records. This reviewer is happy to announce that the almost 7 year wait is more than worth it as the new album has everything any Stratovarius fan could ever hope for, and more. The lineup has stayed constant with founder Timo Kotipelto leading the band with his signature vocal melodies, anthemic qualities and beautiful harmonies.

Glory Days Still Ahead

Survive is the Stratovarius spirit in musical form, full of dynamics, drama, and emotion. The album’s core message is one of struggle, defiance, hope and victory. Epitomized by its rousing title track. few bands have the longevity and ability to continually better their output of music, especially when they are known for being one of the founders of their genre, but like Helloween, Stratovarius is one of those bands.

Final Notes

Stratovarius – Survive has the top notch production you’ve come to expect. It has the stunning performances by every band member you’ve come to appreciate, and the anthemic, sing along melodies that you’ve come to know and love. Every track on this record is 100% Stratovarius, and done to perfection. The long wait is over, so show your love and buy this album. A diamond on the crown of a this groups career that defines their genre over and over. Stratovarius – Survive equals Power Metal personified.

Stratovarius band photo


Timo Kotipelto – vocals
Jens Johansson – keyboard
Lauri Porra – bass, backing vocals
Matias Kupiainen – guitars, backing vocals
Rolf Pilve – drums

Survive – Tracklist

01. Survive
02. Demand
03. Broken
04. Firefly
05. We Are Not Alone
06. Frozen in Time
07. World on Fire
08. Glory Days
09. Breakaway
10. Before the Fall
11. Voice of Thunder


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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