Elysium (Stratovarius album)

Elysium is the thirteenth studio album by power metal band Stratovarius, released on 12 January 2011 through Victor Entertainment (Japan) and on 14 January through Edel AG (worldwide).[1] It is the last Stratovarius album to feature longtime drummer Jörg Michael, who left the band in 2012. Elysium reached No. 1 on the Finnish albums chart, as well as reaching the top 80 in five other countries.[7][8] "Darkest Hours" was released as a single, reaching No. 4 on the Finnish singles chart.[3]

Stratovarius - 2011 - Elysium.jpg
Studio album by
Released12 January 2011 (2011-01-12)[1]
Recorded2010 at 5 by 5 Audio in Pitäjänmäki
ProducerMatias Kupiainen
Stratovarius chronology
Alternative cover
Collector's edition
Singles from Elysium
  1. "Darkest Hours" / "Infernal Maze"
    Released: 26 November 2010[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Metal Storm8/10[6]


The official track listing for Elysium was first announced by keyboardist Jens Johansson on the forum of the band's website on 8 November 2010.[9] The album was released on four different formats: a regular CD; a deluxe Digipak edition CD with a bonus disc containing demos of the entire album; a double-disc collector's edition CD with two bonus tracks on a 7" single; and on vinyl.[1] At a length of 18:07, Elysium's title track is by far the longest Stratovarius song to date. The album cover art was created by Gyula Havancsák and features the same star-shaped spacecraft from Polaris (2009).

Track listingEdit

1."Darkest Hours"Timo Kotipelto, Matias KupiainenKupiainen4:11
2."Under Flaming Skies"KotipeltoKotipelto, Kupiainen3:51
3."Infernal Maze"KotipeltoKupiainen5:33
4."Fairness Justified"KotipeltoKupiainen4:20
5."The Game Never Ends"Jens JohanssonJohansson3:53
6."Lifetime in a Moment"Lauri PorraPorra6:38
7."Move the Mountain"JohanssonJohansson5:33
8."Event Horizon"KotipeltoKupiainen4:23
  • "Part I"
  • "Part II"
  • "Part III"
Kupiainen, KotipeltoKupiainen18:07
Total length:56:29
Japanese edition bonus tracks
11."Darkest Hours" (demo)Kotipelto, KupiainenKupiainen4:32
12."Against the Wind" (live)Kotipelto, Timo TolkkiTolkki4:02
13."Black Diamond" (live)KotipeltoTolkki7:30
Collector's edition bonus tracks
11."Last Shore"PorraPorra5:51



Additional creditsEdit

  • Risto Kupiainen – keyboard programming, orchestral arrangement (track 3, 10), orchestral programming (tracks 1, 3, 10), choir programming (tracks 4, 9)
  • Perttu Vänskä – orchestral arrangement (tracks 1, 2, 4, 9), orchestral programming (tracks 2, 4, 9), engineering, editing
  • Arzka Sievälä – choir
  • Jani Liimatainen – choir
  • Aleksi Parviainen – choir
  • Tipe Johnson – choir
  • Anssi Stenberg – choir
  • Marko "Hepa" Waara – choir
  • Kalle Keski-Orvola – engineering, editing
  • Santtu Lehtiniemi – engineering (guitar)
  • Mikko Karmila – mixing (tracks 1, 2, 5–7)
  • Svante Försback – mastering

Chart performanceEdit


Year Chart Position
2011 Finnish albums chart 1[7]
German albums chart 38[7]
Swiss albums chart 45[7]
Billboard Heatseekers 47[8]
French albums chart 70[7]
Belgian albums chart 80[7]


Year Title Chart Position
2011 "Darkest Hours" Finnish singles chart 4[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Stratovarius: 'Elysium' Collector's Edition Detailed". Blabbermouth. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  2. ^ Elysium (CD release "Icarus 692").
  3. ^ a b c "Stratovarius - Darkest Hours (song)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Elysium - Stratovarius". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  5. ^ Stagno, Mike (2011-01-10). "Stratovarius - Elysium (album review 3)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  6. ^ Doc Godin (2011-01-12). "Stratovarius - Elysium review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Stratovarius - Elysium (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  8. ^ a b "Elysium". Billboard charts. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  9. ^ Johansson, Jens (2010-11-08). ""Darkest Hours" single teaser!". Stratovarius Community Forum. Retrieved 2014-01-10.

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