Melodic metal legends Stratovarius have unleashed their Halcyon Days video from the band’s latest full-length, Nemesis. Hailed by the media as, “the best Stratovarius album for many, many years,” by Metal Hammer Germany, “a collection of the band’s greatest hits that you never heard until now,” by Metal Underground (US) and, “the strongest Stratovarius album since the beginning of the century,” by Kaaos Zine in Finland; Nemesis lives up to the band’s reputation, once again exceeding fans’ and critics’ expectations and charting in ten countries thus far: Finland: # 3, Czech Republic # 12, Switzerland # 30, Spain # 32, Germany # 41, France: # 56, Sweden # 56, Austria: # 62, Belgium # 103 and Canada: # 126.
Coinciding with the band’s European tour, set to commence in Helsinki, Finland [see itinerary here], the band have released the video for their second single. The footage for Halcyon Days was shot in Lithuania by Pekka Hara, and perfectly captures the song’s theme of finding one’s peace of mind.
The band further notes: “It was a really nice experience working with Pekka and his team, and Lithuania was a pleasant surprise, very friendly people there and everything worked out great. This video sets the mood of the song perfectly. And the fact is: A band is nothing without the fans."
Prior to the video shoot, the band had launched a fan competition asking their supporters to send a picture of their most prized Stratovarius item. Over 100 items were sent, of which the band handpicked the 10 most original objects, which are now featured in the video. Over the course of the next weeks, Stratovarius will also launch a special fan item version of the video on their official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius.