A little past 7pm, the musicians, publicists and label folks walked through the door, Timo greeting me with a laugh, saying "I brought my own sofa," an inside joke from ProgPower USA 2004, when we "borrowed" the pull-out sofa from his suite. Ever since whenever we meet, we teased each other about being the "Sofa King." Between all the glad-handing, photos and bar orders, the Eagle Rock label rep made a short announcement and Nemesis started pumping through the speakers. 'Abandon', which kicks things off, is easily their best opening track in more than a decade. Despite Kotipelto's assertion that this is a darker, more modern sound, it's still readily identifiable as STRATOVARIUS. When the two musicos didn't have a Sharpie in-hand, signing posters of the Nemesis artwork, they willing posed for pictures, downed a couple of beers and enjoyed meeting some American fans, up close. As an added bonus, there were free copies of the Unbreakable EP, four days before its street date!
BraveWords exclusively premiered a new track from Nemesis last week. Check out 'Halcyon Days' on the player below:
Eagle Rock's Armoury Records will release Nemesis as standard 11-track edition as well as 13-track special edition (digital only) on February 26th in North America.
Check out complete details here.