Stratovarius are Finnish and have been a going concern since 1984 (or 1982, if you include their previous incarnation, Black Water). They’ve released 14 studio albums and a live record. And they’re quite fond of the Avian community.
This is fantasy artwork of a type that I can really get behind – the signature Stratovarius spaceship rendered delightfully by artist Gyula Havancsak amidst an idyllic lagoon, as a cyber-gull type-dude gives it some ‘once I caught a fish THIS big’ in the foreground.
At least, that’s how I read it, anyway – I never was top of my class in ‘Album Art Appreciation’ at Pseud’s College.
As an image, it’s a nice departure from the stuff of many Metal records – perhaps owing to the band’s slightly more progressive influences? You can easily see this kind of art subbing in for the Roger Dean designed Yes album covers without it being too jarring a transition.
- Mind-Boggling, Taste-Challenging Power Metal Album Artwork of the Day (fluffrick.wordpress.com)
- Today, in amazing album covers… (fluffrick.wordpress.com)
- New STRATOVARIUS Drummer’s Video Introduction (blabbermouth.net)