Jul 062019
 

Guitarist extraordinaire Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius) returns with the final installment of his symphonic metal trilogy Avalon project in the album Return to Eden.

Before getting into this album, I had no idea it was the third part of a trilogy, whose first two albums have not been exactly enthusiastically received, and after learning that I can see many of the same flaws in Return to Eden as others have made against the first two albums, “The Land of New Hope” and “Angels of the Apocalypse”.  Those first two albums featured well known vocalists for guest spots including the likes of Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), and Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and some of the legendary guitar work expected from Timo but many thought the music in general seemed forced and seemed to lack that certain spark.  After listening to Return to Eden, I was struck by some amazing guitar work as one might expect from a guitarist who once made a “50 fastest guitarists” list, but in general there seemed to be a lack of passion and intensity.  Every part of the songs seemed to be scripted with the band just reading along and following the script…albeit to near perfection. Continue reading »

Jun 142019
 

Frontiers Music recently announced the return of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon with the release of the long-awaited third chapter in his metal opera, “Return To Eden”, on June 14. Today, the official music video for the third single, ‘Godsend’, featuring Mariangela Demurtas (Ardours, Tristania) on lead vocals, has been made available. Check it out below.

Five years in the making, “Return To Eden” marks a new return for the legendary ex-Stratovarius guitarist and composer Timo Tolkki. Following a few personal issues which forced him to take a step back from the spotlight, Timo started the writing process for the new album and with the help of the Italian producer Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere), completed this outstanding comeback album. A convincing and inspired release, Timo‘s hunger to create is stronger than ever. As with previous releases, a slew of heavyweight guest vocalists were brought in to handle lead vocal duties. “Return To Eden” features appearances by renowned Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering), Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania, Ardours), and Eduard Hovinga(ex-Elegy). Continue reading »

May 212019
 

Frontiers Music Srl recently announced the return of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon with the release of the long-awaited third chapter in his metal opera, “Return To Eden”, on June 14. Today, the lyric video for the second single, ‘Hear My Call’, featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen (Vuur, ex The Gathering) on lead vocals, has been made available. The video can be watched below.

Five years in the making, “Return To Eden” marks a new return for the legendary ex-Stratovarius guitarist and composer Timo Tolkki. Following a few personal issues which forced him to take a step back from the spotlight, Timo started the writing process for the new album and with the help of the Italian producer Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere), completed this outstanding comeback album. A convincing and inspired release, Timo‘s hunger to create is stronger than ever. As with previous releases, a slew of heavyweight guest vocalists were brought in to handle lead vocal duties. “Return To Eden” features appearances by renowned Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering), Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania, Ardours), and Eduard Hovinga(ex-Elegy). Continue reading »

Apr 242019
 

Frontiers Music recently announced the return of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon with the release of the third chapter in his metal opera, “Return To Eden,” on June 14. The first single and video, ‘Promises’ featuring Todd Michael Hall (Riot V) on lead vocals, has been released. The video can be seen below.

Five years in the making, “Return To Eden” marks a new return for the legendary ex-Stratovarius guitarist and composer Timo Tolkki. Following a few personal issues which forced him to take a step back from the spotlight, Timo started the writing process for the new album and with the help of the Italian producer Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere), completed this outstanding comeback album.

A convincing and inspired release, Timo‘s hunger to create is stronger than ever. As with previous releases, a slew of heavyweight guest vocalists were brought in to handle lead vocal duties. “Return To Eden” features appearances by renowned Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering), Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania, Ardours), and Eduard Hovinga (ex-Elegy). Continue reading »

Apr 182019
 

Timo Tolkki’s Avalon will release its new album, “Return To Eden”, on June 14 via Frontiers Music Srl. Guests on the album include Todd Michael Hall (Riot V), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania), Zachary Stevens (Savatage), Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering/Vuur and Eduard Hovinga (Elegy).

Formed in the autumn of 2012, Timo Tolkki’s Avalon released its debut album, “The Land Of New Hope”, in May 2013. A follow-up effort, “Angels Of The Apocalypse”, was issued in May 2014.

Although Avalon has been described by the media as a metal opera, it really is a vehicle for former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki to express his music in various formats using high-quality musicians. It doesn’t have a permanent lineup except for Tolkki. Continue reading »