Aug 032014
 

TT Avalon II Angels Following Timo Tolkki’s exit from Stratovarius, he got a call from Frontiers Records President, Serafino Perugino. Following that, he started his new project from an original concept discussed years ago between him and Perugino. This was to be a symphonic metal and rock opera with a variety of guest vocalists. More importantly to Timo, he was to regain full control of his own music and performances.

The band name was taken from the film “The Mists of Avalon”, which tells the story of King Arthur. The film describes Avalon as a place likened to heaven that normal mortals cannot see and is divided by mist. The first album in the power metal concept album trilogy was ‘The Land Of New Hope’ (2013).

The second release is ‘Angels Of The Apocalypse’ and features Elize Ryd and a superb range of guest vocalists. It also reunites the legendary Stratovarius “Dreamspace” line-up of Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila. The amazing vocal cast includes Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Zachary Stevens (Savatage, Circle II Circle), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and the new Chilean singer Caterina Nix (her debut album is also produced by Tolkki).

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Apr 132014
 

timo-tolkkis-avalon-land-of-new-hope There has been much written about Timo Tolkki and Stratovarius, not all of it constructive. After finally walking away, he got a call from Frontiers Records President, Serafino Perugino. Following that, he started his new project from an original concept discussed years ago between him and Perugino. This was to be a symphonic metal and rock opera with a variety of guest vocalists. More importantly to Timo, he was to regain full control of his own music and performances.

Timo Tolkki not only wrote the songs, but also plays guitars and bass. The drummer was Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire), with keyboards by Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), Jens Johansson (Stratovarius) and Mikko Harkin (Sonata Arctica). The main guest vocalists are Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Rob Rock (Impellitteri) and Russell Allen (Symphony X). Further guest spots are provided by Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) and Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic).

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Mar 012013
 

timoavalonThe series of teaser trailers on a “new metal opera” album called Land of New Hope, which began early last month from Frontiers Records has been revealed to be Timo Tolkki’s Avalon in a new trailer. Check the trailer below.

Tolkki was most prominently known for his work in Stratovarius as well as founding both Symfonia and Revolution Rennaissance.

The album Land of New Hope features guest appearances from Russell Allen [Symphony X], Michael Kiske [Unisonic/Ex-Helloween], Sharon Den Adel [Within Temptation], Continue reading »