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).
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.
The project’s name comes 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 it is divided by mist. It is one of Tolkki‘s favorite films.
“Return To Eden” track listing:
02. Promises (feat. Todd Michael Hall)
03. Return To Eden (feat. Mariangela Demurtas, Zachary Stevens, & Todd Michael Hall)
04. Hear My Call (feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen)
05. Now and Forever (feat. Todd Michael Hall)
06. Miles Away (feat. Zachary Stevens)
07. Limits (feat. Eduard Hovinga)
08. We Are The Ones (feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen)
09. Godsend (feat. Mariangela Demurtas)
10. Give Me Hope (feat. Eduard Hovinga)
11. Wasted Dreams (feat. Zachary Stevens)
12. Guiding Star (feat. Mariangela Demurtas)
Video for “Return To Eden” (trailer)