Avalon - The Land of New Hope on May 17th
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON stunning new Metal Opera entitled “The Land of New Hope” on May 17th in Europe and May 21st in North America.
Hailed by fans and press as one of the forefathers of the Power Metal genre with his songwriting for the band STRATOVARIUS in the late 90’s and early 00’s, Timo Tolkki has been silently preparing his musical revenge. Following a call in August 2012 from Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, Tolkki quickly cancelled all plans and started writing new music following an original concept discussed years ago between the artist and Perugino. The idea was to have a magniloquent metal/rock opera with some cinematic orchestrations to bring back the STRATOVARIUS original sound in a more symphonic and grandiose fashion. “I sort of rediscovered myself musically in the process of making this album”, explains Tolkki. “I wrote the story first and started composing the music after that. My aim was to write memorable songs with good melodies that would support the story. In STRATOVARIUS back in early 90’s, I was one of those who were there in creating the whole Power Metal genre, so it is natural that people may associate this music style to me. But on this album you will find a lot of different dynamics as well with some songs that are fully orchestrated and sound very very big”.
For this unique album, Tolkki managed to gather some of the most renowned singers around including: Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN, PLACE VENDOME), Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), Rob Rock (IMPELLITTERI), Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION) and Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA).
Rounding up the stunning line-up of this album are: Alex Holzwarth (RHAPSODY of FIRE) on drums and Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Derek Sherinian (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), Mikko Härkin (SONATA ARCTICA) on keyboards, with Tolkki taking care of all guitars and bass recordings and of course production duties.
Anticipated by a sequence of Youtube trailers which have already ignited the interest among the fans, “The Land of New Hope” opens a new chapter in Tolkki’s career and perspectives, with the Finnish artist regaining full artistic credibility with his own music and performances. Tolkki says: “The Land of New Hope album is one part of the story, the end of it actually. The story is longer and goes back to the time before this album’s story, so 2 more Metal Operas are likely to follow to complete a trilogy. In generally, I find the Metal Opera concept fascinating and logical to me at this point of my career. I love classical music and just like in Classical Opera, in the Metal Opera you can also create stories and have almost limitless possibilities musically. It is not so easy to stay fresh after 25 years career, but this album is truly something special”.
A stunning artwork was specially created for this project by Stanis W. Decker which will be released in two versions – regular CD and deluxe edition with a bonus DVD include a 30 minutes documentary “making of the album” and two promotional videoclips.
01. Avalanche Anthem
02. A World Without Us
03. Enshrined in My Memory
04. In the Name of the Rose
05. We Will Find a Way
07. The Magic of the Night
08. To the Edge of the Earth
09. I’ll Sing You Home
10. The Land of New Hope
The first single “Enshrined in My Memory” (sung by AMARANTHE’s Elize Ryd) will be released digitally worldwide on March 25th. You can enjoy a full EPK presentation of the album below.