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Timo Tolkki's Avalon

Formed: 2012
From: Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Timo Tolkki's Avalon News

Below is our complete Timo Tolkki's Avalon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Timo Tolkki's Avalon Releases New Music Video

Timo Tolkki's Avalon released a music video for the new track "Design the Century." The song features Nightwish/ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen and appears on the upcoming sophomore release "Angels of the Apocalypse." The album is set to drop via Frontiers Records on May 16th.

For this album, guitarist/composer Timo Tolkki has assembled much of the classic Stratovarius "Dreamspace" lineup, including founder Tuomo Lassila on drums and keyboardist Antti Ikonen. In addition to Jansen, guest vocalists also to appear on the album include: Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Caterina Nix.

The track list for "Angels of the Apocalypse" is:

1. Song for Eden
2. Jerusalem Is Falling
3. Design the Century
4. Rise of the 4th Reich
5. Stargate Atlantis
6. You'll Bleed Forever
7. The Paradise Lost
8. Neons Sirens
9. High Above of Me
10. Angels of the Apocalypse
11. Garden of Eden

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Posts EPK For New Album

Timo Tolkki's Avalon released an EPK for the upcoming new album "Angels of the Apocalypse," which is due for release on May 16th via Frontiers Records. For the album, Tolkki has assembled 3/4ths of the classic Stratovarius "Dreamspace" lineup, with multiple guest vocalists including: Floor Jansen (Nightwish/ReVamp), Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Caterina Nix. Joining Tolkki is ex-Stratovarius founder Tuomo Lassila on drums and ex-Stratovarius keyboardist Antti Ikonen.

The album continues the concept story of "The Land of New Hope": "It is 2020 A.D - The Elements send 4 Angels to observe mankind and its actions in the last century. There are 4 Angels, but still they are One. Fire, Wind, Earth and Water are their names. With the Elements they observe in unimaginable sadness and anger the primitive events that take place in the last 150 years as they have the ability to go back and forth in time. As they give their final warning, Mankind sees unimaginable destruction that shakes its core foundations. Pandora`s Box is opened and the forces of Nature are unleashed. Is this the prelude for Judgement Day..."

The track list for "Angels of the Apocalypse" is: More...

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Posts Teaser Clip Of New LP

Timo Tolkki's Avalon, the project featuring the ex-Stratovarius guitarist, posted a teaser clip of the upcoming sophomore LP "Angels of the Apocalypse." The album is expected this May via Frontiers Records.

Guests vocalists on the album include: Floor Jansen (Nightwish/ReVamp), Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Caterina Nix. The band will feature drummer and ex-Stratovarius founder Tuomo Lassila.

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Posts In Studio Video

Timo Tolkki's Avalon posted additional in studio footage, which features the drum recordings (with ex-Stratovarius founder Tuomo Lassila) and guitar recordings (with Tolkki himself) for the upcoming sophomore LP "Angels of the Apocalypse." The album is slated for a May release through Frontiers Records.

The album will feature guest vocalists: Floor Jansen (Nightwish/ReVamp), Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Caterina Nix. Other musicians to appear are the aforementioned Lassila and original Stratovarius keyboardist Antti Ikonen.

Timo Tolkki is also holding a contest for guitar and keyboard players to play a solo with Timo Tolkki on one song of the album. Submissions of one MP3 containing your solo can be sent to this email address: solos@tolkki.org.

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Recruits Floor Jansen

Timo Tolkki reported that the upcoming Timo Tolkki's Avalon sophomore LP (working titled Avalon II) will feature Nightwish/ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen as the main singer. In addition, Tolkki will bring Avalon out on the road for a European Tour in May 2014.

Jansen provides lead vocals on the upcoming first single and promotional video. The release date for both single and the video is planned for March 2014. The recordings are currently taking place in East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Jansen joins the cast that already includes Epica singer Simone Simons and the reunion of the early Stratovarius. Lineup: Tuomo Lassila on drums (the founder of Stratovarius) and Antti Ikonen on keyboards (the original keyboard player of Stratovarius).

The European Tour will coincide with the release of the album. More details on the album release date, live lineup and dates will be revealed later.

Timo Tolkki commented: “I am right now recording probably the best vocalist I have worked with in my whole career. This has been a jaw dropping experience and I thought I have already seen it all. Floor has proven me wrong. For example in the 10 minute title track of the album, she delivers in my opinion the best vocals of her career so far. This song is probably the biggest sounding of my whole career and Floor simply makes it an astonishing, almost breathtaking experience! We are both surprised of how amazing this has turned out to be and both very happy to hear how amazing it sounds.” More...

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Posts First In Studio Videos

Timo Tolkki's Avalon entered East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland to begin the recordings for the sophomore album and follow up to "Land of New Hope." For the new album, Tokki is reunited with former Stratovarius bandmates Tuomo Lassila on drums and Antti Ikonen on keyboards, who played on the first three Stratovarius albums ("Fright Night", "Twilight Time" and "Dreamspace").

The new album will feature 11 tracks with a release slated during 2014 via Frontiers Records. Timo Tolkki states: "It is incredibly refreshing to create and play new music with his old friends and that the spirit and the atmosphere has been absolutely great and positive!”

Check out Lassila's set up, sound check and first drum tracks here: More...

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Taps Stratovarius Founder

Tuomo Lassila, the founder of the legendary Finnish Power Metal band Stratovarius, will join his old bandmate Timo Tolkki for the recording of the drums and percussion parts on the second album of Tolkki's Avalon Metal Opera, due for release on Frontiers Records in 2014.

Lassila founded Stratovarius and came up with the name of the band in 1984, so next year marks the band's 30th Anniversary. Tuomo Lassila's drumming style is world famous from the first Stratovarius albums like "Dreamspace" and "Fourth Dimension" and his versatility as a drummer will bring to the record a great flavor of world class drumming. Lassila currently plays percussion in the Symphony Orchestra of the city of Lohja in Finland.

Timo Tolkki said: "I am extremely happy to have Tuomo on board for this album and look forward to the contributions he will give to the music".

Lassila joins Simone Simons (Epica), who was previously announced as the first guest vocalist for the untitled album. More...

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Begins Work On Sequel LP

After the success of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon debut album "The Land of New Hope," which entered the top 100 album charts in 7 European countries (including a glowing Top 10 entry in Tolkki’s home country Finland), Timo Tolkki has started working on a sequel to his first Metal Opera, slated for a 2014 release on Frontiers Records.

Fans can follow the progress of the making of the new album, including writing and recording sessions and special cameos from the musicians and singers involved, from the new website www.avalonopera.com.

The entire cast of musicians will be revealed one by one in separate video blogs. Fans will be able to interact and take part to different phases of the production through the website and in the social media pages.

The confirmed cast of musicians/singers is once again full of internationally acclaimed artists, with some interesting twists and surprises. It will surely guarantee another masterpiece from one of the forefathers of Symphonic Melodic Power Metal.

The first singer from the cast is Simone Simons of Epica. She is not singing the main role on AVALON II - working title for the album - but will contribute greatly to the release.

Check out prologue video with Tolkki here: More...

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Posts "Studio Sessions Video"

Avalon, the new metal opera project by former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolklki, posted a new studio sessions video featuring the opening track "A World Without Us" off the debut "Land of New Hope." The album drops via Frontiers Records on May 17th (EU) and May 21st (North America) (check out our interview with Tolkki at this location). The single itself is available now as a digital download.

The video shows the studio sessions for the song, which features drummer Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire), vocalist Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Tolkki. Vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X) is heard on the track, but does not appear in the video itself.

The track listing for "The Land Of New Hope" is:

1. Avalanche Anthem
2. A World Without Us
3. Enshrined In My Memory
4. In The Name Of The Rose
5. We Will Find A Way
6. Shine
7. The Magic Of The Night
8. To The Edge Of The Earth
9. I'll Sing You Home
10. The Land Of New Hope

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Posts New Music Video

Timo Tolkki's Avalon, the new project of the Ex-Stratovarius guitarist/comper, has posted a new music video for the track "Enshrined In My Memory." The song and video features Amaranthe vocalist Elize Ryd and will appear on the upcoming release "Land of New Hope." The concept release set forty plus years in the future is due out May 17, 2013 (EU) and May 21, 2013 (North America) via Frontiers Records.

The track listing for "The Land Of New Hope" is:

1. Avalanche Anthem
2. A World Without Us
3. Enshrined In My Memory
4. In The Name Of The Rose
5. We Will Find A Way
6. Shine
7. The Magic Of The Night
8. To The Edge Of The Earth
9. I'll Sing You Home
10. The Land Of New Hope

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Reveals Cover & Track Listing

The new metal opera project from Ex-Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki, Avalon, revealed the track listing for the upcoming release "Land of New Hope." The concept release is due out May 17, 2013 (EU and May 21, 2013 (North America) via Frontiers Records.

The story surrounding the concept takes place more than 40 years in the future when most of the planet has been destroyed by natural disasters. The title of the opera refers to the safe haven that a small group of survivors seek. The album will be available in two formats: a standard CD and a deluxe edition featuring a 30-minute documentary on the making-of the album and two videos.

For this unique concept album, Timo Tolkki was able to gather some of most accomplished international singers: Michael Kiske (Unisonic), 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 world-renowned musicians Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire) on drums, Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) and Mikko Härkin (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards, and Tolkki himself taking care of all guitars, bass and production duties. More...

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New Metal Opera Revealed As Timo Tolkki's Avalon

The series of teaser trailers on a "new metal opera" album called "Land of New Hope," which began early this month from Frontiers Records has been revealed to be Timo Tolkki's Avalon in a new trailer (shown 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), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe/Kamelot), Rob Rock (Rob Rock/Impellitteri), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Shrenian (Dream Theater) and Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire).

The release date for the album: May 17, 2013 (EU), May 21, 2013 (North America).

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