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The Land Of New Hope (Cd+dvd) [CD+DVD]

Timo Tolkki's Avalon Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Frontiers
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
Disc: 2
1. 30 Minuten Dokumentation "making of the album" sowie 2 Videoclips.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By John
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Timo Tolkki returns with a new metal opera project. The Land Of New Hope is an interesting album with some excellent performances, but the overall result falls a little short.

The ex-Stratovarius mastermind handles the songwriting and plays both the guitars as well as the bass on his latest undertaking. The drumming is handled by the talented Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire), while the keyboards are performed by the virtuosos Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), Jens Johansson (Stratovarius) and Mikko Harkin (Sonata Arctica). The majority of the vocal duties are assigned to Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Rob Rock (Impellitteri). Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic) sings the epic title track and Russell Allen (Symphony X), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica) share vocals on some songs.

The music on offer ranges from double bass driven power metal to melodic hard rock and softer ballads. Some of the songs contain orchestrations and choirs which enable them to sound very big and bombastic. The album sounds homogenous and contains plenty of variety, but only a handful of individual songs manage to shine.

The opener "Avalanche Anthem" starts the album in a very successful manner and is a definite highlight. The intro is fully orchestrated and captivates the listener before exploding into fast and bombastic power metal delight. The rest of the song continues in a mid-tempo melodic metal manner with captivating vocal transitions between Elize Ryd, Russell Allen and Rob Rock. Tolkki provides an impressive guitar solo, while the chorus contains big choirs and is very memorable.

"In the Name of the Rose" is another stand out song with a captivating chorus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance 2 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I like this album because it is very diverse musically and vocally. I've heard of two of the male valists before but was very pleasantly surprised by the females I shall be looking out for them. Timo plays some good guitar and the whole album for me is very accomplished. As one reviewer points out, there are a couple of standout tracks but I also think that the rest will grow on the listener. This is timo's best so far and I wish him all the best for future releases.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Avantasia-lite 28 May 2013
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So is it going to be third time lucky for ex-Stratovarius mainman Timo Tolkki. When he packed it in back in 2008, who would have placed a bet on Stratovarius going on from strength to strenght while Tolkki struck out twice with Revolution Renaissance and Symfonia. Well, he's back for another go, and this time he's aiming for Avantasia territory with a guest strewn metal opera. The story goes thus; It's A.D. 2055 and most big cities of planet earth are either flooded with tsunamis or destroyed by earthquakes and fire. The whole infrastructure and communication system has broken down. The destruction is total. A small group of survivors leaves for a quest to find a sacred place known as "The Land Of New Hope". It is an old fairytale that has been told since decades but very few has actually ever believed of its existence. They travel far on a journey that is full of dangers and come across a seer who guides them further. She explains to them that "The Land Of New Hope" does exist but it is guarded by a Keeper and only those who are pure in heart can pass him. They wander further towards their ultimate destiny....

It's a consciously commercial decision, and one that they're perfectly upfront about with Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino asking Tolkki to write a new album from scratch following an original concept discussed years ago between the artist and Perugino, and one which was to be a magniloquent metal / rock opera with some cinematic orchestrations to bring back the Stratovarius original sound in a more symphonic and grandiose fashion. And it's certainly come close to achieving its aim.
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