Finnish composer/producer and guitar player Timo Tolkki has set "Angels Of The Apocalypse" as the title of the follow-up to TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON's debut album, "The Land Of New Hope". Due in May via Frontiers Records, the CD will feature guest appearances by the following singers:
* Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP, AFTER FOREVER)
* Simone Simons (EPICA)
* Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ANGRA)
* David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE)
* Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE)
* Caterina Nix
Other musicians which will appear on the album include two other former members of STRATOVARIUS: Tuomo Lassila (STRATOVARIUS' founder) on drums and Antti Ikonen, the original keyboard player of STRATOVARIUS.
Timo Tolkki has also announced a contest for guitar and keyboard players. Now you have the chance to play a solo with Timo Tolkki in one song of the album. Please send one MP3 that contains your solo playing to this email address: [email protected] The winner will receive a backing track and will play his/her solos to this. The MP3s for the contest have to be received no later than February 16 to be considered.
Jansen sings lead vocals on the first single and promotional video from "Angels Of The Apocalypse". The single and the video will be made available in March.
The recordings for the new TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON CD are taking place at East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland.
Tolkki's sequel to his first metal opera will feature 11 tracks.
Fans can follow the progress of the making of the album, including writing and recording sessions and special cameos from the musicians and singers involved, from the new web site at this location.
To date, Timo Tolkki has sold over two million records in his career, has won a Finnish Grammy-equivalent and has been chosen by the readers of the American Guitar World magazine to Top 100 as "the fastest guitar player in the world" and "the most influential metal guitar player in the world." He has released 20 albums in his career and toured the world for over 3000 shows in 52 countries.