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(New York, NY) – Timo Tolkki’s Avalon new metal opera, THE LAND OF NEW HOPE (Frontiers Records), has made impressive album chart debuts in Europe, with several Top 100 album chart bows, including a Top 10 album chart debut in composer Timo Tolkki‘s native Finland.  The exciting concept album debut #s are as follows: Finland – #7, Sweden – #42, Switzerland – #59, Norway – #80 and Germany – #90.  The album is available digitallyand in regular and deluxe physical versions.

THE LAND OF NEW HOPE 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 LAND OF NEW HOPE is composed by one of the forefathers of the power metal genre, former Stratovarius main songwriter and guitarist, Timo Tolkki.  Click here to check out the sultry video for first single “Enshrined In My Memory,” featuring the beautiful Elize Ryd (Amaranthe).  Click here to check out the official EPK and click here to access cover art.  The album is 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, Helloween), 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.

THE LAND OF NEW HOPE came about as the result of a discussion that began years ago between Timo Tolkki and Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino.  Perugino, a longtime Stratovarius fan, suggested Tolkki return to the original Stratovarius sound in a more symphonic fashion.  In August, 2012 Tolkki began work on what would become THE LAND OF NEW HOPE.  With the full support of Frontiers Records and Serafino Perugino’s executive production, THE LAND OF NEW HOPE opens a new chapter in Tolkki‘s career.

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