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Release date: 23 March 2011
Style: Power metal

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01. Fields Of Avalon
02. Come By The Hills
03. Santiago
04. Alayna
05. Forevermore
06. Pilgrim Road
07. In Paradisum
08. Rhapsody In Black
09. I Walk In Neon
10. Don't Let Me Go

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Lyrics (10)


Additional info
Release dates:
- 2011.03.25: in Japan (Avalon/Marquee)
- 2011.04.01: Europe (Edel)
- 2011.04.19: North America (Armoury)

Japanese bonus track:
11. I'll Find My Way Home (04:43)

Recorded at Jägarestudio, Transformers Studio, Studio Mega in Sweden and Studio Redhouse in Finland.
Drums engineered at Studio Mega, Sweden.
Mixed at Ithil World Studio in Imperia Italy.
Mix and Pro Tools assistance at Ithil World Studios, Imperia Italy.
Mastered at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California, USA.

Staff review by
Doc Godin

Rating:
5.9
Well, it looks like we get two Stratovarius releases this year. There really is no other way to describe this new Timo Tolkki project. Sure, calling it a "ripoff" would be far from the truth, as the main man from this band is the one who pretty much established Stratovarius' sound, so let's just go with "uninspired".

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Guest review by
PhantomLord21

Rating:
6.4
I really hate to tear apart albums which helped shape my musical direction. I really do. This was my first power metal album and, when I was working on my dad's boat, it was one of the few albums I kept constantly replaying, just because of how much I enjoyed listening to it. If it wasn't for this album, my interest in metal would likely have not happened. But I feel I must be honest with myself and say that this album, with the benefit of over a year and a half worth of power metal listening, is really not that great.

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BMR Monkey - 13.12.2010 at 06:13  
Rating: 8 Cant wait what this awesome musicians can offer 3 of them ive been following them since their other bands and together i think that they can do something really really nice

andre matos on vocals its a 100% sure power and angelic thing
timo on guitar and writing 100% masterpieces to come
The Shape 1973 - 13.12.2010 at 11:58  
Rating: 9 More interested to see that Uli Kusch is the drummer, he can write some brilliant stuff.
Stratoman - 13.01.2011 at 01:40  
  I have more hopes on other composer than Matos and Tolkki since they left their former bands they have been writing nothing, it seems like they have lost their inspiration
Sword_Chant - 18.02.2011 at 13:46  
Rating: 7
Written by The Shape 1973 on 13.12.2010 at 11:58

More interested to see that Uli Kusch is the drummer, he can write some brilliant stuff.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjCB6GDeaS4&feature=feedlik

-This is the first song ripped from a radio. From what I hear i'm preying that this is the albums worst song.
Luneth - 18.02.2011 at 21:14  
Rating: 7
Written by Stratoman on 13.01.2011 at 01:40

I have more hopes on other composer than Matos and Tolkki since they left their former bands they have been writing nothing, it seems like they have lost their inspiration


Maybe this bands formation and debut album is a result of them finding inspiration again? I for one can't wait to hear this, no doubt it's going to be brilliant.
Sword_Chant - 08.03.2011 at 16:05  
Rating: 7
Written by Luneth on 18.02.2011 at 21:14

Written by Stratoman on 13.01.2011 at 01:40

I have more hopes on other composer than Matos and Tolkki since they left their former bands they have been writing nothing, it seems like they have lost their inspiration


Maybe this bands formation and debut album is a result of them finding inspiration again? I for one can't wait to hear this, no doubt it's going to be brilliant.


Lets hope so... for many fans this is Tolkki's final chance to release something that sounds decent.
The Shape 1973 - 10.03.2011 at 22:29  
Rating: 9 All of the Strato stuff from Elements onwards has been a bit crap. RR was complete crap. Both bands have been going on about making the next Visions and always come up short.

From the samples I have heard on Youtube, this may be the closest.
RavenKing - 10.03.2011 at 23:32  
 
Written by BMR Monkey on 13.12.2010 at 06:13

timo on guitar and writing 100% masterpieces to come


"Saana" someone?
Tolkki proved many times in the recent years that he can write crappy things. In fact, most people wonder if he can still write something decent.
Sword_Chant - 15.03.2011 at 14:37  
Rating: 7
Written by RavenKing on 10.03.2011 at 23:32

Written by BMR Monkey on 13.12.2010 at 06:13

timo on guitar and writing 100% masterpieces to come


"Saana" someone?
Tolkki proved many times in the recent years that he can write crappy things. In fact, most people wonder if he can still write something decent.


For me it's just that he just doesn't seem 'inspired' and therefore creating a lot of this Power/Symphonic same-ness thats already done to death. If theres one thing he should do, it's have a hiatus, to clear his head and find his feet in a different musical direction. But this is Tolkki were talking about - meaning theres at least 1 album every year..
Yavanna - 15.03.2011 at 15:38  
  I simply cant wait for this
leo85 - 24.03.2011 at 20:39  
Rating: 9 I've just had this album today, and guys it's simply insane it reminded me so much with Stratovarious album Visions
Kallis Helmi - 25.03.2011 at 00:02  
Rating: 9
Written by leo85 on 24.03.2011 at 20:39

I've just had this album today, and guys it's simply insane it reminded me so much with Stratovarious album Visions

Absolutely! Amazing album! Visions Pt.2! \m/
Sword_Chant - 25.03.2011 at 23:46  
Rating: 7
Written by Kallis Helmi on 25.03.2011 at 00:02

Written by leo85 on 24.03.2011 at 20:39

I've just had this album today, and guys it's simply insane it reminded me so much with Stratovarious album Visions

Absolutely! Amazing album! Visions Pt.2! \m/


Visions Pt. 2...exactly, an album we DON'T want. What about originality? It's basically non existent (and i'm a long time Stratovarius fan). It's not an aweful release, but it's not THAT good..it's such a waste of the new line up. The vocals sound aweful and forced, Jari is a wasted musician. Mikko shines the most and even he isn't used that much. I hope their future albums sound better than this, and not exactly the same as every other RR and Stratovarius release. Far too many fillers...this sound has simply been done to death. That said... it has some cool moments. But what I don't understand is WHY Tolkki's making this type of music if he knew he was going to continue rooting his new music in the old trademark of Stratovarius' sound?
leo85 - 26.03.2011 at 07:42  
Rating: 9
Written by Sword_Chant on 25.03.2011 at 23:46

Written by Kallis Helmi on 25.03.2011 at 00:02

Written by leo85 on 24.03.2011 at 20:39

I've just had this album today, and guys it's simply insane it reminded me so much with Stratovarius album Visions

Absolutely! Amazing album! Visions Pt.2! \m/


Visions Pt. 2...exactly, an album we DON'T want. What about originality? It's basically non existent (and i'm a long time Stratovarius fan). It's not an aweful release, but it's not THAT good..it's such a waste of the new line up. The vocals sound aweful and forced, Jari is a wasted musician. Mikko shines the most and even he isn't used that much. I hope their future albums sound better than this, and not exactly the same as every other RR and Stratovarius release. Far too many fillers...this sound has simply been done to death. That said... it has some cool moments. But what I don't understand is WHY Tolkki's making this type of music if he knew he was going to continue rooting his new music in the old trademark of Stratovarius' sound?



I'm a long time Stratovarius fan too, and u r right with ur point especially the vocal one, but about originality man it was Timmo who made Visions not anyone else from the Stratovarius band and this is his type of music, for me I find the Album more than good at least it reminds me with some old stuff we didn't hear for a long time.
Well to be more honest I really really wish that the old Startovarius group back in line again.
Please accept my respect.
Sword_Chant - 26.03.2011 at 21:40  
Rating: 7
Written by leo85 on 26.03.2011 at 07:42

Written by Sword_Chant on 25.03.2011 at 23:46

Written by Kallis Helmi on 25.03.2011 at 00:02

Written by leo85 on 24.03.2011 at 20:39

I've just had this album today, and guys it's simply insane it reminded me so much with Stratovarius album Visions

Absolutely! Amazing album! Visions Pt.2! \m/


Visions Pt. 2...exactly, an album we DON'T want. What about originality? It's basically non existent (and i'm a long time Stratovarius fan). It's not an aweful release, but it's not THAT good..it's such a waste of the new line up. The vocals sound aweful and forced, Jari is a wasted musician. Mikko shines the most and even he isn't used that much. I hope their future albums sound better than this, and not exactly the same as every other RR and Stratovarius release. Far too many fillers...this sound has simply been done to death. That said... it has some cool moments. But what I don't understand is WHY Tolkki's making this type of music if he knew he was going to continue rooting his new music in the old trademark of Stratovarius' sound?



I'm a long time Stratovarius fan too, and u r right with ur point especially the vocal one, but about originality man it was Timmo who made Visions not anyone else from the Stratovarius band and this is his type of music, for me I find the Album more than good at least it reminds me with some old stuff we didn't hear for a long time.
Well to be more honest I really really wish that the old Startovarius group back in line again.
Please accept my respect.


I agree dude.. but about Visions, without the other remaining 4 members of Stratovarius then Tolkki wouldn't have ever released music like Visions. To me this album sounds like he's trying to mimic all these original members. My biggest example is the drummer, how much does he sound like Jorg? Alot!!!!

Sure, this is definately the Tolkki style thats cool. But it's also Stratovarius. I guess what i'm trying to say is that every single song sounds like Timo Kotipelto should be in it.. and it sounds like Tolkki's come back to his old band and tried to turn it around for the better. The trouble is he's too late and this is a different band. One last note for me is that Visions is way better than this anyway. This album has more mid-tempo songs and nothing near as inspiring as 1997. It's just a rehash on what he's already done before about a million times.
wty789 - 27.03.2011 at 12:14  
Rating: 8 Sounds like old stuffs too much.You can find many things similar from them(Or I can say from visions)....I hope next time the other 4 guys will bring something different to us...
rasto - 27.03.2011 at 12:35  
  I have this album. vote 7
leo85 - 28.03.2011 at 14:49  
Rating: 9
Quote:
Quote:


I agree dude.. but about Visions, without the other remaining 4 members of Stratovarius then Tolkki wouldn't have ever released music like Visions. To me this album sounds like he's trying to mimic all these original members. My biggest example is the drummer, how much does he sound like Jorg? Alot!!!!

Sure, this is definately the Tolkki style thats cool. But it's also Stratovarius. I guess what i'm trying to say is that every single song sounds like Timo Kotipelto should be in it.. and it sounds like Tolkki's come back to his old band and tried to turn it around for the better. The trouble is he's too late and this is a different band. One last note for me is that Visions is way better than this anyway. This album has more mid-tempo songs and nothing near as inspiring as 1997. It's just a rehash on what he's already done before about a million times.


That's totally true my friend, I really feel that every song needs Timo Kotipelto to be in it, but the thing is ... for me this band is way better than any of other Tolkki's bands/projects like "Sanna - The Warrior of Light (thing!!!!)" - and even Revolution Renaissance. At least it reminded us with the old Stratovarius style. and I really think with some little improvements, and if they'll replace the vocal .... it will be something amazing.

and btw I have the perfect vocal match for this band ... check on youtube for James Durbin (American Idol Season 10) and tell me what u think about him
BMR Monkey - 29.03.2011 at 20:00  
Rating: 8
Quote:
Quote:
Written by leo85 on 28.03.2011 at 14:49



I agree dude.. but about Visions, without the other remaining 4 members of Stratovarius then Tolkki wouldn't have ever released music like Visions. To me this album sounds like he's trying to mimic all these original members. My biggest example is the drummer, how much does he sound like Jorg? Alot!!!!

Sure, this is definately the Tolkki style thats cool. But it's also Stratovarius. I guess what i'm trying to say is that every single song sounds like Timo Kotipelto should be in it.. and it sounds like Tolkki's come back to his old band and tried to turn it around for the better. The trouble is he's too late and this is a different band. One last note for me is that Visions is way better than this anyway. This album has more mid-tempo songs and nothing near as inspiring as 1997. It's just a rehash on what he's already done before about a million times.


That's totally true my friend, I really feel that every song needs Timo Kotipelto to be in it, but the thing is ... for me this band is way better than any of other Tolkki's bands/projects like "Sanna - The Warrior of Light (thing!!!!)" - and even Revolution Renaissance. At least it reminded us with the old Stratovarius style. and I really think with some little improvements, and if they'll replace the vocal .... it will be something amazing.

and btw I have the perfect vocal match for this band ... check on youtube for James Durbin (American Idol Season 10) and tell me what u think about him



c'mon, are you serious? andre matos is one of the 5 best singers in the power metal scene

i agree on everything else that you say but give andre matos a chance, hear him stuff on angra old days, avantasia and AINA, he is that great that there was a time that iron maiden was considering him to replace bruce dickinson
Luneth - 01.04.2011 at 19:47  
Rating: 7 Sounds like a combination of Visions and Episode, nothing spectacular.
Iriki - 06.04.2011 at 20:53  
  I've never seen, for a long time, a vocal harmony gayer than the "Fields of Avalon" album version, and It seems that I predicited every minute of this album.

Tolkki made a flaw in Matos' discography
mikeprado30 - 08.04.2011 at 07:02  
Rating: 10 Excellent album! I never thought Tolkki came back to the roots of purest Melodic Metal, but HE GOT IT! That's the way he never should abandon. What came into his head when he compose the Stratovarius album and the 2 first RR albums? And also André Matos surprised me with so many high-pitched vocals. Undoubtedly one of the best albums of this year until now (I write as LOVER of the Melodic Metal, or Euro-Flower or whatever you call it ). I'm sure fans of the roughest, rawest, uncleanest, hardest, growlest and deathest metal won't hesitate to get away and/or piss, spit, barf and crackle over this album; because is just for the melodymaniac guys (as myself )
farfaramir - 14.04.2011 at 05:48  
Rating: 3
Written by mikeprado30 on 08.04.2011 at 07:02

Excellent album! I never thought Tolkki came back to the roots of purest Melodic Metal, but HE GOT IT! That's the way he never should abandon. What came into his head when he compose the Stratovarius album and the 2 first RR albums? And also André Matos surprised me with so many high-pitched vocals. Undoubtedly one of the best albums of this year until now (I write as LOVER of the Melodic Metal, or Euro-Flower or whatever you call it ). I'm sure fans of the roughest, rawest, uncleanest, hardest, growlest and deathest metal won't hesitate to get away and/or piss, spit, barf and crackle over this album; because is just for the melodymaniac guys (as myself )

Eeeem... Im a "melodymaniac" and this album it's just predictible. You should excect something much better with names like those on it. It has good performances, yes, but besides of that there is not a single song I can recall right now...
mikeprado30 - 14.04.2011 at 06:23  
Rating: 10
Written by farfaramir on 14.04.2011 at 05:48

Written by mikeprado30 on 08.04.2011 at 07:02

Excellent album! I never thought Tolkki came back to the roots of purest Melodic Metal, but HE GOT IT! That's the way he never should abandon. What came into his head when he compose the Stratovarius album and the 2 first RR albums? And also André Matos surprised me with so many high-pitched vocals. Undoubtedly one of the best albums of this year until now (I write as LOVER of the Melodic Metal, or Euro-Flower or whatever you call it ). I'm sure fans of the roughest, rawest, uncleanest, hardest, growlest and deathest metal won't hesitate to get away and/or piss, spit, barf and crackle over this album; because is just for the melodymaniac guys (as myself )

Eeeem... Im a "melodymaniac" and this album it's just predictible. You should excect something much better with names like those on it. It has good performances, yes, but besides of that there is not a single song I can recall right now...

Everything is in the tastes of everyone. To yourself it could be predictable, but for me not, because Tolkki has become so unpredictable, as long as he could do a masterpiece (ejem, Destiny, ejem) he could do a piece of crap (ejem, Age of Aquarius, ejem).
Mountain King - 15.04.2011 at 17:19  
  I don't like Andre Matos here! He used to be better. That's my only criticism to this album...
andreosokin - 19.04.2011 at 09:30  
  I've only heard clips on their website and it's so predictable and stupid musically. Every song, every melody, every fill, everything was already written by the same guy in Stratovarius. I've heard NOTHING new. Can't understand why its average rating is 8...
Akke920 - 19.04.2011 at 16:01  
 
Quote:
I agree on everything else that you say but give andre matos a chance, hear him stuff on angra old days, avantasia and AINA, he is that great that there was a time that iron maiden was considering him to replace bruce dickinson


He is great and he is one of my favourite power metal vocalists. BUT check your facts before you post them, Iron Maiden did not consider replacing Bruce Dickinson with André Matos, they had this ''contest'' thing and André Matos sent in a couple of recordings just to show his qualities and see how far he could make it in the contest.
Angra - 21.04.2011 at 18:38  
Rating: 8 This is the best song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND1Wihd5dxw
The Shape 1973 - 22.04.2011 at 10:19  
Rating: 9 There seems to be a lot of bad feeling about this album. But it puts a huge smile on my face, so bollocks to you.

I have been waiting for an album that returns to the mid-career Strato sound for a while. Strato themselves have struggled from Elements onwards, the new re-launched Strato have been OK, but something has been missing. I now know what it is. Tolkki's guitar tone, I love it.

RR was poor, the solo stuff I didn't bother with, so I thought this would be weak when I heard he was launching ANOTHER band. It has been the surprise of the year so far. Yes, their is no originality in it, all of the band have been given strict instructions to play exactly like Visions era members. Good, thats what I have been wanting to hear. The keyboards are so much like Jens, it improves the whole experience for me.

Its fast, melodic and a return to form for me after years of disappointment. If you don't like it, then tough, I think you have missed the point. It is supposed to sound identical to Strato.
Luneth - 23.04.2011 at 12:51  
Rating: 7
Written by The Shape 1973 on 22.04.2011 at 10:19

Its fast, melodic and a return to form for me after years of disappointment. If you don't like it, then tough, I think you have missed the point. It is supposed to sound identical to Strato.


That's right. Tolkki, being a celebrated musician, decided, with the help of some of the biggest names in European Melodic Metal, that he would create a Stratovarius clone. The other band members were content as they always wanted to be in Stratovarius. The End.

...
IDieForMetal - 25.04.2011 at 05:45  
Rating: 10 To say about this album, is a celestial album. This band has great power metal artists. I've heard and although their sound is quite similar to stratovarius, is a very good training.
Savior - 19.05.2011 at 22:30  
Rating: 9 I'm getting tired of all these complaints about Tolkki that his songs are rip of or sounds too much Stratovarius... big deal... first people wish he does music more like Stratovarius, then starts to say that there sound too much like Stratovarius... try to decide. For me it this album is awesome... it's great that Tolkki returns to do something what he does best... if Stratovarius has changed it's style it is not his problem... And if people just listen one time or just a couple of minutes from every song, then they have just lost great experience... learn how to listen songs couple times trhough and then you can only say that it's crap! Not every great song open in just one listening time
AXA - 02.08.2011 at 17:22  
Rating: 8 Good album but i dont like the vocalist voice normal voice ... this band need some awesome vocalist to be completely and amazing band ,,,
Aebsi - 19.11.2011 at 05:14  
Rating: 7 I'm pretty much a "die hard" Stratovarius fan and am very glad Stratovarius finally moved on and progressed, but I must say like others before me I really see no reason for Tolkki to start this band if only to sound like his old band, it's like he wrote the songs with one singer in mind Kotipelto. At least Tolkki shows he still got some decent material in him, but can he move on or more corectly (I think) get over his ego and let the other band mates have a bigger influence on the material? I have my doubts but time will tell.

Well on the album I found "Come By The Hills", "Santiago", "Forevermore" and "I Walk In Neon" to be the highlights of the album and quite enjoyable.
R Lewis - 30.10.2013 at 17:04  
Rating: 6 In some notes Matos is simply painful here

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