Timo Tolkki - Launches 'Project Strato: Return To Dreamspace'

Ex-Stratovarius member Timo Tolkki's has blogged on his Myspace page about a new project, titled 'Project Strato: Return To Dreamspace' with a link to a music page for the group of the same name.

This Myspace page shed's more light on the project:

"After Tolkki's departure from Stratovarius in the late 2007 an idea was born to get the classic Dreamspace line up together for an album. As a result the summer 2009 will be spent writing and demoing songs for a late 2009 release tentatively titled as: "PROJECT STRATO:RETURN TO DREAMSPACE". This album will see Timo Tolkki handling the vocals again and the fans of the Twilight Time/Dreamspace era will surely not be disappointed."

The reunited group is confirmed on Project Strato's Myspace as:

Timo Tolkki - Vocals & Guitar
Tuomo Lassila - Drums
Antti Ikonen - Keyboards
Jari Kainulainen - Bass

Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Stratovarius
Posted: 20.05.2009 by ShadowCross

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17.01.2010 - 05:59
Assuming I get any kind of response, is there any news on the status of this? Even the Wiki still says it's set for release fall of last year. This concerns me...

I know this is an old discussion, but I feel I have to provide a much needed, alternate perspective. A lot of these comments seem like uneducated hooplah...many of them imply that the article wasn't even read, or at least understood...

For me and I'm sure many others, Dreamspace is an amazing album and the peak of Stratovarius' classic & darker sound. It's an experience you wont find replicated anywhere else in music, let alone from the one place you could hope to expect it: the band itself. Before hearing the news that the old members were getting together to do it like they used to, I always fantasized of such a thing happening. 'What would happen if they continued with that sound? It was so amazing.' and such thoughts, you know? It seems like they were really onto something extraordinary, but dropped it for the sound that ultimately evolved into what they are today, which isn't bad but is certainly tired.

I really don't understand the logic behind despising Tolkki for making this decision. I think it's something to be admired. It implies that the Tolkki we love is in there and that he wants to bring the truest fans what they really want. He's seen where he's failed, and I think he would retire and die happy knowing he made a successful final delivery.

To me, this is great news. It's not about "ZOMG NEW STRATO ALBUM!!1!1"; it's the notion of returning to their old sound, missed by many, with the very members that made it happen before. Yeah, it probably won't be what it would have been had they decided to follow through with this 15 years ago, but assuming they come anywhere close and/or meet the minimum expectations anyone could have at this point, I will be a happy, satisfied fan of Stratovarius. It seems like I've been waiting for this for years.
05.09.2010 - 14:14
I read that this project is currently on hold. Because he didn't know who would cover the vocals. I have a feeling this album will never come out...

and if it does, it will be more of an unofficial release.

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