The recordings for the new album from TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON began in late November at East Sounds Studios in Helsinki, Finland with drum recordings from original STRATOVARIUS drummer and Tolki’s former bandmate, Tuomo Lassila.
In addition, original Stratovarius keyboardist Antti Ikonen has joined the line-up. He played all keyboards on the classic Stratovarius albums such as Fright Night, Twilight Time, Dreamspace and Fourth Dimension. The album is the first time Tolkki, Lassila and Ikonen have worked together since 1995.
Tolkki: “It is incredibly refreshing to create and play new music with his old friends and that the spirit and the atmosphere has been absolutely great and positive!”
Tolkki has just checked in from the studio and talks about the guitars and recording equipment being used:
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 website this location.
The confirmed cast of musicians/singers is once again full of internationally acclaimed artists including NIGHTWISH/REVAMP singer Floor Jansen and Simone Simons of EPICA fame.
A European Tour is being planned for May to coincide with the release of the album. More details on the live lineup and dates will be revealed later.