TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON – Return To Eden

Five years in the making, ‘Return to Eden’ marks a new return for Finnish guitarist and composer
Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius). Following a period out of the spotlight, Tolkki began writing the
third chapter of his metal opera (it follows ‘The Land Of New Hope’ [2013] and ‘Angels Of The
Apocalypse’ [2014]) and completed this outstanding comeback album with help from Italian
producer Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere). A convincing and inspired release, Tolkki’s creative
drive and vision is more evident than ever. As with the previous chapters in this opera series, a
slew of heavyweight guest vocalists handle vocal duties, with featured appearances by renowned
Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering), Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage), Todd
Michael Hall (Riot V), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania, Ardours) and Eduard Hovinga (ex-Elegy).
“I would like to say… Tolkki is back!” exclaims the man himself. “I feel that this is one of my best
works to date and I believe the whole cast of singers and musicians truly went above and beyond
the call of duty. We managed to create a really great record. I hope the fans will like it.” Tolkki
has travelled a long, hard road to get to where he is today, but is now back and more determined
than ever to claim his rightful place in the metal scene. Listen and believe!

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