TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON: ‘Enshrined In My Memory’ Video Released
March 25, 2013
“Enshrined In My Memory”, the new video from TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Patric Ullaeus ofRevolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others. The song is also available for download and legal streaming through all fine shops such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
Frontiers Records has set a May 21 North American release date forTIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON new metal opera, “The Land Of New Hope”. The CD’s story 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 guitaristTimo Tolkki.
The album will be 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),Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), Rob Rock (IMPELLITTERI), Russell Allen(SYMPHONY X), Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION) and Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA). Rounding out the stunning lineup 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 presidentSerafino Perugino. Perugino, a longtime STRATOVARIUS fan, suggestedTolkki 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”. Tolkki explained: “I sort of rediscovered myself musically in the process of making this album. I wrote the story first and started composing the music after that. My aim was to write memorable songs with good melodies that would support the story.
“In STRATOVARIUS back in the early ’90s, I was one of the creators of the power metal genre, so it is only natural that people may associate this music style with me… but on this album, you will find lot of dynamics including fully-orchestrated songs that sound very, very big.”
With the full support of Frontiers Records and Serafino Perugino‘s executive production, “The Land Of New Hope” opens a new chapter inTolkki‘s career. Tolkki added, “‘The Land Of New Hope’ is one part of the story, the end of it, actually. The story is longer and goes back to the time before this album’s concept, so two more metal operas are likely to follow to complete a trilogy.
“In general, I find the metal opera concept fascinating and logical to me at this point of my career. I love classical music and just like in classical opera, in metal opera you can also create stories and have almost limitless possibilities musically.
“It is not so easy to stay fresh after a 25-year career, but this album is truly something special.”
“The Land Of New Hope” track listing:
01. Avalanche Anthem
02. A World Without Us
03. Enshrined In My Memory
04. In The Name Of The Rose
05. We Will Find A Way
07. The Magic Of The Night
08. To The Edge Of The Earth
09. I’ll Sing You Home
10. The Land Of New Hope
A “The Land Of New Hope” EPK (Electronic Press Kit) can be seen below.
AS I LAY DYING frontman Tim Lambesis was given a six-year prison sentence without probation for his role in a murder-for-hire plot. The singer’s ex-bandmates Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert were present in the San Diego Superior courtroom earlier today (Friday, May 16) when Judge Carlos Armour handed down the sentencing.
The 33-year-old musician, who received 48 days credit for custody already served, pleaded guilty in February to hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Meggan. The singer’s attorney offered no stipulated plea deal, which means the judge had the freedom to apply whatever sentence he determines appropriate, with a maximum of 9 years in state prison plus 4 years parole after release.
The judge confirmed at today’s sentencing that Meggan and the couple’s three adopted children from Ethiopia would receive 10 years’ protection.
According to Radio.com, the family of the victim, Meggan, spoke to the court at today’s sentencing, as did Meggan herself. Meggan’s father, Mike Murphy, who was the first to address he court, claimed that the family still fears Meggan’s assassination, stating, “We know that prison is a great alibi for someone who wants to complete the deed.” Murphy added, “He was only worried about the money. Tim is only sorry he got caught.
Meggan’s mother also spoke at the hearing, calling Lambesis an abusive husband who regarded Meggan as “a mere inconvenience to this narcissistic child.” For her part, Meggan — who is now known as Meggan Murphy — told the judge: “My name used to be Meggan Lambesis. Up until two years ago, my life was entirely devoted to that man. She added that Tim had become “dangerous” and that she “felt as fragile as a piece of paper that could float away at any moment.” She also explained that the day before Tim’s arrest, the musician texted her asking for their three adopted children’s social security numbers in a display of “tying up loose ends.”
Meggan — who reportedly received an e-mail from her husband several months before she filed for divorce telling her that he no longer loved her or believed in God — even referenced the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Total Recall”, where Arnold’s character shoots his wife and says, “Consider that a divorce.” She went on to describe how she learned that her husband told her in an e-mail that he wanted a divorce. But it never crossed her mind that he would try to hire a hit man to kill her. “I had no idea who I was living with,” she said, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. She added: “The question of who else Tim talked to or will talk to will forever haunt me,” noting that she had seen “horrible comments” online from Lambesis’ fans about her and her family. She said because of Lambesis’ notoriety, he has followers who would do anything for him. “I am plagued by vulnerability,” she said.
When it was Tim’s turn to speak, the vocalist openly wept and struggled to get the words out. “I do feel deep remorse,” he said. “I want to thank you. For her prayers, which proves you still have the heart that you do.” Lambesis also claimed that he wasn’t able to verbally apologize to Meggan in the past due to restraining orders.
Meggan filed a civil lawsuit against Tim back in August, seeking over $2 million. She has reportedly asked for $1 million for emotional distress and $25,000 in medical expenses to date. This is in addition to $75,000 she’s seeking for future medical expenses and $1 million in punitive damages. The suit is also seeking attorney’s fees. That case is still pendin