The Land of New Hope

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The Land of New Hope
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Studio album by Avalon
ReleasedMay 17, 2013
Recorded2012-2013
GenreSymphonic power metal
LabelFrontiers Records
ProducerTimo Tolkki
Avalon chronology
The Land of New Hope
(2013)
Angels of the Apocalypse
(2014)

The Land of New Hope is the first full-length album by Timo Tolkki's metal opera project Avalon. The album was released on May 17, 2013 in Europe and May 21, 2013 in the US.[1]

According to Tolkki "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...On this album you will find a lot of different dynamics...with some songs that are fully orchestrated and sound very very big."[2]

Tolkki plans to release a trilogy about this concept, and The Land of New Hope is the end of the story[3]

Several heavy metal singers were invited to play the characters of the story of the album, with female vocalist Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and vocalist Rob Rock (Impellitteri) appearing to be the main characters and singing on most of the songs. The remaining vocalists performing on the album were Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Russell Allen (Symphony X, Allen-Lande), Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation) and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).

The artwork was created by Stanis W. Decker and will be released in 2 versions - regular cd and deluxe edition with a 30-minute documentary plus a promotional videoclip for the song "Enshrined in My Memory".

Story[edit]

"It’s A.D. 2055 and most big cities of Planet Earth are either flooded with tsunamis or destroyed by earthquakes and fire. The whole infrastructure and communication system has broken down. The destruction is total. A small group of survivors leaves for a quest to find a sacred place known as The Land of New Hope. It is an old fairytale that has been told since decades, but very few has actually ever believed of its existence. They travel far on a journey that is full of dangers and come across a seer who guides them further. She explains to them that The Land of New Hope does exist, but it is guarded by a Keeper and only those who are pure in heart can pass him. They wander further towards their ultimate destiny…."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Timo Tolkki.

No.TitleGuest VocalistLength
1."Avalanche Anthem"Russell Allen, Rob Rock, Elize Ryd4:53
2."A World Without Us"Elize Ryd, Russell Allen, Rob Rock5:43
3."Enshrined in My Memory"Elize Ryd4:08
4."In the Name of the Rose"Elize Ryd, Russell Allen, Rob Rock4:29
5."We Will Find a Way"Rob Rock, Tony Kakko4:25
6."Shine"Elize Ryd, Sharon den Adel3:37
7."The Magic of the Night"Rob Rock4:44
8."To the Edge of the World"Rob Rock5:03
9."I’ll Sing You Home"Elize Ryd5:03
10."The Land of New Hope"Michael Kiske8:57
Japanese edition
No.TitleGuest VocalistLength
11."I’ll Sing You Home (acoustic orchestral version)"Elize Ryd5:03

[5] [6]

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Magdalena Lee - soprano voice
  • Kimmo Blom - backing vocals
  • Luca Sturniolo - backing vocals
  • Sami Boman - orchestrations

Chart positions[edit]

Country Position[7]
Finland 7
Sweden 42
Switzerland 59
Norway 80
Germany 90

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Timo Tolkki's Avalon - The Land of New Hope EPK (Official)". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  2. ^ "Frontiers". Frontiers.it. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  3. ^ "Interview with Timo Tolkki". Metal Traveller. April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Frontiers Records Showcase. Highlighting the best new melodic releases available". Melodicrock.com. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  5. ^ "TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON: 'The Land Of New Hope' Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  6. ^ "The Land of New Hope: Timo Tolkki's Avalon: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  7. ^ "Timo Tolkki's Avalon: More 'The Land Of New Hope' First-Week Chart Positions". Blabbermouth.net. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014.

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