16 May 2014
| May 16, 2014 (Europe)
May 20, 2014 (North America)|
Jens Johansson albums, Power metal albums
Angels of the Apocalypse is the second full-length album by Timo Tolkki's metal opera project Avalon, released on May 16, 2014 in Europe and four days later in North America.
It is the second part of the trilogy created by Tolkki, with the previous album The Land of New Hope being the third part of the story
As with the previous effort, several heavy metal singers were invited to play the characters of the story of the album, with female vocalist Elize Ryd of Amaranthe reprising her role and Floor Jansen (Nightwish, ReVamp) playing the main character. The rest of the cast includes Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Angra), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Simone Simons (Epica), Caterina Nix (solo Chilean singer who is having her debut album produced by Timo Tolkki) and Zachary Stevens (ex-Savatage, Circle II Circle).
The album started to be composed in August 2013 in Greece, to where Timo travelled to seek inspiration.
On October 2013, Timo Tolkki launched a news website for the project in which he announced the album, which was provisionally titled Avalon II. Tolkki also announced he would be working with former Stratovarius bandmates Tuomo Lassila (drums) and Antti Ikonen (keyboards).
In late January, Tolkki revealed the name of the album and the remaining singers. Timo also announced that there will be a contest for guitar and keyboard players, with the winners getting a chance to perform a solo with him in one of the songs.
Once again, the artwork was created by French artist Stanis W. Decker.
Timo stated he created some songs with a specific singer in mind. The title-track will clock around 10:00. He also described the music of the album as "darker and heavier" than its predecessor, which was necessary due to the "Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics".
All tracks written by Timo Tolkki except Garden of Eden, composed by Nicolas Jeudy.Instrumentalists
Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius) — lead and rhythm guitars (Fender), bass, add. keyboards
Tuomo Lassila (ex-Stratovarius) — drums
Antti Ikonen (ex-Stratovarius) — keyboards
David DeFeis (Virgin Steele)
Floor Jansen (Nightwish, ReVamp)
Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Vision Divine, Angra)
Caterina Nix (Cati Torrealba)
Elize Ryd (Amaranthe)
Simone Simons (Epica)
Zachary Stevens (ex-Savatage, Circle II Circle)
Nicolas Jeudy - orchestrations
1Song for Eden0:46Angels of the Apocalypse Wikipedia
2Jerusalem Is Falling5:19
3Design the Century4:26