Having seen the band live I strongly recommend them to any fan of the genre – as the live arena is where this riff based style comes alive and delivers its biggest blows. The special edition of the album comes with a DVD, which shows you what the band can do live and is the best introduction to the band before you venture into the bands catalogue. This edition also comes with a sewn patch, which will ward off posers!
Timo Tolkki – do I have to say something about this guy? I think lots of metalheads know him as the former guitar player of the power metal band Stratovarius. Over the years he has become some kind of cult-figure in the metal genre, so many people were excited when they heard of his new project Avalon, which is supposed to be a metal opera. Timo Tolkki gathered lots of guest musicians around him to take you on a journey into the land of new hope, but lots of things have a bitter aftertaste and I’ll tell you why.
Very special guest at the Bristol and Newcastle shows is Gabriella Jones featuring Planet Rock radio’s Wyatt Wendels on drums.