“Moonglow” is a symbiosis between old and new. That means the structure of the record and the songs are both new, but also familiar
Land of Light is certainly not the game changer The Metal Opera was (nor do I think it was intended to be) and I wouldn’t quite rank it up there in terms of quality
Metal operas and allstar-projects are all the rage in recent years – everyone knows that. In 2013 former Stratovarious guitarist Timo Tolkki jumped on that train and founded a metal opera project called “Avalon”. I had mixed feelings about this one: on the one hand it copied a lot from Avantasia, but on the other hand you’ve found some pretty good earworms and great singers on it. Now, only one year later, Timo Tolkki presents us his second part. I was wondering if the quality of the songs suffers from this short period of time.
Spearheading this project is Martin Schella, who some of you might now from his role in STEEL PROTECTOR or maybe even CAST IN SILENCE but he is joined here with a massive cast of people, some who are largely unknowns and a few surprisingly high profile guests too, like Gary Wehrkamp and Brendt Allman both from SHADOW GALLERY, Billy Sherwood from YES and SPOCK’S BEARD occasional member Jimmy Keegan…