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After joining Stratovarius 23 years ago Timo Tolkki did not expect to achieve the sales of 2,5 million records, a Finnish Grammy and 3 Gold Discs with his band. He was a pioneer in creating a highly copied Stratovarius production sound producing all the Stratovarius albums and also was pioneering together with his bandmates the genre of melodic and symphonic power metal that generated a whole generation of new bands that paid a tribute to his band. After writing over 120 songs and playing over 1200 shows with Stratovarius, Timo Tolkki decided to stop the band in October 2007 because of the very bad internal situation, chemistry and lack of motivation of the band. In a dramatic move he gave away all his rights to the entire catalogue of Stratovarius, including all the rights to the name he owned for his ex bandmates as a response to them from surprising notification that they would continue without him as Stratovarius.
Tolkki recorded an album called ”New Era” and named the project ”Revolution Renaissance”. This highly acclaimed melodic metal album includes performances from such legends as Michael Kiske and Tobias Sammet.
After the Stratovarius turmoil, Timo Tolkki was not sure if he ever wanted to have a new band or tour again. After some months and the good response of ”New Era” everywhere, he decided to carry on and started to search for permanent members for his new band. And ad in his myspace resulted in over 2000 applications from all over the world.
Among these people Tolkki chose the new members based on their personalities and life views and of course their playing skills. Enter Gus Monsanto (Vocals), Bruno Agra (Drums), Mike Khalilov (Keyboards) and Justin Biggs (Bass), this new band is a mixture of different nationalities and youthful energy. Some of the bands these new musicians have played before include names such as Adagio and Aquaria.
In June 2008 Revolution Renaissance signed a deal with JVC Victor for the whole territory of Southeast Asia.
In September 2008, the new line up started the recordings of new material and promotion in Helsinki. An album release in early 2009 is expected. Before that, the band will play an extensive tour in South America.
Revolution Renaissance cherishes the legacy of Stratovarius in its music as a natural continuation to Tolkki’s songwriting which contributed 95% of Stratovarius material in 23 years he played in the band. Paradise, Season of Change, Father Time, Black Diamond, Hunting High and Low, Kiss of Judas and Forever among other songs have left Tolkki’s trademark Stratovarius sound and songwriting in the history of melodic symphonic power metal. Revolution Renaissance will continue this legacy with a new energy, enthusiasm and attitude.
News related to Revolution Renaissance
- TIMO TOLKKI Puts REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE To Rest / 30.07.2010 (1 comment)
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: New Album Title Revealed, New Keyboardist Announced / 24.05.2010
- TIMO TOLKKI And REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Part Ways With Sol Music Management / 18.03.2010
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Performs In São Paulo; Video Available / 04.12.2009
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Joined By Former HAMMERFALL Bassist / 01.11.2009 (3 comments)
- Former REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Bassist Says Split Was 'Mutual' / 12.10.2009 (3 comments)
- Ex-REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Keyboardist Says He Learned He Was Fired Via Internet / 11.10.2009 (4 comments)
- TIMO TOLKKI'S Revolution Renaissance signs with Napalm Records; new album in 2010 / 28.08.2009 (3 comments)
- TIMO TOLKKI: About his removed and re-taken Myspace account / 04.08.2009
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Bassist Gearing Up For Release Of New DESCEND EP; Details Revealed / 15.07.2009 (5 comments)
- Former STRATOVARIUS Leader Working On Autobiography / 02.07.2009 (1 comment)
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: One hour documentary about making the new album available / 17.03.2009
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: New song from Age Of Aquarius available for download / 04.03.2009 (3 comments)
- TIMO TOLKKI's New Song Gets STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist's Stamp Of Approval / 26.02.2009 (1 comment)
- TIMO TOLKKI: One song from new Revolution Renaissance album available for download, coverart released / 14.02.2009 (1 comment)
- TIMO TOLKKI: Take part on a balloting and win his ESP guitar from Stratovarius era / 28.01.2009
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE sings a worldwide record deal. Age Of Aquarius on the works! / 18.12.2008 (2 comments)
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: South American tour postponed / 02.12.2008 (3 comments)
- TIMO TOLKKI: Videointerview part 2 online. Stratovarius era 1996-2008. / 13.11.2008
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: New Timo Tolkki videointerview online / 29.10.2008
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: Official Forum now open! / 24.10.2008 (1 comment)
- TIMO T0LKKI: Giving a response to Stratovarius statement concerning the usage of Stratovarius name in the future / 23.10.2008 (10 comments)
- TIMO TOLKKI: Clearing out some misunderstandings concerning the forthcoming RR album / 23.10.2008 (1 comment)
- TIMO TOLKKI's REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE: New Photos, Video Interviews Posted Online / 21.10.2008 (2 comments)
- REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE - Let The New Era Begin and clean the backyard before that / 18.10.2008
- TIMO TOLKKI: New in depth interview online this saturday / 16.10.2008
- TIMO TOLKKI Wishes New STRATOVARIUS Lineup 'Best Of Luck' / 06.10.2008 (4 comments)
- TIMO TOLKKI Blames Label For Lack Of REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE Press Coverage / 22.07.2008
- Label: Frontier Records
- Released: 2008
- 1. Heroes (Sammet) (lyrics)
- 2. I Did It My Way (Kiske) (lyrics)
- 3. We Are Magic (Rantanen) (lyrics)
- 4. Angel (Kiske) (lyrics)
- 5. Eden Is Burning (Rantanen) (lyrics)
- 6. Glorious and Divine (Sammet) (lyrics)
- 7. Born Upon the Cross (Rantanen) (lyrics)
- 8. Keep the Flame Alive (Kiske) (lyrics)
- 9. Last Night on Earth (Kiske) (lyrics)
- 10. Revolution Renaissance (Kiske) (lyrics)
Reviews for "New Era"
Age of Aquarius
- Label: Scarlet Records
- Released: 2009
- Label: Napalm Records
- Released: 2010
- 1. Marching With the Fools
- 2. Falling to Rise
- 3. A Lot Like Me
- 4. The World Doesn`t Get To Me
- 5. Crossing the Rubicon
- 6. Just Let It Rain
- 7. Dreamchild
- 8. Trinity
- 9. Frozen Winter Heart