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Revolution Renaissance

Genre: Power Metal, Metal  |  Status: Disbanded  |  Viewed: 15496 times


30 July 2010

Former STRATOVARIUS leader/guitarist Timo Tolkki has released the following statement: "Due to my private problems, the lack of interest in REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE [Tolkki's post-STRATOVARIUS band] shows by the promoters, and the current situation in the music industry that affects to everything including the production budgets, it has become impossible to continue the band. "We have tried to book shows in these last three years, but we haven't been able to do so. "A rock band cannot exist without direct contact to its fans. Therefore I have no other choice but to make the decision to stop the band and its activities due to the above-mentioned reasons. "The third and final album of the band will be released at the end of September. &qu

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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.

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New Era

  • Label: Frontier Records
  • Released: 2008

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Age of Aquarius

  • Label: Scarlet Records
  • Released: 2009

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  • 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

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Timo Tolkki
Guitars 2008 -
Bruno Agra
Drums 2008 -
Gus Monsanto
Vocals 2008 -

Former members

Justin Biggs
Bass 2008 -
Mike Khalilov
Keyboards 2008 -

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