After ex-Stratovarius boss Timo Tolkki released the first part of his science fiction story under the title "The Land Of New Hope" last year, he is now going into the second round with the title "Angels Of The Apocalypse". As already usual in the first part or from similar projects like Tobi Sammet's Avantasia, the second part of the Rock Opera, which is conceived as a trilogy, continues of course with lots of pathos, but also beautiful melodies and fat power metal guitar riffs. Tolkki, who was once again responsible for the bass and guitar parts, has again made a lot of effort with guest singers. There are guest roles for Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Zachary Stevens (Savatage), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) and David DeFeis (Virgin Steele). Especially the female vocalists do a great job, while the male shouters can't always integrate so well. "Angels Of The Apocalypse" sounds a bit more focused and round than the first part. To a new 2015.
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