Release date: May 2013
The Land Of New Hope is the first full-length album by Timo Tolkki's metal opera project Avalon, released on May 17, 2013 through Frontiers Records. The album peaked at number 7 on the Finnish Albums chart.
According to Tolkki "I sort of rediscovered myself musically in the process of making this album. I wrote the story first and started composing the music after that. My aim was to write memorable songs with good melodies that would support the story... On this album you will find a lot of different dynamics... with some songs that are fully orchestrated and sound very very big."
The story of the album: "It's A.D. 2055 and most big cities of Planet Earth are either flooded with tsunamis or destroyed by earthquakes and fire. The whole infrastructure and communication system has broken down. The destruction is total. A small group of survivors leaves for a quest to find a sacred place known as The Land of New Hope. It is an old fairytale that has been told since decades, but very few has actually ever believed of its existence. They travel far on a journey that is full of dangers and come across a seer who guides them further. She explains to them that The Land of New Hope does exist, but it is guarded by a Keeper and only those who are pure in heart can pass him. They wander further towards their ultimate destiny…"