After the first Revolution Renaissance album 'New Era' with Micael Kiske and Tobias Sammett as guests, Timo Tolkki decided to recruit members to make
Revolution Renaissance a real band. Through adds on his Myspace page he found the Brazilian vocalist Gus Monsanto (Adagio), Hustin Biggs on bass, Mike Khalilov on keyboards and Bruno Angra (also Brazilian) on drums to complete the band. What's new on this album is that control freak Timo did not write all of the songs himself (in Stratovarius he was responsible for over 95% of the songwriting), but made it a real band-effort.
Musically this record is again a little step away from the Strato-style, less power metal, less fast, but more melodic rock, more epic and full of bombastic and orchestral arrangements. Surprisingly enough, new drummer Bruno is responsible for those orchestral parts. And singer Gus is a gain, he has a good high reach and puts enough emotion into his voice. Timo found himself some good musicians to work with here and in the future, besides that, the master himself added some incredible solos to the songs.
This record is for people who like good bombastic, theatrical, melodic (power)-metal and well written songs which sometimes lean against kitsch. Fans that liked the more softer songs of Stratovarius will appreciate this one too.