Five years in the making, ‘Return to Eden’ marks a new return for the legendary Finnish guitarist and composer Timo Tolkki (formerly of Stratovarius). Following a period out of the spotlight, Tolkki began writing the long-awaited third chapter of his metal opera (it follows ‘The Land Of New Hope’ [2013] and ‘Angels Of The Apocalypse’ [2014]) and completed this outstanding comeback album with help from Italian producer Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere). A convincing and inspired release, Tolkki’s hunger to create is more evident than ever.

As with the previous chapters in this opera series, a slew of heavyweight guest vocalists handle vocal duties, with ‘Return To Eden’ featuring appearances by renowned Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering), Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania, Ardours) and Eduard Hovinga (ex-Elegy).

“I would like to say… Tolkki is back!” exclaims the man himself. “I feel that this is one of my best works to date and I believe the whole cast of singers and musicians truly went above and beyond the call of duty.

We managed to create a really great record. I hope the fans will like it.”

Tolkki has travelled a long, hard road to get to where he is today, but is now back and more determined than ever to claim his rightful place in the metal scene. Listen and believe!



1  Enlighten (instrumental)

2  Promises (feat Todd Michael Hall)

3  Return To Eden (feat Mariangela Demurtas / Zachary Stevens / Todd Michael Hall)

4  Hear My Call (feat Anneke Van Giersbergen)

5  Now And Forever (feat Todd Michael Hall)

6  Miles Away (feat Zachary Stevens)

7  Limits (feat Eduard Hovinga)

8  We Are The Ones (feat Anneke Van Giersbergen)

9  Godsend (feat Mariangela Demurtas)

10  Give Me Hope (feat Eduard Hovinga)

11  Wasted Dreams (feat Zachary Stevens)

12  Guiding Star (feat Mariangela Demurtas)

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Todd Michael Hall – vocals (‘Promises’, ‘Now And Forever’, ‘Return To Eden’)

Anneke Van Giersbergen – vocals (‘Hear My Call’, ‘We Are The Ones’)

Mariangela Demurtas – vocals (‘Godsend’, ‘Guiding Star’, ‘Return To Eden’)

Zachary Stevens – vocals (‘Miles Away’, ‘Wasted Dreams’, ‘Return To Eden’)

Eduard Hovinga – vocals (‘Give Me Hope’, ‘Limits’)


Timo Tolkki – lead guitars, bass

Andrea Buratto – bass

Antonio Agate – piano, keyboards

Giulio Capone – drums, piano, keyboards

Jami Huovinen – drums

Aldo Lonobile – guitars

Santtu Lehtiniemi – additional guitars