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Kotipelto: Waiting for the Dawn

At least one of the Timos in Stratovarius lived up to his potential during the Finnish progressive/power metal band's self-imposed hiatus. While guitarist Timo Tolkki's second solo album, Hymn to Life, may have been cathartic for him, it's a downright painful listening experience for the rest of us. By contrast, on his first solo album, Waiting for the Dawn, singer Timo Kotipelto soars almost as high as Stratovarius one of Europe's premier metal bands. Of course, he enlisted the help of bass-playing bandmate Jari Kainulainen, as well as some of the most-respected musicians in the business, including guitarists Michael Romeo (Symphony X) and Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween), and keyboard player Mikko Harkin (Sonata Arctica). Bombast prevails.

Kotipelto takes listeners into the world of Egyptian mythology as seen through the eyes of a reincarnated Egyptian man. Song titles include "Lord of Eternity," "Battle of the Gods" and "The Movement of the Nile." Waiting for the Dawn gets a bit tedious, as some tracks begin to sound too similar -- a trait common to Stratovarius until the recent release of that band's Elements Part 1 CD -- and the arrangements are not as lush and effective as ones on a Stratovarius album. Still, this could have been a lot worse. Just try listening to the other Timo's record all the way through ...

Added: February 17th 2003
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Timo Kotipelto Web Site
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Language: english

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