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Timo Tolkki - 'Ultima Thule' (official lyric video)

In the land where the stars dance on ice
Where the auroras paint the skies so nice
Beneath the moon's pale, shimmering light
Whispers of the ancients fill the night
Snow-capped peaks touch the stars
Whispering of all these ancient scars
Legends etched in ice and stone
In this land, I feel at home

Through the blizzards fierce and wild
Echoes of a distant child
Voices lost in endless night
Guiding me with spectral light

Land of cold,
Where tales of old
In the heart of the northern sky
In the land of the frozen
I´ll find my purpose, my worth Hear the spirits call
Land of cold
Where the tales are told
Under shimmering polar skies
Where the heavens dance
In eternal trance
I come from Ultima Thule

Beneath the canopy of endless frost
Where the old tales aren't ever lost
Whispers echo through the frozen air

Classical Variations and Themes 2: Ultima Thule
Το μακρινό 1994 ο (κιθαρίστας των Stratovarius εκείνη την περίοδο) Timo Tolkki κυκλοφορούσε προσωπικό δίσκο υπό τον τίτλο "Classical Variations and Themes". Δίσκος κατά βάση ορχηστρικός (instrumental) καθώς μόλις δύο συνθέσεις είχαν στίχους.

Τρεις δεκαετίες αργότερα (φέτος δηλαδή) θα κυκλοφορήσει η φυσική συνέχειά του ("Classical Variations and Themes 2: Ultima Thule"). Το album θα αποτελείται από δέκα μουσικές συνθέσεις και θα "βγει" αυτοχρηματοδοτούμενο το φθινόπωρο σε cd και βινύλιο (1 Οκτωβρίου 2024) και σε ψηφιακή μορφή (1 Σεπτεμβρίου 2024).

Ο Timo Tolkki έχει αναλάβει τα φωνητικά, την κιθάρα και το μπάσο, ενώ θα συμμετάσχουν ο Jeff Scott Soto (φωνητικά), ο Jens Johansson και ο Mikko Härkin στα πλήκτρα συν τον Peter Dellermann στα τύμπανα...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Classical Variations and Themes 2: Ultima Thule is the fifth solo album by Timo Tolkki, the renowned guitarist and mastermind behind the legendary power metal band Stratovarius. This album showcases Tolkki’s virtuosity and his deep appreciation for both classical music and his Finnish heritage.

The album is a compelling blend of symphonic metal, classical influences, and Finnish folklore, making it a unique and immersive listening experience. Classical Variations and Themes 2: Ultima Thule is a testament to Timo Tolkki’s unparalleled skill as a guitarist and composer.

Each track is meticulously crafted, blending classical themes with modern metal elements, resulting in a work that is both timeless and innovative. The album invites listeners on a journey through myth, nature, and personal reflection, all through the lens of Tolkki’s distinctive musical artistry. Whether you are a fan of classical music, metal, or simply appreciate masterful guitar work, this album is a must-listen.»

Η ανάλυση των (δέκα) τραγουδιών του δίσκου:

01. Solveig’s Song:

Opening with a delicate and haunting melody, “Solveig’s Song” sets the tone for the album with its classical roots. Tolkki’s intricate guitar work and emotive composition pay homage to the beauty of classical music.

02. Ultima Thule:

The title track, “Ultima Thule,” is a powerful and epic piece that transports the listener to the mythical land beyond the borders of the known world. The song combines majestic orchestration with Tolkki’s signature guitar prowess, creating a sweeping and cinematic soundscape.

03. Sturmfrei:

With “Sturmfrei,” Tolkki explores themes of freedom and inner strength. The track features dynamic shifts between calm, introspective passages and intense, high-energy sections, reflecting the tumultuous journey towards personal liberation.

04. Isä:

“Isä,” meaning “Father” in Finnish, is a heartfelt tribute that resonates with deep emotional sincerity. Tolkki’s poignant guitar melodies convey a sense of reverence and gratitude, making it one of the most touching pieces on the album.

05. Kalevala:

Drawing inspiration from the Finnish national epic, “Kalevala” is a rich and evocative track that weaves together elements of folklore and mythology. The composition’s grandeur and complexity mirror the epic tales of heroism and adventure found in the ancient Finnish saga.

06. Tolkien’s Tundra:

As the name suggests, “Tolkien’s Tundra” is a fantastical journey through a wintry, otherworldly landscape. The song’s intricate arrangements and ethereal atmosphere evoke the mystical realms often depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien’s works.

07. Soul of the World:

“Soul of the World” is a profound and introspective track that delves into the essence of existence. Tolkki’s masterful guitar playing is complemented by lush orchestration, creating a piece that is both meditative and powerful.

08. Silent Icy Tears:

This hauntingly beautiful track captures the melancholy and solitude of a frozen landscape. The delicate interplay between piano and guitar evokes the quiet beauty of winter and the introspective mood it brings.

09. Spirit of the Forest:

“Spirit of the Forest” immerses the listener in the serene and mystical ambiance of a Finnish forest. The song’s gentle, flowing melodies and naturalistic sounds create a sense of peaceful communion with nature.

10. Karjalan Kunnailla:

Closing the album is “Karjalan Kunnailla,” a traditional Finnish folk song that Tolkki reinterprets with his unique musical vision. This track serves as a homage to his cultural roots and concludes the album on a note of nostalgic reverence.

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