Origin: Finland  
Genres: Hard Rock, Power Metal
Page online: September 30, 2008
Last update/review: October 31, 2010

Revolution Renaissance

The rise and eventual fall of Stratovarius is familiar to most by now. One of Europe's pioneering power metal bands, Stratovarius had an extremely successful run in the nineties and beyond, but mainman Timo Tolkki's personal issues eventually took their toll, and eventually the band publicly flamed out. By that time Tolkki already had ideas and visions for a new project, and Revolution Renaissance became that vision, with New Era (originally planned as the next Stratovarius album) seeing the light of day in 2008. Recorded in project mode with three well-known Euro power metal vocalists sharing vocal duties, New Era is a relatively straightfoward hard rock-inspired power metal album, with Tolkki more or less playing it safe -- there's nothing really wrong here, but as a start of a new project one might have hoped for something more momentous. Eventually he put a more permanent band together and put out another album album in 2009, but response to the band seemed to be luke-warm, and perhaps sensing this, Tolkki decided to break up the group in July 2010, with a final album Trinity completing the band's legacy.

Last Lineup

Gustavo Monsanto

vocals (ex-Adagio, ex-Overdose)

Timo Tolkki

guitars (ex-Stratovarius, ex-Symfonia)

Magnus Rosén

bass (ex-HammerFall, ex-Jorn, ex-Keegan, Shadowside, ex-X-World/5)

Bruno Agra


Former Members/Guests

Michael Kiske (guest)

vocals (Helloween, ex-Unisonic)

Tobias Sammet (guest)

vocals (Avantasia, Edguy)

Pasi Rantanen (guest)

vocals (Thunderstone)

Pasi Heikkilä


Justin Biggs

bass (Sorcerer)

Mike Khalilov


Bob Katsionis

keyboards (ex-Firewind, ex-Nightfall, ex-Septicflesh, guest for Serious Black)

Mirka Rantanen

drums (ex-Thunderstone, ex-Warmen)


New Era  
2008 Blistering
  1. Heroes
  2. I Did It My Way
  3. We Are Magic
  4. Angel
  5. Eden Is Burning
  6. Glorious And Divine
  7. Born Upon The Cross
  8. Keep The Flame Alive
  9. Last Night On Earth
  10. Revolution Renaissance
  • Michael Kiske
  • Tobias Sammet
  • Pasi Rantanen
  • Timo Tolkki
  • Pasi Heikkilä
  • Mirka Rantanen

Age Of Aquarius  
2009 Scarlet
  1. The Age of Aquarius
  2. So She Wears Black
  3. Ixion's Wheel
  4. Kyrie Eleison
  5. Revolution Has Begun
  6. Sins Of My Beloved
  7. Behind The Mask
  8. Ghost Of Fallen Grace
  9. Children Of The Future
  10. The Heart Of All
  • Gustavo Monsanto
  • Timo Tolkki
  • Justin Biggs
  • Mike Khalilov
  • Bruno Agra

2010 Frontiers
  1. Heroes
  2. I Did It My Way
  3. Angel
  4. Keep The Flame
  5. We Are Magic
  6. Last Night On Earth
  7. Revolution Renaissance
  8. Heroes

2010 Napalm
  1. Marching With the Fools
  2. Falling To Rise
  3. A Lot Like Me
  4. The World Doesn't Get To Me
  5. Crossing the Rubicon
  6. Just Let It Rain
  7. Dreamchild
  8. Trinity
  9. Frozen Winter Heart
  • Gustavo Monsanto
  • Timo Tolkki
  • Magnus Rosén
  • Bob Katsionis
  • Bruno Agra

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