Released: 2002, Century Media
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Timo Kotipelto, member of the Finnish band Stratovarius, evidently had some time on his hands and created Kotipelto. The project consists of the following stars of the melodic metal scene:
Jari Kainulainen (Stratovarius) bass
Mike Romeo (Symphony X) guitar
Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween) guitar
Sami Virtanen (Warman) guitar
Janne Wirman (Children of Bodom, Warman) keyboards
Mirka Rantanen (Tunnel Vision, Warman) drums
Gus (Him) drums
Timo himself on lead and backup-vocals.
Timo was hugely successful with this debut album of melodic hardrock. His own voice-capacity is enormous. He also did all the lyrics and music on the album. The production is magnificent and very strong. Since Timo has always been interested in Egyptian mythology and history, the album is a theme-record and the content is both facts and fiction--combining Egyptian secrets and mysterious legends. The cover is great--made by the very famous Derek Riggs (Iron Maiden, Gamma Ray)--and is very much inspired by the record.
The songs on ”Waiting for the dawn” are all extremly good. Some have more obvious attributes than others. For example, ”Travel Through Time” (fast-paced), ”Beginning” (melodic) and ”Beauty Has Come”(a beautiful and sentimental ballad--almost makes you cry). This albums consists of eleven magical songs--a ”must” for all serious melodic hardrockers out there in the world! Finland is no longer a hardrock-desert. They are coming on strong!
For more info about the band: http://www.kotipelto.com