The Curtains Are Falling: Stratovarius Begins Intermission

Interview with vocalist, Timo Kotipelto
Interviewed by EvilG

I know I've said this before, but every now and then when I'm interviewing someone I am a huge fan of I have to pinch myself and say "Wow, I am really talking one on one to this guy!" Such was the case with Timo Kotipelto. 

Over the past three years I have really grown to love this Finnish melodic metal band. From their music to their lyrics, this band has struck some kind of nerve in me and they have the power to affect me unlike many other bands. Therefore, being given the opportunity by Nuclear Blast to talk to someone from Stratovarius was, to say the least, quite exciting. The interview began 6am EST time for me - yes I was willing to get out of bed at just about any time for a chance to talk to this guy. I got to talk to Timo about his early days prior to Stratovarius, the story of how he got into the band, his solo album plans, the Finnish music scene and much, much more.  I hope you guys like reading the interview as much as I enjoyed doing it!!

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Iíd like to start by talking about your new album  INTERMISSION. Can you tell me what the reasoning is behind putting out this compilation of different types of live things, new songs, cover songs, that kind of thing?

Well, probably the first idea to release something came from our record label because we just, one and a half years ago, we signed a contract with Nuclear Blast and almost immediately after releasing Infinite, our first album for the label, we told them, ďOk, now we can have a break!Ē and they werenít extremely happy about it. They were wondering if the fans would forget the band because we were planning to have a break for three years. They asked if it would be possible to release, you know, some kind of gift for the fans to show the people that we are not splitting up, instead, we are just having a break. We agreed that letís do it if it is something really special. We had some demands like it had to be very good packaging, there has to be very good music in it, and also the price has to be close to mid-price. I believe that worked in Finland, I donít know what the price will be in Canada, but the price here in Finland is much cheaper than you'd pay normally at the store. Also, a very important thing was during the touring and promoting for the Infinite album we talked to a lot of fans and also we got a lot of e-mail from the fans and they were like, well they were horrified, ďOh, you guys are gonna split up!Ē, ďThree years? Thatís too long!Ē and stuff like that. So, we tried to figure out how to calm these people down and we also agreed that this is a good thing to do, this kind of Intermission album. I think the name says it all, you know, a short break.


Were there any other songs that you left off of Intermission such as other B-Sides or unreleased tracks that didnít make the cut?

I think not. I think thatís about it, I mean, the first two songs are completely new. Timo composed them last September or something so we recorded the basic tracks last November and I also sang those songs at the end of November in Finland. Then, actually, the third song ďCurtains Are FallingĒ, that was supposed to be on Infinite, but we were running out of time in the studio so I couldnít do the whole collection and actually had the lyrics for the song. So, you could call it a leftover, but then again, it had never been recorded before.


About the cover art, Derek Riggs, a well known artist, did the artwork for the album cover. I was wondering, was he given free reign on the design or did you give him ideas for what you wanted to see. I guess the reason I ask is because I notice things in the album covers from your past album covers (TK: Thatís right..), such as you have the Infinity symbol with the dolphins, you have the Stonehenge-looking structure from Episode, and so on and so on, right?

Wow, man, youíve learned your lesson! (laughs) Thatís right. Thereís some clips from our past and, probably, this album ends one chapter of Stratovarius in a way, there now will be the second part of Stratovarius. Like hopefully, there will be eight more albums to come. But, actually, I didnít have much to do with the actual cover artwork. I think it was up to Jorg Michael and Derek Riggs to decide how it actually looks. But, I was satisfied, I mean, I was surprised too see the cover art but I think it looks brilliant. And I agree on the fact that Derek Riggs is the man, you know, he is a brilliant painter.


You already mentioned that the new songs that were on this, the only one of the new songs that was previously recorded or worked on, I guess, was ďCurtains Are FallingĒ. The other two are the first two and I guess ďRequiemĒ is also a new one that was recorded just for this Intermission package.

Yeah, the first two were, yeah.

Ok. Another thing I wanted to ask about Intermission was that I noticed on your website there is a limited edition of this available that you can order just from Can you tell me what is different about this version compared to the one you buy in the store?

Yeah, well, thereís a couple of differences like first of all, the packaging is totally different. If you buy a normal Intermission version from the store itís like, it has the little tint on it. Itís a dark-blueish color even though it's plastic. But, in this special edition, itís like we call it a jewel case, double the size of a normal CD, and it is more like a book in a way when you open it. Then, thereís another extra mini-cd and then thereís two demo songs with very funny and stupid lyrics (laughs) on the songs. Also, it is a limited to 2000 copies worldwide and this is one of the things that we wanted to have the possibility to release this ONLY through our webpage and it was nice to know our record label agreed on that one. It is also kind of a reward for the people who are checking out our home page every now and then because, at least, even here in Finland, it is much more expensive for us to make this special case then but when we are selling it out it is even cheaper then a normal version at the store so we are not making any money out of this special edition but it is only meant for our hardcore fans who are checking out our home page every now and then. Thatís like the special gift for those people.

So you havenít sold all 2000 yet, I guess?

I think there is a couple hundred left. We ordered two thousand and I think, last week, it was already around a thousand so I will say we probably will be sold out by the end of next week, anyway.


The next topic that I want to talk about is the break that you are taking. As you mentioned, the next album, or the break, is until 2003. So for some bands, their absence is normal, some bands even take a 3-4 year break in between albums. With that in mind, do you think that the people who are worried about your down-time are just being paranoid?

Probably, itís that, our fans, they are used to getting a new Stratovarius album every year. We almost did that, you know, sometimes the break, well not the break, but the time difference between two studio albums was maybe close to 1 and a half years. But, we always work very hard and we try to release an album after weíve got some new songs and then we were touring for maybe 4 months for the Infinite album, so weíve been working for basically 7 years on the road and in the studio and thatís kindíve hard work. And like you said, I agree that for some bands, like Metallica, they had even maybe a 4 year break but they probably 100-times bigger band than us and are selling much-much more. Their tours are also longer, so its more understandable. But, if you think of the bands that are on the same level as we are, not so big, but alright-selling bands itís not so normal to have a break, especially when the band is selling more albums by albums this is like commercial suicide to have a break. But, then again, we never got into making music or starting making music for the money and thatís the way it should be. At the end of last year, we were very tired about the touring. Especially me, you know, because I burned my hand at a festival, and we had to reschedule our South American tour, which ended up to be like Hell for us to tour because we had 21 days on that tour and 21 flights so we could sleep much and we were kind of tired already. But thank God, the shows were very good, you know, the fans were very great and stuff like that. Already, even though before, we agreed to have a break, but that was the final thing were we decided that it was better to have a break now instead of completely burning out, you know.


So has rigorous schedule of recording and then followed by touring ever made it feel like a job as opposed to fun?

Give 'er!HmmÖnot since the end of last year. I have to admit a couple of the shows last December made me very worried because I had to find the energy to go onstage, I had never had that feeling before never, ever. But, that only showed us that now it is time to have a break. So actually, we were very happen to get this break. But, it was funny, you know, after 2 months of just staying at home and doing nothing, really, related to Stratovarius things, we really felt that, ďFuck, we have to do some festivals!Ē even though we had decided to not do any shows. But, then we slept a little bit, you know. So, then we decided ďOk, thatís it. We will do a couple of festivals but that's it, no normal Stratovarius shows.Ē We wonít do any promo tours or normal tours for the Intermission album, only a couple of the festivals.


During your time off, I know you will be working on a solo album. Iíd like to talk a little bit about that beginning with who is confirmed to be playing on the album with you?

Well, all the players are basically confirmed. I donít know if you checked out our homepage but, like 3 or 4 weeks ago there was a list of players. But of course I can tell you the names on the phone as well. Starting with the drummers...thereís a good friend of mine called Mirka Rantanen, he plays drums in a band called TunnelVision, I mean, they are not popular yet but they are Progressive Metal. The other drummer, his name is Gas, he plays drums in his band called Him. Then, the basslines, are, all the basslines are actually played by our guy from Stratovarius - Jari Kainulainen. Then I got two young keyboard players, Janne Warman from Children of Bodom, the other is Mikko Harkin from Sonata Arctica. Then, at the moment, I got 4 guitar players. A friend of mine called Sami Virtanen will play all the guitars on the demo tapes and maybe 3-4 songs on the album and then theres Mike Romeo from Symphony-X, Roland Grapow from Helloween and Arjen Lucassen from the Ayreon project. I was singing on his album and now it's his turn to suffer (laughs). So that's the plan. I think this is the line-up. Iím not really searching for any additional players. I have somebody in mind, but nothing is confirmed. But those players are great so Iím very happy to be able to get those guys to work with me.


So how many of the songs have been written so far?

Musically, I got ready something like 13-15 but all the lyrics I have to write and thatís going to be hard work because the album will be a concept album so all the songs will be related somehow together and also to the theme of the album. But, I canít tell you the theme of the album yet because thatís still secret, you know. (laughs)


How would you say the music compares to Stratovarius?

Of course, you can hear some Stratovarius influences because it's my voice. When a singer is doing a solo, itís a very strong instrument, and you can only change the pitch, the tone or the voice so much. So, I can tell you exactly after mixing the album how it will be, but even then, Iím not the right person to say what kind of music it is. But, now it seems to me, it will be some kind of combination between let's say Stratovarius, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, a little bit of Queensryche and maybe even Judas Priest. So, basically, Iím going a little bit back to my roots, to the 80s but also combining some sounds from the 90s and even from the 2000s. Itís going to melodic, a little bit heavier, maybe a little bit slower...let's see.


Do you have any release dates set in mind for when you would like to have this released, and also, will it be released on Nuclear Blast?

Actually, at the moment I am negotiating about the record deal and Iím going to have a meeting with one record label next week. I sent a 3-song demo to my manager and he's taking care of the dealings because I think I donít want to spend my time talking to the record labels on the phone because that's not something that really interests me. I try to concentrate on the music. But, I will start the recordings anyway with whatever label and that will happen in July 23rd with the basic tracks of the guitars, bass, and drums. So, during the Autumn I will record everything and mix the album. And, probably, I would guess it will be released by the end of January or February 2002.


Will you do any touring at all for this or have you decided yet?

Oh, I havenít decided yet but probably I probably won't do 2 months on the road touring somebody whoís supporting somebody, whoís supporting somebody, and whoís supporting somebody. (laughs) But, it might be possible that I will do SOME shows but it all depends if the album sells. But, if itís a total flop, then I probably wonít do any shows. But, Iím willing to do some festivals so letís see.


I wanna talk a little bit about the lyrics that you write. Iíve been a fan of Stratovarius for a number of years, but its only been basically, I guess, in the past year or so, that Iíve actually, really, read the lyrics and took the time to see what its all about. Doing so has actually made me have even more respect for the band (TK: oh wow) because listening to music, you get a feeling for the music, obviously, but when you read the lyrics and realize there is a positive message and itís not the typical "doom and gloom," I donít know, for me, itís something special. So can you tell me what inspires you in your life to write these kinds of songs?

Itís nice to see that you have noticed the difference. Actually, there was a television program yesterday on Finnish television, on that program was my recorded interview, and then there was someone else who was playing in a metal band in Finland who was commenting on what I said and he said that it was on the last album that we started writing about different things than Kings and dragons and I was like ďAHHHHHHHHHH, you fucker! You never listened to our albums!Ē But, I donít know, Iím not so much interested in those stories and things like that. Somehow when I joined the band it was already obvious that we are writing lyrics about our normal lives and the problems that we have and combine those lyrics with our music because somehow it fits in our band because there are plenty of bands who are writing about dragons and stuff like that and itís their job. I think that itís better that there are some bands that are writing about, of course some people might say we are writing about boring subjects but, I mean, life is a very interesting thing, so sometimes it goes alright and sometimes not so well, and sometimes you have to express yourself with the lyrics. Of course, it is very rewarding to us to hear someone go up to us, and we get a lot of e-mail of people coming to us and saying that our music and lyrics helped them through some bad times in life and thatís a very big compliment.

I always find that if you come home from work or you are just frustrated I always put on Stratovarius and give it 2 or 3 songs and itís like ďAh, everythingís ok!Ē (laughs)

(laughs) Oh, thatís cool, it's nice to hear!


Yeah, that definitely makes you feel more happier or uplifted unlike some of the other stuff I listen to which is more angry I guess (laughs). So what kind of topics do you relate to, or what kind of topics do you not relate to?

 Well, basically the songs are about normal life and what we've seen, because we've been touring quite a lot and we see what is better in some other countries compared to Finland or what sucks in Finland and is better in other countries. And, basically, even though it sounds a little bit clichť, but itís true that all the people, we are all the same. I guess that depends on how your parents raised you up, and depends on what kind of environment you had when you were young. That forms you, and your way of thinking. Also, very important, now that I look through my window, and I see a very nice park, one of the main subjects actually in our case is nature because I am very thankful that we still have pure clean nature here in Finland but when we go to other big cities like for example Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Osauka or some of those places...even though I am very close to the center in Helsinki, this is still 20 minutes by transit from the very center, but still, the air is breathable, but that, you know, makes me very worried about the situation on Earth.


I guess the song Infinity, on your DVD (Infinite Visions), you have the pictures of the beauty of the world with images of nature then you have the pictures of the shipping yards and killing fields and all the negative things that we see.

Probably, it was kind of a risk because when we played these songs live on the last tour we had the projections so their was video filmed Infinity and what was the other one? Mother Gaia, I guess. So, we had two videos filmed for these two songs. In a way it was kind of a risk to play for example Infinity in Germany because they had those pictures of Adolf Hitler, you know, the Jews, the murders and stuff like that. We just wanted to wake the people up, I mean, we are not saying that you should do this and this and this, instead, we are trying to wake the people up so that they would try to start thinking for themselves if this is right or wrong and about what they should do with their lives! We are not priests or anything like that, we are just trying to get a conversation about the Earth and what is going on.


I guess thatís a big part of the message on the Infinite album. Even the album cover, kind of reflects the two sides of our world.

Yeah, exactly. Exactly.


I want to mention one other thing about the Infinite album and that is the song ďHunting High and LowĒ which is perhaps one of your most popular songs right now. Can you tell me what the song is about and how it is reflected in the video? For example, in the video, there is a part where the guy in the businessman looking outfit gives his cell phone and then his car to two street bums.

Well, something about the video, when we were working with this director, his way of working was basically I sent him the lyrics and sent him the tape of the music and then, very often (he's not a dictator but he's doing his job) we would go there and we were performing and he was shooting the band maybe 15 to 20 times. Then he would say, ďOk, next week I will shoot something else.Ē And you never know before what he is going to shoot, so basically I didnít know before I went to see the final cut what I was supposed to see but I am very happy because itís a little bit of a different video compared to other metal bands where they have these nice horses and swords and kings and DRAGONS!!!....and we have this Nokia business guy. (Laughs) It is a very nice thing on the video, like you said, he is probably finding himself at the end that he is throwing away all the connections to modern society. Like you are on a leash to your boss and you have to do everything and you are very stressed. Sometimes here in Finland, you know, itís that your handi-phone is ringing every 5 minutes, especially mine, but now it's off, but normally (laughs). Sometimes, I would like to do like this guy and throw my handi(phone) away and be un-reachable. Thatíd be cool. But, unfortunately, very often especially, when I am supposed to do some interviews. I have to be reachable. (laughs)


I am Hunting High And Low!!!!!!


Ok, on a different subject: about the metal scene in Finland. The past couple of years, from my prospective, anyway, it seems the scene is very happening in terms of melodic metal. With bands besides Stratovarius like: Nightwish, Sonata Arctica and Children of Bodom have all gained international recognition. I was wondering what your opinion is on the scene there?

Itís very good, like you said. Thereís a lot of new, young bands coming up. I always said, even like 3 or 4 years before I knew about these new bands and they were probably just rehearsing somewhere in Finland in their rehearsal room and nobody knew about them, but I already knew that the musicianship in Finland is very, very good. All the players are rehearsing a hell of a lot, maybe not me (laughs) but all the normal guys are rehearsing like hell. It used to be very difficult to get the connection to get the bands to export the music from Finland, but now the Finnish labels have some connections and the Finish bands they have some German or foreign labels. So now things are running and it's very nice that whenever, for example when I'm giving interviews, especially in Europe like Germany, France, Italy, they are always talking about the Finish metal scene. It is also true that a lot of German metal labels are searching for....if they are searching for metal is has to be good because they have the idea that if it comes from Finland and the band is playing metal, it has to be good. It was completely different 10 years ago. Nobody wanted to have a Finnish band because they suck already, you know? But, now it is totally different and I am very happy that we have those young bands.


Do you find that the bands that are from Finland are embraced outside of your home country before local audiences accept them?

Hmmm...that was the case, at least with us. We were already touring a couple of European tours and we didnít get any media attention in Finland before somehow they found out that ďOk, this band is selling some albums in Japan and theyíve been touring in Japan like three times already!Ē then, somehow, especially when Jorg and Jens joined the band, we convinced the media in Finland that this band might be good and might be ok. But, they are still like, I mean, not the journalists, but there are still some other people who donít believe in the band and they donít like our music. Which is totally different if I give interviews to (for example) you or to some other people in other countries. Itís totally different. I donít know. It must be this famous Finnish envy that happens, you know. That if someone is successful, then you have to find something bad about him or about the band, which is a pity, because we Finish people we envy a lot, we probably even envy our own penises, you know? (laughs) Which is stupid.


Have there been any other new acts coming up that you think could be the next big thing or do you even have the time to stay atop what is happening in your local scene?

Well, you know, Iím not that interested in checking new bands out because I donít have the time. Especially now that I have to compose my own material. But every now and then if some og my friends are recommending, you know, ďLetís go see this band! They might be good.Ē So I might go to some clubs. Basically, thereís only 2 good clubs here in Helsinki where metal bands are maybe I go and check them out. I think there is this new band you may have heard about called Sinergy? (MR: Yes) I gave a couple of singing lessons for Kimberly. She has really developed herself and now she is a much better singer than she was 2 years ago. I saw the band playing live at Travastia Club. The players in the band are excellent. Both guitar players are very good. One is, of course, Alexi from Children of Bodom and the other one is Roope Latvala and he's also very good. Also, the bassist (Marco Hietala) is one of the best metal singers in Finland but he never got anywhere with his normal band so he is just playing bass and doing backup vocals for Sinergy.


Something I want to mention is something about your early history. A question about your past basically. I was wondering what you were doing before joining Stratovarius, and are there any recordings out there that fans can track down?

Actually, I was studying vocals and music maybe four years before I joined the band. Before that, I had my local band because I was living 400 kilometers North of Helsinki before I came here to study music. So, we did like one self-financed single, which is very rare, of course it sucks completely, but thatís history. And, believe it or not, the name of the band was Filthy Asses.

Yes, Iíve Read That. (laughs)

Very nice name isnít it? (laughs)

yeah (laughs)

I guess, if I remember, our bass player, he came up with this nice name because he told me he got it, believe it or not, from porn magazines. One was called "Filthy!" and the other was called "Asses" then of course, he didnít speak any English, so he was like ďohhhhh this is a great name, let's pick that one!!!!Ē This was of course before I joined the band. I tried to change the name of the band for a couple of years but then I gave up. The music, I guess, was a little bit heavier than Stratovarius. I guess if you combine sometimes like the vocal lines were very high like King Diamond style. But we were so young that we couldn't play so well. But, it's always nice when I go back to my hometown and all the guys are there. It would be nice to play together. I think the last time we played together was maybe 3 or 4 years ago. Nothing important, so basically Stratovarius is the only bigger band Iíve been in.


Timo Tolkki


When you first hooked up with Stratovarius, can you recall what your first jam or try out was like with them?

Yeah, I went straight to the studios because at the time the guys were recording the Fourth Dimension album and they were searching for singer. When Timo visited my apartment he agreed, actually he said there when he heard my demo ďOk, you're in!Ē and I said ďDonít say that yet, letís test me out first.Ē We decided that I should sing a couple songs from the Dreamspace album and then I went into the studio and was singing a couple of songs and I saw the smile on the faces of the other guys then we went to the club and drank a couple of beers and they said I was in. That was basically it. Now that I think of it, I feel, believe it or not, it was my destiny to be in this band because at the time there was no other band in Finland that was playing this kind of power metal or whatever kind of melodic metal and probably I was the only singer at that time who was singing in this style. Now, of course there is some more but back then this kind of music it wasnít so popular because grunge was in - this was í94.


So, before you tried out for the band and sent them your demo or whatever, I assume you had heard of them. So, what was your opinion of them before you met them?

Fright Night -1989-


Released 1989
Recorded at Finnvox Studios
Produced by: Stratovarius
Engineered by: Make TŲrrŲnen
Cover by: Patrick Woodroffe
Logo by: Susanne Nokelainen
Layout by: Basic's Team Oy

A friend of mine, back in my home town, he bought the first album Fright Night because of a very nice cover, he didnít know what the music was like. Then, he told me ďThis band sounds like Helloween!Ē and I went to his place. He was my neighbor at the time. I was listening to it and I remember saying to the guy ďWell, you know, the music is good but the singer isnít so good.Ē And actually this is the truth, you know, because I approached the band 2 years later which was maybe 91 but at the time I wasnít a very good singer. I didnít rehearse enough. And their old drummer phoned me because I had this advertisement in a magazine saying that I was searching for a melodic metal band from Helsinki because I knew that sometime I'd have to move there because all the players were there.


Did you take formal singing lessons or did you just practice on your own to develop your voice?

I did take some lessons. At first I was of course singing with some local bands. I think I started to take some singing lessons in '92 I guess. In '92, and that was just a small music school in the middle of nowhere. Then I applied for this big Rock, Pop and Jazz school in Helsinki and I got in. Then I was there one year, then I joined Stratovarius. Then I was one year more, then one year off, then one year more. I didnít actually study more except for I took singing lessons and of course a little pit of theory. I didnít have that much time for anything else and I was very, very lazy. I concentrated on the touring in Stratovarius at the time and I still do of course.


You mentioned that when you first heard the band you thought the vocals were not quite up to scratch with the music, so have you ever thought of going back and maybe re-doing a couple of the older songs and re-record the vocals on them?

We did re-record one song which was ďFuture ShockĒ and thatís from the first album. We re-recorded that one. Actually, we only re-recorded the vocal lines and mixed it again but everything, all the drums, the original things were there. I think that song is also some kind of bonus, once again for Japan, on some single maybe for Episode or the Visions album. We did that one, but nothing else.

I guess you prefer to leave the past in the past and move on I guess?

In a way, yeah. I mean, its important to make the first album but in my opinion the first album, it isnít really that good...there's not so good songs (in my opinion). The second one thereís a couple of alright songs, but I actually like the third one. I think Timo was singing a lot better and all the songs are composed better, and the band is playing better. The overall sound is much better on that album. So I think Dreamspace, that's a good album.

Jari and Jens

Well, thatís all the questions I had for you. I just wanted to know if there was any other comments or any messages you would like for me to pass on to my readers, or any news items that I never mentioned?

Sure, I mean, we would love to come play there as well. Weíve been getting some offers to play in Canada as well, but so far, it hasnít been possible to do it because weíve been touring in Europe and places like that but I hope that we can come there to promote the next studio album, so if we are lucky we will be able to see you in the year 2003 maybe in the Autumn or something. That would be great because actually, to be honest, I have some relatives in Canada that have the same last name as me but Iíve never seen the guys there, but that would probably be a surprise. I donít know if it would be a pleasant surprise or what, seeing a guy like me come to your door and saying ďHi! Iím your little cousin or whatever.Ē That would be great. But anyway, I mean, it would be great to come there because I also know there is a lot of Finnish hockey players there. To maybe put together some shows and then go to see some hockey and have fun...that would be great!


I usually ask the question to a lot of bands who I interview who are from Europe, you know, are you ever going to play here because a lot of European bands donít find their way over here because of restraints of people not offering them the right kind of package or deal. Itís not worth their while to come over here, unfortunately.

Well, I mean, the problem is the flight expenses. Itís a helluva lot expensive to come there. Probably for one person its close to 1000 bucks to fly over. But, of course, there is 5 members in the band and we need 4 guys in the crew, at least, to be able to perform. We donít build up our drums by ourselves, not anymore. I mean, we can still do it but it just takes too much energy and you are so tired during the show time. But like I said, we've been getting some offers and we've been thinking about it but probably it was because of my accident (burned hand) or something like that that we had to cancel that and re-book the South America tour. It's kind of a lot easier to combine a South American tour and then to play the States and Canada as well...all together as a whole package. That makes much more sense. I donít know if you have any festivals over there, but I think we would need some bigger bands to support us. That way, there would be some people. If we play somewhere alone, there might be 10 hardcore fans but no one else, I donít know.


Yeah, its hard to say because not many of those types of bands come over to find out if there will be 10 people or 1000 people.

Yeah, exactly.

It would be nice to find out some day. (laughs)


Hails To Those Who Made This Possible

  • Hails to Craig (AKA Demon of the Fall) for providing the transcription for this lengthy interview. Thank you man!!!

  • Thanks to Jill and Nuclear Blast for giving me the opportunity to talk to someone from one of my favorite bands!!!!

  • Thanks to my alarm clock for waking me up on time to interview Timo.

  • Thanks to Stratovarius for creating meaningful, moving, inspiring, uplifting, god-like melodic power metal!! I hope your respective solo albums are out soon so we can get back to another masterpiece in 2003 (or sooner huh?)!!!!

  • Thanks to you, the readers, for reading my ramblings...I'll stop now.

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