Duo and Strato gigs

Hello there,

It´s been awhile icon smile  Duo and Strato gigs Anyways here is a short update.

Jani and I will do some duo gigs this spring (see GIGS). We also have confirmed a couple of Stratovarius festivals but will mainly concentrate on song writing. More about Strato check out www.stratovarius.com

It’s been great to see all of you during the gigs last year, looking forward to seeing you again!

Rock the Metaaaaaallll!!!!!

Timo

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Nemesis released!!!

The new Stratovarius album – Nemesis was released Feb 22nd!

The reviews all over the world have been awesome and right now I am looking forward to touring with Stratovarius. The first gig will be at Tavastia klubi, Helsinki March 8th followed by shows in Russia and full european tour.

I will still do a couple of acoustic shows with Jani but then our duo will take a well deserved break as Strato gets active. Thanks a lot for all the people who have been attending our duo shows and welcome to check Stratovarius live!!!

Rock the Metal!

Timo

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Blackoustic straight to number 13!

Blackoustic suoraan Suomen virallisen listan sijalle 13!!!
Loistavaa! Suurkiitos teille kaikille mahtaville ihmisille, jotka ostitte levyn ja tuette tämän mystisen dynaamisen duon kummallista matkaa halki Suomen! icon smile  Blackoustic straight to number 13!

Blackoustic straight to number 13. on the official Finnish charts!!! Brilliant!!! Thanks to all of you wonderful people who bought the album and supported our mystical dynamic duo´s strange journey through Finland! icon smile  Blackoustic straight to number 13!

Rock the Blackoustic!

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Sound Clips online

RecordshopX now has some sound clips online, in case you’re interested icon smile  Sound Clips online Didn’t work with Chrome last time we checked, but at least Firefox seems to work.

http://www.recordshopx.com/artist/kotipelto/blackoustic/#cd-t-shirt

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Pre-order Blackoustic!

Pre-order the “Blackoustic” CD + T-shirt now from Record Shop X:

http://www.recordshopx.com/artist/kotipelto/blackoustic/#cd-t-shirt

Ennakkotilaa “Blackoustic” CD + T-paita Levykauppa Äx:stä nyt:

http://www.levykauppax.fi/artist/kotipelto/blackoustic/#cd-t-paita

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Kotipelto & Liimatainen: Blackoustic

Kotipelto & Liimatainen: Blackoustic

Stratovarius´ frontman Timo Kotipelto together with Jani Liimatainen (ex Sonata Arctica) on October 19th, 2012

earMUSIC, (Hamburg based international rock label part of Edel Group), is proud to announce the release of “Blackoustic”, the first ever acoustic album by Stratovarius´s frontman and solo artist Timo Kotipelto, joining forces with Jani Liimatainen (formerly of Sonata Arctica).

The duo has been working together and playing acoustic shows for a while, the idea of recording an acoustic album together came from the fans, and so “Blackoustic” will see the light of day on October 19th, 2012, as Kotipelto explains:

“The fans were recording our shows with their cell phones and the´ve been telling us that we should make an album, so they could have better quality recordings of the songs to listen at home. At first we were just joking about it, but after a while we thought ‘Why not?  As far as we know, not many people have done it before, at least not within the heavier music genre. Our initial idea was to make a self-financed album with a relatively small pressing and then just maybe sell them at our shows”.

But instead of making it a “fan-club release” the duo has opted to work with the label earMUSIC/Edel, which also releases Stratovarius´s work since the album “Polaris”.

Most of the songs were chosen from the duo’s live set-list, including familiar Stratovarius covers like “Black Diamond” and “Hunting High and Low”, but also songs like “Serenity” and “Sleep Well” from Kotipelto’s solo albums have been given the new acoustic treatment; proving that behind great heavy metal song, there’s very often a stunning melody “screaming” to come out. Furthermore, the album includes beautiful cover versions of Pete Townshend’s “Behind Blue Eyes” and Deep Purple´s classic “Perfect Strangers”.

Blackoustic” also features a brand new composition: “Where My Rainbow Ends”, written by Jani Liimatainen, who says: “I remembered a song I wrote last winter. Originally it was an instrumental track, but after listening back to it I thought that the melody would work very well with vocals. We re-arranged the song into our acoustic format and – as a slave of habit – I wrote the lyrics for it the night before our last day of recording. It turned out surprisingly beautiful and delicate”.

“Jani’s new song is a beautiful ballad” – adds Kotipelto –  “We have quite a few ballads on this album, as even the more rock oriented songs tend to sound more ballad-esque when performed by a duo”.

“Blackoustic” was recorded at Kotipelto‘s cottage at Lappajärvi and mixed and mastered by the Stratovarius guitarist / studio wizard Matias Kupiainen.

The duo will also hit the road in Finland in support of the album, although the first show will be at sea, performing at the Radio Rock-cruise on the m/s Baltic Princess next weekend.

Tourdates:

8.9. m/s Baltic Princess, Radio Rock -risteily

15.9. Pori, Amarillo

19.10. Nokia, Bar Pinta

10.11. Kaarina, Old Texas

17.11. Parikka, Parikkalan asema

23.11. Tampere, Amarillo Ilves

Tracklist:

01. Sleep Well

02. Out In The Fields

03. Black Diamond

04. My Selene

05. Behind Blue Eyes

06. Hunting High And Low

07. Where My Rainbow Ends

08. Speed of Light

09. Perfect Strangers

10. Coming Home

11. Serenity

12. Rainbow Eyes

13. Karjalan Kunnailla

https://www.facebook.com/officialkotipelto

www.ear-music.net

www.youtube.com/earmusicofficial

www.facebook.com/earmusicofficial

FINNISH:

Timo Kotipelto julkaisee uransa ensimmäisen akustisen duo-levyn:

KOTIPELTO & LIIMATAINEN: BLACKOUSTIC -ALBUMI JULKAISTAAN 19.10.12

Stratovariuksesta ja soolourastaan tunnettu Timo Kotipelto julkaisee uransa ensimmäisen duo-levyn kitaristi Jani Liimataisen (ex-Sonata Arctica) kanssa. Kaksikkoa on nähty akustisilla keikoilla ja levyjulkaisuidea lähtikin keikoilla käyneiden fanien toiveesta. “Blackoustic” albumi julkaistaan 19.10.12.

“Fanit haluaisivat kuunnella kotona meidän akkaribiisejä paremmilla soundeilla kuin omilla kännyköillä keikoilla äänitettynä. Aluksi asiaa heiteltiin toisillemme läpällä, mutta sitten ajattelimme, että miksikäs ei? Sitä ei kovin moni duo käsittääkseni tässä maassa, ainakaan heavypuolella, ole tehnyt. Oli tarkoitus tehdä vaan omakustanteena pieni erä levyjä, joita sitten voisi ehkä myydä keikan jälkeen niitä haluaville”, summaa ideaa Kotipelto.

Omakustanteen sijaan levyn julkaisee Stratovariuksenkin viime levyt julkaissut saksalainen levy-yhtiö Edel. Biisit levylle valikoituivat Kotipellon ja Liimataisen duo-keikoilta. Mukana on tuttuja Stratovarius-covereita mm. “Black Diamond” ja “Hunting High and Low”, mutta myös Timo soolouran biisit kuten “Serenity” ja “Sleep Well” ovat saaneet uudet, akustiset sovitukset. Mukana on lisäksi yksi uusi kappale “Where My Rainbow Ends”, joka on Jani Liimataisen käsialaa.

“Muistin biisin, jonka olin säveltänyt viime talvena. Se oli alunperin sävelletty instrumentaaliksi, mutta kuunneltani sen, totesin, että melodia toimisi laulettunakin. Biisi sovitettiin akustiseen muotoon ja tavoilleni uskollisena kirjoitin siihen lyriikat viimeistä äänityspäivää edeltävänä iltana. Lopputulos on yllättävän kaunis ja herkkä”, toteaa Liimatainen.

Kotipelto kertoo kappaleesta: “Janin uusi biisi on hieno balladi. Balladeitahan on tällä levyllä aika paljon, koska rokkibiisitkin duolle sovitettuina tuppaavat saamaan balladisävyn.”

Blackoustic-albumi on äänitetty Kotipellon mökillä Lappajärvellä ja sen on miksannut Stratovariuksen kitaristinakin tunnettu Matias Kupiainen.

Kaksikko lähtee albumin myötä myös tien päälle. Ensimmäinen veto on tosin vetten päällä, sillä duo esiintyy tulevana viikonloppuna loppuunmyydyllä Radio Rock -risteilyllä m/s Baltic Princess -laivalla.

Biisilista:
01. Sleep Well
02. Out in the Fields
03. Black Diamond
04. My Selene
05. Behind Blue Eyes
06. Hunting High and Low
07. Where My Rainbow Ends
08. Speed of Light
09. Perfect Strangers
10. Coming Home
11. Serenity
12. Rainbow Eyes
13. Karjalan Kunnailla

Keikat:
8.9. m/s Baltic Princess, Radio Rock -risteily
15.9. Pori, Amarillo
13.10. Veikkola, Ravintola Vesper
19.10. Nokia, Bar Pinta
20.10. Helsinki, On the Rocks
27.10. Kuopio, Henry’s Pub
10.11. Kaarina, Old Texas
17.11. Parikka, Parikkalan asema
23.11. Tampere, Amarillo Ilves
24.11. Hämeenlinna, Emilia
7.12. Vantaa, Old Story
21.12. Levi, Ihku

www.kotipelto.com

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialkotipelto

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Kotipelto & Liimatainen: Blackoustic

Stratovarius´ frontman Timo Kotipelto together with Jani Liimatainen (ex Sonata Arctica) on October 19th, 2012

earMUSIC, (Hamburg based international rock label part of Edel Group), is proud to announce the release of “Blackoustic”, the first ever acoustic album by Stratovarius´s frontman and solo artist Timo Kotipelto, joining forces with Jani Liimatainen (formerly of Sonata Arctica).

The duo has been working together and playing acoustic shows for a while, the idea of recording an acoustic album together came from the fans, and so “Blackoustic” will see the light of day on October 19th, 2012, as Kotipelto explains:

“The fans were recording our shows with their cell phones and the´ve been telling us that we should make an album, so they could have better quality recordings of the songs to listen at home. At first we were just joking about it, but after a while we thought ‘Why not?  As far as we know, not many people have done it before, at least not within the heavier music genre. Our initial idea was to make a self-financed album with a relatively small pressing and then just maybe sell them at our shows”.

But instead of making it a “fan-club release” the duo has opted to work with the label earMUSIC/Edel, which also releases Stratovarius´s work since the album “Polaris”.

Most of the songs were chosen from the duo’s live set-list, including familiar Stratovarius covers like “Black Diamond” and “Hunting High and Low”, but also songs like “Serenity” and “Sleep Well” from Kotipelto’s solo albums have been given the new acoustic treatment; proving that behind great heavy metal song, there’s very often a stunning melody “screaming” to come out. Furthermore, the album includes beautiful cover versions of Pete Townshend’s “Behind Blue Eyes” and Deep Purple´s classic “Perfect Strangers”.

Blackoustic” also features a brand new composition: “Where My Rainbow Ends”, written by Jani Liimatainen, who says: “I remembered a song I wrote last winter. Originally it was an instrumental track, but after listening back to it I thought that the melody would work very well with vocals. We re-arranged the song into our acoustic format and – as a slave of habit – I wrote the lyrics for it the night before our last day of recording. It turned out surprisingly beautiful and delicate”.

“Jani’s new song is a beautiful ballad” – adds Kotipelto –  “We have quite a few ballads on this album, as even the more rock oriented songs tend to sound more ballad-esque when performed by a duo”.

“Blackoustic” was recorded at Kotipelto‘s cottage at Lappajärvi and mixed and mastered by the Stratovarius guitarist / studio wizard Matias Kupiainen.

The duo will also hit the road in Finland in support of the album, although the first show will be at sea, performing at the Radio Rock-cruise on the m/s Baltic Princess next weekend.

Tourdates:

8.9. m/s Baltic Princess, Radio Rock -risteily

15.9. Pori, Amarillo

19.10. Nokia, Bar Pinta

10.11. Kaarina, Old Texas

17.11. Parikka, Parikkalan asema

23.11. Tampere, Amarillo Ilves

Tracklist:

01. Sleep Well

02. Out In The Fields

03. Black Diamond

04. My Selene

05. Behind Blue Eyes

06. Hunting High And Low

07. Where My Rainbow Ends

08. Speed of Light

09. Perfect Strangers

10. Coming Home

11. Serenity

12. Rainbow Eyes

13. Karjalan Kunnailla

https://www.facebook.com/officialkotipelto

www.ear-music.net

www.youtube.com/earmusicofficial

www.facebook.com/earmusicofficial

FINNISH:

Timo Kotipelto julkaisee uransa ensimmäisen akustisen duo-levyn:

KOTIPELTO & LIIMATAINEN: BLACKOUSTIC -ALBUMI JULKAISTAAN 19.10.12

Stratovariuksesta ja soolourastaan tunnettu Timo Kotipelto julkaisee uransa ensimmäisen duo-levyn kitaristi Jani Liimataisen (ex-Sonata Arctica) kanssa. Kaksikkoa on nähty akustisilla keikoilla ja levyjulkaisuidea lähtikin keikoilla käyneiden fanien toiveesta. “Blackoustic” albumi julkaistaan 19.10.12.

“Fanit haluaisivat kuunnella kotona meidän akkaribiisejä paremmilla soundeilla kuin omilla kännyköillä keikoilla äänitettynä. Aluksi asiaa heiteltiin toisillemme läpällä, mutta sitten ajattelimme, että miksikäs ei? Sitä ei kovin moni duo käsittääkseni tässä maassa, ainakaan heavypuolella, ole tehnyt. Oli tarkoitus tehdä vaan omakustanteena pieni erä levyjä, joita sitten voisi ehkä myydä keikan jälkeen niitä haluaville”, summaa ideaa Kotipelto.

Omakustanteen sijaan levyn julkaisee Stratovariuksenkin viime levyt julkaissut saksalainen levy-yhtiö Edel. Biisit levylle valikoituivat Kotipellon ja Liimataisen duo-keikoilta. Mukana on tuttuja Stratovarius-covereita mm. “Black Diamond” ja “Hunting High and Low”, mutta myös Timo soolouran biisit kuten “Serenity” ja “Sleep Well” ovat saaneet uudet, akustiset sovitukset. Mukana on lisäksi yksi uusi kappale “Where My Rainbow Ends”, joka on Jani Liimataisen käsialaa.

“Muistin biisin, jonka olin säveltänyt viime talvena. Se oli alunperin sävelletty instrumentaaliksi, mutta kuunneltani sen, totesin, että melodia toimisi laulettunakin. Biisi sovitettiin akustiseen muotoon ja tavoilleni uskollisena kirjoitin siihen lyriikat viimeistä äänityspäivää edeltävänä iltana. Lopputulos on yllättävän kaunis ja herkkä”, toteaa Liimatainen.

Kotipelto kertoo kappaleesta: “Janin uusi biisi on hieno balladi. Balladeitahan on tällä levyllä aika paljon, koska rokkibiisitkin duolle sovitettuina tuppaavat saamaan balladisävyn.”

Blackoustic-albumi on äänitetty Kotipellon mökillä Lappajärvellä ja sen on miksannut Stratovariuksen kitaristinakin tunnettu Matias Kupiainen.

Kaksikko lähtee albumin myötä myös tien päälle. Ensimmäinen veto on tosin vetten päällä, sillä duo esiintyy tulevana viikonloppuna loppuunmyydyllä Radio Rock -risteilyllä m/s Baltic Princess -laivalla.

Biisilista:
01. Sleep Well
02. Out in the Fields
03. Black Diamond
04. My Selene
05. Behind Blue Eyes
06. Hunting High and Low
07. Where My Rainbow Ends
08. Speed of Light
09. Perfect Strangers
10. Coming Home
11. Serenity
12. Rainbow Eyes
13. Karjalan Kunnailla

Keikat:
8.9. m/s Baltic Princess, Radio Rock -risteily
15.9. Pori, Amarillo
13.10. Veikkola, Ravintola Vesper
19.10. Nokia, Bar Pinta
20.10. Helsinki, On the Rocks
27.10. Kuopio, Henry’s Pub
10.11. Kaarina, Old Texas
17.11. Parikka, Parikkalan asema
23.11. Tampere, Amarillo Ilves
24.11. Hämeenlinna, Emilia
7.12. Vantaa, Old Story
21.12. Levi, Ihku

www.kotipelto.com

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialkotipelto

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Hello there,

it’s been awhile since the last post. Lots of touring and some acoustic gigs as well.

Here is the update: While searching for the best drummer for Stratovarius I have been composing a couple of new songs and been doing some acoustic gigs with Jani. In the next months we will hopefully have the new guy for Strato and some of you can see him playing some summer festivals. I will also keep on doing those acoustic gigs and…

Jani and I have plans to record an acoustic album!!! The process will start in the next couple of months and the album should be out later this year. The idea came actually from the fans who have seen us playing live. “Why don’t you record an acoustic album so I could listen to these versions of the songs at home as well?” Hhmmm…”Great idea! Why not?”.

So here we are…also planning the next Strato album, touring etc…

Rock the acoustic album, Rock the new Strato drummer and of course…

Rock the Metal!

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Update: new acoustic gigs

I just added some new acoustic gigs with Jani Liimatainen. We will also do some festivals with Stratovarius. Check them out at: www.stratovarius.com.

Also you  are more than welcome to join my facebook: www.facebook.com/officialkotipelto

Rock the Metal!

Timo

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Latest from Koti-camp

Things are very busy in my life at the moment. The new Stratovarius album is being recorded and things are going very well. It is called “Elysium” and we will release it on January 12th 2011. But before that you’ll get an appetizer when we release the single “Darkest Hours” on November 26th.

stratovarius2010  Latest from Koti-camp

From Stratovarius.com:

A single with two new songs of “Elysium” will be released on 26 November this year, coinciding with the start date of the “7 sinners world tour” on which Stratovarius will join Helloween as very special guests – kicking off the same day in the Szene, Vienna.

The single also contains a demo track, and two unreleased live tracks recorded earlier this year on Stratovarius’ wildly successful 2009/2010 “Polaris” world tour.

The following tracks will be part of the single:

Darkest Hours (from the upcoming album “Elysium”)
Infernal Maze (from the upcoming album “Elysium”)
Darkest Hours (demo version)
Against the Wind (live recording, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Black Diamond (live recording, Göteborg, Sweden)

Preliminary tracklist of “Elysium”: (order of songs and working titles are subject to change)

Heavenly Divine
Infernal Maze
Elysium, part I, II and III
Civilization
Darkest Hours
Under Flaming Skies
No return
New Horizon
Move the Mountain
Castaway
(Japan Bonus Track)

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