- André Matos - vocals
- Timo Tolkki - guitars
- Jari Kainulainen - bass
- Mikko Härkin - keyboards
SYMFONIA was a short-lived symphonic power metal supergroup formed in 2010 by Andre Matos (vocals), Timo Tolkki (guitars), Jari Kainulainen (bass), Mikko Härkin (keyboards) and Uli Kusch (drums).
By sheer coincidence, they all found themselves living on the same continent, in Scandinavia. They decided to join forces and express their talents in the form of a new melodic metal project: SYMFONIA.
On February 18 of 2011, the band made its debut performance at Finnish Metal Expo. The band released its only album “In Paradisum“ in March 2011.
In Paradisum / 2011
1. Fields Of Avalon
2. Come By The Hills
6. Pilgrim Road
7. In Paradisum
8. Rhapsody In Black
9. I Walk In Neon
10. Don’t Let Me Go
“In Paradisum” is the debut and only album by multinational power metal band SYMFONIA, released on March 25, 2011 in Japan and April 1, 2011 in Europe. In paradisum (English: “Into paradise”) is an antiphon from the traditional Latin liturgy of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass.
The album was written by vocalist André Matos and guitarist Timo Tolkki, with the former focusing on lyrics and the latter focusing on the music, and both having some input on each other’s parts.
The drums were recorded in two days by Uli Kusch in a separate studio, with the guitars, bass and keyboards being recorded in Helsinki. Work on vocals started on the first day of 2011 in a cabin on top of a mountain where Matos and Tolkki kept isolated with no internet or telephone.
Regarding the music of the album, Matos said:
[…] one thing that I always said on interviews […], was the following: ‘Symfonia is not supposed to be a band or a project that was meant to reinvent the style […]. What we wanted was to get all those famous musicians together who somehow had their highlights in this specific musical field and see what comes out of it. See when those people are together, and if they deliver their best, what kind of power metal comes out of it.’ So this was the proposal of the album, and we never denied it. So if someone came with some criticism like, ‘But it’s more of the same, and it brings nothing new. It just sounds like Stratovarius and Angra.’ Well, that’s exactly what we wanted.
“In Paradisum” was mixed in Italy.
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