Dec 25, 2010


Hey you all, greetings from the studio. I've been burning my fingers with the songs. I just noticed that I haven't been outside since 5 days. Been completely locked in the studio :) Didn't even notice that until I started to feel a bit weird. It's -20 Celsius outside and very windy.
I am experimenting with lots of different amps and equipment combinations as you can see from the pics.
It's been a lot fun recording these guitars alone here without any disturbance.
In the pics you can also see the glamorous rockstar bed in which I am sleeping every night. No sex, drugs but rock'n'roll yes :)

     Cheers, Timo

Dec 18, 2010


Started to record guitars today at Redhouse Studio in Helsinki.
The only thing that was missing was that I noticed I did not have an amplifier!
As it is a few hard to record anything without an amplifier and since I don't have
my ENGLs anymore, I was obviously facing a problem.

The studio owner and a fellow Beatles fan Esa Yli-Jaskari was and has been more than
helpful in everything. He arranged me the same amp I used for the recordings of the Destiny
album: Laney VH 100. It took 10 minute to get a great sound and I finished 4 songs already today.
There will be lot of guitars on this album so I think I will spend almost 2 weeks for the recordings (like with Trinity album).

It is the first time in my life I will be recording on the 24th of December and that feels...kind of liberating.
Everybody seem to think I'm sad because of "missing the XMas", but I could not be happier about how this record is turning out to be. The new guitar S7 feels wonderful and easy to play.

As always, I keep you updated how things are going and we have a little XMas present for you next week
on our web page so don't forget to check the page. Some band members are also discussing about various of topics in Symfonia Forum. Why not register, you won't be killed :) (It's moderated though).

After the guitars I will fly to Sweden to spend 2 weeks with Andre Matos recording vocals and guess what, I will miss the 31st as well :) So carry on, eh? :)

It's 3am in the morning in snowy Helsinki. Time to get some sleep. Over and out.

           Cheers, Timo

Dec 10, 2010

Bass Recordings Completed

Today Friday we just finished all the bass guitars for the entire album. Fixed a couple of things but
it's working really well. There is one song that is 11 minutes long on the album ( the title track) and Jari 
has a bass solo in that song. That was the thing we recorded last today.
I just took him to the airport for his flight home.
The studio where we recorded the bass will be used for our rehearsals for the show at Finnish
Metal Expo in February, we'll rehearse there for a week. Let's see what songs we will play but
I think I speak for everyone in the band when I say that the energy we feel for that show is already
a huge one. We have a plan to film and record that show so everyone will be able to see how Symfonia
sounds and looks like live.
The remaining things, guitars, keys, vocals and some extra stuff will be recorded in the next 4 weeks.
Andre Matos is writing melodies and lyrics in this very moment and one of these days I'll catch a plane to
Sweden to record the vocals.

So all well here, happy trails to everyone and thanks for your support already now.

    Cheers, Timo

End of day 2 Bass recordings

18 minutes past midnight, just finished for today. Jari "why do I have to follow the kick drum" Kainulainen has recorded bass for 8 songs already. We will finish the rest of the songs tomorrow. The sauna is on, now we get naked (me, Jari and Chopin's ghost who lives in this studio) and hit the sauna. Not literally.
Uli "Ali the one way pilot"Kusch just sent us a mail. He is fishing in Narvik (attach a picture he sent). He is going for the big one. Not just anyone.

           Lots of greetings, J & T

Dec 9, 2010

Bass recordings Day 2

Day two. We got a really killer bass sound. I don't ever remember getting so good bass sound
out of Jari before. The equipment is the same.
This studio really is a cool place and the recordings are going smoothly. Yesterday we were in
sauna and had a nice and long sleep and today have worked on more bass tracks. All going as planned.
We feel a bit weird for some reason because it is going so well. Attached find some pics, maybe this 
feeling is visible in the graphic format.

         Heatings,  J & T

PS.  I am more and more convinced that Jari "what's the next song"Kainulainen is an alien. -t

Dec 8, 2010

Greetings from the bass recordings

Arrived to Redhouse Studio in Helsinki couple of hours ago. Jari forgot his bass home and he is using a pizza shovel to play the tracks. They look the same to me.
I took some pics with iPhone and upon closer looking it's evident that Jari is an alien. He has six fingers.
This is a nice place, has sauna as well. We recorded bass for that demotape here too.

      Cheers, J & T

Dec 7, 2010

Recording Bass

Picking up my buddy Jari tomorrow evening at the Helsinki airport. Finnair is still on strike since a week.
We're gonna record his bass tracks, which in Strato usually took just a day or two. Let's see how it goes this time. The song material sounds very promising at this point. Andre is working on melodies and lyrics while we are doing the bass tracks.
We keep you posted, as usual, with this blog.


Dec 4, 2010

Drums finished, Jari's bass

Drum recordings finished with very nice results. Had a great time with Uli and Ronny of Saint Deamon who was helping in producing the drums and has a wonderful but sick sense of humor.
In fact, it turned out that also the studio owner is a drummer, so I was surrounded by three drummers!!
There was not much need to edit Uli's drums, they sound really good.
Now we are preparing for recording Jari's bass in Helsinki. Trying to get the first documentary "making
of" asap online about Uli's drumrecordings.


Nov 27, 2010

2nd Drumrecording Day

Greetings from the Studio Mega in Varberg Sweden. Here are some pics from the studio, its surroundings (this really IS in the middle of nowhere). Uli Kusch recorded drums for 5 songs in one day which I have never seen during my producer career. Amazingly powerful and precise drumtracks.
It's pretty cold still in here but everything is going really smoothly. We have a great drumsound and the studio is really great. The songs work and the atmosphere is really positive.

Cheers! -Timo

Nov 25, 2010



Arrived to a small village called Varberg in Sweden. The studio is really cool.
Setting up the drumkit and doing a soundcheck soon.
All nice here.  -T

The Beauty of travelling

Yes, just woke up, quick shower and taxi to the airport. it is ICY outside. Got 4 hours of sleep.
Nice. Short flight to Gotenburg in Sweden and then to record drums with Uli.
We'll send you updates from the studio.
Have a great day!  -Timo


Man, my flight leaves in 8 hours and I haven't packed and I still have to do a million things.
Well it's always the same.  -T

Latest News

We start recording our debut album on 25.11 at Studio Mega in Sweden.
We'll start with the drum tracks of Uli Kusch and we will record 12 songs altogether.

Also, we have signed a four album deal with the biggest
Japanese Metal&Rock label “Marquee Avalon”
for the territory of the entire Asian region, including China.
Negotiations with the other territories are still in progress.

Please check the brand new video interviews of Timo Tolkki
and Andre Matos in Multimedia section.
The remaining interviews with Uli Kusch, Mikko Härkin and Jari Kainulainen will be released on 1.12

The tentative release date for our yet-to-be-named debut album is 25.3.2011