Probably the reason why he isnt in band/album is probably cuz its a new project not meant to replace stratovarius.
It is the only thing we need to know. I wanna see Tolkki here saying: "hey, don't worry!, this is just another project as Saana or Hymn to life."
But why he doesn't say it?
Because there's a contract? A conditional fine¿? I can't understand this situation. LaBrie, Kiske, etc, etc...they are all good singers, but wtf, Stratovarius voice = Kotipelto.
Sorry for Kotipelto, but I don't like to listen "Reasons" or "Sleep Well", etc. I want Tolkki's music with Kotipelto's voice, Jens keyboards, Jörg drums and Porra bassisting (well it's not very important for me the bassist).
I think we; the fans need more information about it. He can say all about that new band and nothing about stratovarius, this is the most depressing thing.