Amazing album, indeed! I gave it some time for a listen and to let it grow in my head to appreciate it for all the details. Power
I think that it would not be right and would not even be fair to compare current line-up with the times when Timo Tolkki was there. To me, these are two different bands. They are both great in their own way and they both could achieve their own greatness. I have deep respect for Timo Tolkki and his music. He went through a lot of personal struggle and it always reflected in his music, as he fought his inner demons, tried to find himself, tried to recover from the past and find light in the future.
Timo Kotipelto, in his own turn, found strength and the courage to go on with the rest of the guys and Mattias without the shadow of the past and making their own music, letting it be unique and powerful.
Of course, I'm still hoping that Tolkki will get back to giving us some music in the future.