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4.5 out of 5

56 Ratings

Another Avantasia masterpiece!

King Grantavius III,

When I heard Tobias Sammet was putting together a sixth Avantasia album, I went nuts. I've been in love with this project since The Scarecrow in 2008, and I consider them to be one of my favorite bands along with Dio, Elvenking, Judas Priest, Symphony X, and Boston. As with each Avantasia album, there's a slew of musical talent to enjoy here, especially in the vocals: in addition to Sammet, Michael Kiske and Bob Catley return from previous albums and Joe Lynn Turner, Ronnie Atkins, Bill Byford, and Eric Martin are all lending their voices as well. And, like each of the previous albums, all of the tracks stand out, especially the longer ones. With the metal operas, Sammet took basically the same sound he had with Edguy and made it more epic with orchestral sounds and an army of vocalists. In the Scarecrow trilogy, Avantasia really came into its own with more layers and more delicate songwriting, and Sammet really experimented with gorgeous and haunting melodies. Here, much of the Scarecrow sound returns, but the writing is more complex on every level, which really demonstrates his maturity as a song writer. There are plenty of great singles, like "Spectres" and "Sleepwalking", but if you really appreciate good music like I do, you'd buy the whole album

Truly Great

SSG Bill,

Another work of Art from Tobias. I look forward to Avantasia the last few Edguy CD's have seemed flat to me, but Tobias's Avantasia work has been superb. This Cd is no different, excellent in every way. I just wish Jorn was on this one, as the rest.

About Avantasia

Tobias Sammet, lead singer of German power metal band Edguy, conceived Avantasia as a massive-scale rock opera featuring the cream of the power metal scene. He spent a year composing the material and recruited various vocalists to tell his story, including Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen, Stratovarius' Timo Tolkki, and Within Temptation's Sharon Den Adel. The backing band featured guitarists Jens Ludwig (Edguy) and Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray), bassist Markus Grosskopf (Helloween), and drummer Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody). The album, 2001's The Metal Opera, was filled with fantasy themes and anthemic, progressive pomp-metal. It was followed by 2002's The Metal Opera, Vol. 2, and Avantasia returned years later with the Scarecrow Saga, consisting of 2008's The Scarecrow and 2010's The Wicked Symphony and 2011's Angel of Babylon. Given the success of the latter two records' world tours--which were virtually completely sold out, Sammet got more ambitious, deciding to make Avantasia's even more epic in scale--no small feat consideirng what he'd already accomplished.

In 2013, Avantasia issued The Mystery of Time, a full scale conceptual collaboration with the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. The list of vocalists was impressive: Joe Lynn Turner, frequent collaborator and ex-Helloween frontman Michael Kiske, Saxon's Biff Byford, and Magnum's Bob Catley among them (sometimes two and three at a time). The album charted number two in Germany, and in the top ten across Europe. It also entered the US charts at number nine--the first of the band's recordings to do so. The outfit undertook another five month tour, playing three hour shows and in sold out venues as well and at festivals in Europe, South America, Japan, Russia and Canada, culminating in a headline postion at the Wacken Open Air Festival, a performance Sammet claimed was Avantasia's last.

The claim was only in reference to live performances as The Mystery of Time left open-ended question in its narrative.

In January 2016, Avantasia released the sequel, Ghostlights. Many of the same singers returned and Sammet added to their numbers with appearances by Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, den Adel, and Ronnie Atkins, to name a few. ~ Steve Huey

    Fulda, Germany

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