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Absolutely beautiful

Many if these songs are incredibly beautiful, and they are all very well written. Brilliant album!

Perfect Tobi

Redefining within a band's style is not an easy task. Tobi has done this with Avantasia. For those who found "Wicked Symphony" and "Angel of Babylon" a bit "stale" (which I did not...they were awesome in their own way) - well "The Mystery of Time" has put an energy charge of rock into the ole power metal formula. It's some of the best song writing by Sammet in years and having amazing Ronnie Atkins, Biff Byford and Joe Lynn Turner performances...well, thats just a bonus. Highly Recommended.

Another Avantasia masterpiece!

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


Formed: 2000 in Fulda, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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