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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Mystery Of Time

1. Spectres

2. The Watchmakers' Dream

3. Black Orchid

4. Where Clock Hands Freeze

5. Sleepwalking

6. Savior In The Clockwork

7. Invoke The Machine

8. What's Left Of Me

9. Dweller In A Dream

10. The Great Mystery

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Track List: The Wicked Symphony

1. The Wicked Symphony

2. Wastelands

3. Scales Of Justice

4. Dying For An Angel

5. Blizzard On A Broken Mirror

6. Runaway Train

7. Crestfallen

8. Forever Is A Long Time

9. Black Wings

10. States Of Matter

11. The Edge

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Track List: Lost In Space, Vol. 1 & 2

1. Lost In Space

2. Lay All Your Love On Me

3. Another Angel Down

4. The Story Ain't Over

5. Return To Avantasia

6. Ride The Sky

7. Promised Land

8. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes

9. Scary Eyes

10. In My Defense

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Track List: Avantasia: The Metal Opera Part II

1. The Seven Angels

2. No Return

3. The Looking Glass

4. In Quest For

5. The Final Sacrifice

6. Neverland

7. Anywhere

8. Chalice Of Agony

9. Memory

10. Into The Unknown

11. Chalice Of Agony

12. Avantasia

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Track List: The Metal Opera Pt. 1

1. Prelude

2. Reach Out For The Light

3. Serpents In Paradise

4. Malleus Maleficarum

5. Breaking Away

6. Farewell

7. The Glory Of Rome

8. In Nomine Patris

9. Avantasia

10. A New Dimension

11. Inside

12. Sign Of The Cross

13. The Tower

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Track List: Avantasia

1. Avantasia (Edit Version)

2. Reach Out For The Light

3. The Final Sacrifice

4. Avantasia (Album Version)

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Track List: Ghostlights

1. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose

2. Let The Storm Descend Upon You

3. The Haunting

4. Seduction Of Decay

5. Ghostlights

6. Draconian Love

7. Master Of The Pendulum

8. Isle Of Evermore

9. Babylon Vampyres

10. Lucifer

11. Unchain The Light

12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies

13. Wake Up To The Moon

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The singer is a bruce clone... thats a plus!!
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precious3452
Am I the only one who thought of Queen and Iron Maiden while listening to the song No return
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If *dancing with tears in my eyes* is the go to song for pandora for this all star? band. ...ouch....r e a l l y ouch. The album art is metal the song is cotton candy.
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Don't be judgmental hug Jesus Christ
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warenj
why does pandora let u listen to everything except what u wanna listen to
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With all those great guests on Metal Opera most of the songs did not live up at all to the caliber of guests he had, Where is he a genius...whe r e ?
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It takes ywo or three bery creative individuals to continually produce solid dongs. Concept albums are a great way to go. Kamelot, Theocracy, Rob Rock, Symphony X, Dream Theater Avantasia are all great bands.
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NO mention of Russel Allen? Avantasia is best when fronted by MIchael Kiske and Russel Allen
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yeah that's a stupid statement... t h e man is a genius
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Not trying to get in a tiff here - to each his own - but what makes you feel like Sammet isn't a good songwriter? Some songs are better than others, but you can say that about any band.
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Tobias Sammet is simply not a very good songwriter !
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Real good, reminds me of helloween cross between iron maiden, love it.
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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Missing a few albums here by Avantasia, but what's here is pretty good
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Awesome music on every album, I bloody love Avantasia!
Also, if you're into power/symph/ p r o g metal music definately check out 'epicrockrad i o . c o m ' . It's a really great internet radio site
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burke.david2
Always a fan of these dream team projects. When you work with the best, you get amazing music.
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New album coming out soon - can't wait!
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My love for this band is like a truck.
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Why is Godsmack getting brought up guys (guess I'm not seeing the OP)? Anyhow Godsmack is sort of Nu Metal that pretty much pulls from 90's alt bands, and grunge along with Metallica, and then over-refines it at least a bit and lightens up the overall texture. I don't mind some Godsmack stuff once in a rare while, but bands like this are leaps and bounds superior IMO.
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There is just not enough good songs on Avantasias's albums, god knows how hard it was to get klaus miene (scorpions) to sing on dying for an angel and again it is simply not that good of a song, He needs to find a good songwriting partner and get rid of the rest of the band!
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Way better than Edguy, which is too hard rockish for me and silly songs
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i like better than edguy but edguy is still good
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i really like them
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This band really grew on me. I heard Avantasia one time and was like meh. Now I have heard more of their music and have fallen in love :D
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davelee2112
I have to agree with several of the reviewers below regarding Tobias' voice in Edguy; what actually won me over was their live album 'Burning Down the Opera'. I think that Avantasia breaks up the vocal parts so effectively that you don't have time to be distracted by his somewhat overwrought vocals. For those who enjoy these massive collaboratio n s in the metal world, I highly recommend the works of Ayreon as well; he does the same concept with multiple singers. More electronic, though. Later!
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xannihilus
They only listed the people who were part of the Metal Opera. Hence Klaus Meine not being listed. Jorn Lande doesn't get a mention and he sings the second most in the Wicked Trilogy with the only exception being Tobias.
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soulvillemus i c
Ya, just a minor little mistake forgetting to name the most famous singer singing on the record. It practically sounds like a Scorpions song when Klaus is singing the chorus. Not that that is a bad thing....
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Hm, looks like they forgotten to add Klaus Meine to that listing of singers on this page, you can hear him quite well on Dying for an Angel.
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I like turtles
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That's Tobias from 2001. It's 2011 now; that's why you didn't recognize him. He looks awesome on the album cover, too.
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I don't know if someone already asked this, i didn't bother reading all the comments, but who's the guy on the cover of the 2001 Avantasia album? I thought it was Tobias but I've saw some pictures of him and that doesn't look like him.
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ah, love this band!! so glad I just heard of them!
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Amazing! I love everything about them, Tobias (and the guest singers), the intrumentals , and the lyrics. I laso love the variety in the songs; no two songs sound the same
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@Peter and Nexus - I used to find Sammet's voice annoying but it grew on me and I started thinking it sounds a lot like Dickinson at times. I really didn't like EdGuy at first, but once I got into Avantasia I went back to EdGuy and now I like them too. I think it's all about the sing-along choruses!
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@Peter Grant - I completely agree. I can't stand EdGuy, but Avantasia is quickly growing on me - I think it is the compositions - I've been turned off by EdGuy's songs mostly.
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I don't know why but in Edguy Sammet's voice annoys the hell out of me. However in Avantasia it is actually bearable and even quite enjoyable. Maybe it's the instrumental s ? I don't know.
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Edguy turned me off of Sammet (the songs felt rather... overwrought - and not in the subject or anything, I love that stuff, but the sonic qualities felt overdone) but Avantasia has been growing on me. Who knows, I might give EdGuy another shot if this keeps up.
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robertscarde n a s
Anything Tobias Sammet releases kicks a**. I've seen EdGuy several times in LA.
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silkystreebz z 7
Godsmack sucks. Too many of their songs are based on the same chord progression which shows lack of writing talent, also it contains too many of the same syncopated rhythms which again shows bad writing. Groups like this who branch out and experiment with their music Kick the tar out of most metal bands out there now.
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Oh sweet, they have The Wicked Symphony up now, awesome. Now they just need Angel of Babylon, and the Wicked trilogy will be (sort of) complete.

It's very odd that they started a new artist page for The Scarecrow and then put the followup album here though.
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definitely one of the most ambitious side-project "bands." the cast of musicians that Sammett gathered for the first project is indeed most impressive. i remember when i first heard the metal opera albums back in high school, many of the songs just don't grow old.

i haven't heard all of Lost In Space, but from what i have listened to, it sounds very experimental and more ballad-like than the usual prog/power fare.
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judgement666 9
wtf is with this "true metal" like Godsmack yea metal but didnt that come out after the concept of metal came out or when it was called met-al(briti s h sounding) metal is metal just different genre and im pretty sure true is not a genre (personal favs Hair and Power)

oh and i would consider Godsmack more of a Nu Metal not True(doesnt exist)
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jamiller999
Very impressive Willow. I didnt think you were had the mental capacity to type a message backwards.
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Average at the most

\m/ <-_-> \m/
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this band rocks
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Huzzah! My patience has finally been rewarded - Avantasia has played on my eclectic mixture station at last, thus keeping the musical experiment intact and me quite happy. Yay.
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These guys are slowly growing on me... as is power metal as a genre, I suppose.
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i love avantasia, but i dont really care for edguy. hmmmm...
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Gah, reading that bio makes me want to add this to my station so badly, but that would invalidate my musical experiment where I only add new seeds if what's there already prompts Pandora to play something by the group I want to add.

Oh well, they're bound to show up soon considering I've seeded or heavily thumbed up just about everything Pandora thinks is similar, heh.
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