I could easily go on about each song on this epic release, but suffice it to say that it never lulls and never displays a lack of quality. Avantasia Creation : 2000 Genre : Metal opéra Related bands : Origin : Germany, Official site : Myspace : Current record : Nuclear Blast Current members : Tobias Sammet Vocals, Bass Edguy Sacha Paeth Guitar Heaven's Gate Eric Singer Drums Kiss Popularity : 99 no. Showcasing the folk lilt of Night, the track starts out with a fragile Sammet vocal with Night bringing a feminine slant to the material and giving room for the song to take off with its power metal chorus which will be the latest ear worm to add to your collection. An exceptional grade rating is deserved. While some attempts at these types of all-star concept pieces fall short, Avantasia deliver with high-quality music, excellent vocals and fluid execution from start to finish. There is an intensity and power on this silver disc that many extreme bands would find hard to match and it is impossible to pick a stand out performance or song as they are all superb. Showcasing the Celtic influences of some of the players, acoustic guitars, harps, cinematic strings and even a bodhran appear in the mix.
. If you like the music, support the bands by buying their albums and merchandising. Tobias also provides bass, while the rest of the band are Sascha Paeth guitars, producer , Miro keyboards and Russell Gilbrook drums while there are also some additional guitarists in Bruce Kulick, Oliver Hartmann and Arjen Anthony Lucassen. With Rodney Matthews providing the artwork, this is an album that appears fully loaded with class and promise even before it hits the player. Within its narrative, the record could quite easily be seen as stage show on Broadway.
Tobias Sammet retained his position as lead vocalist, but this time playing bass. While wine and cheese can go together like bread and butter, the mismatching of refined tastes can result in utmost dissatisfaction. Overall, Moonglow is like a collection of songs that can sit within a number of genres. Bringing us right up to date with this their eight record, Moonglow. To the benefit of Moonglow, none of the vocalists feel like they are simply playing characters, whereas material in the past was a bit more theatrical in its vocal delivery.
For Avantasia, he has wrangled in some big name musicians and a slew of guest vocalists to deliver The Metal Opera; a nearly hour long drama set to pummeling power metal. The chorus here will have all power metal fans singing along with fists in the air. Title tracks are generally the centre piece of a collective work and Moonglow is no different. However, add in vocalists like Kai Hansen Gamma Ray , Rob Rock Impellitteri, Warrior , Andre Matos Angra , Sharon Den Adel Within Temptation along with Sammet and you have yourself a record of massive metal proportions. The project can be divided into four periods of activity. That said, whilst at some points Avantasia show a more subtle touch, at others they bring the full-on pomp and cheese turned up to 11, as is only to be expected - it will scratch the itch for a prog-tinged power metal rock opera when you're in the mood for that, but if you aren't in just the right receptive mood it will struggle to win you over. A few years ago Tobias decided that he had gone far enough with this project so stopped working on it, but then started to feel the pull back to do it all over again.
Over the course of a discography full to the brim of power metal goodness and tales as old as time. When the original material is this good, why muddy the waters? The core band has changed a little with drummer Eric Singer being replaced by Russell Gilbrook Uriah Heep. More than a year in the making, The Metal Opera is without a doubt one of the definitive power metal releases of the year. As with Ayreon's projects, the large number of vocalists can tend to make the project seem a little prone to stunt casting, though it's always nice to hear Michael Kiske doing his thing. There are also a plethora of guitarists, keyboardists and well…. As with his first albums this is a concept piece and he has brought in some guest vocalists to assist him in telling the story. Power metal is notorious for its cheese without the proper accompanying wine and crackers but this album eschews many of those pitfalls.
The groups originally line-up consisted of Sammet on vocals and keyboards, Henjo Richter Gamma Ray on guitars, Markus Grosskopf Helloween on bass, and Alex Holzwarth Rhapsody of Fire on drums. The band thought it was ridiculous to drink water from the horns so Salt Lake City did not see those Vikings with their drinking horns on stage. The Mystery of Time is the sixth full-length album by German Metal Opera project Avantasia. Instead of multiple characters, we are locked into the Moonglow universe concentrating on one character as they journey through the world with the listener there every step of the way, giving it a more free flowing vibe. Both of the albums can be classified as power metal, with symphonic elements.
Fans of the grandiose, melodic, and symphonic side of power metal have a lot to chew on here. While power metal bands for me are a little hit and miss, this one falls squarely into the hit category. The band, comprised of Henjo Richter Gamma Ray and Jens Ludwig Edguy on guitars, Markus Grosskopf Helloween on bass, and Alex Holzwarth Rhapsody on drums is impressive enough on its own. The first third of the record showcases the different dynamics at play here. Within power metal, tracks of any great length can become quickly tedious and longest track on the record The Raven Child bucks the trend encapsulating the album as a whole within one 10 minute epic. The story is a spellbinding fantasy tale of deceit, treachery, religion, imprisonment and witchcraft.
Power metal has the propensity of unleashing these universal imbalances in great proportions with musicians mixing and matching sounds while not paying enough detail to the consequences of these musical engineerings. However, in January 2008 athird album wasreleased, titled 'The Scarecrow', followed by two sequels named 'The Wicked Sympony' and 'Angel of Babylon',both released in 2010. The plot is actually quite comprehensive embodying two albums worth of material but on this debut album by Tobias Sammet and a little help from his friends from Helloween, Gamma Ray, Statovarius and Rhapsody Of Fire he conjures up a far reaching musical vision that he could surely not accomplish by his lonesome. The third, 2013—2016, includes the albums The Mystery of Time and Ghostlights. There's an Ayreon-like cast of singers! Avantasia is the side-project of Edguy singer Tobias Sammet, founded in 1999. After the second album, Sammet announced that there would not be any more Avantasia albums.
The end result sounds like the natural continuation of the last couple of albums. As well as Tobias himself, the listener will also hear Biff Byford Saxon , Michael Kiske Unisonic, ex-Helloween , Joe Lynn Turner ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple , Bob Catley Magnum , Ronnie Atkins ex-Pretty Maids , Cloudy Yang and Eric Martin Mr. The album was released in 2013 and is the start a new story by creator Tobias Sammet and his collaborators, completely unrelated to the original two part concept The Metal Opera or The Wicked Trilogy which concluded in 2010 with the release of two albums simultaneously, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon. He is joined on this tune by the currently band-less Ralf Zdarstek who will no doubt be snatched up quickly after his top-notch performance. This is going to be classified by many critics as one of the releases of the year, and rightly so. In 2006 Avantasia was revived, but with a re-worked core line-up.
The fourth period begins with the release of the Moonglow album in 2019. On The Mystery of Time, Avantasia assemble all the ingredients of something embarrassingly cheesy - it's a concept album! Big , quite a vocal line-up. When they want to be gentle it is atmospheric and restrained, but when they unleash they really go for it. Following the second album, Avantasia was laid to rest. The break between albums seems to have worked wonders though. Power metal majesty, prog metal adventurousness, and rock opera ambition inform the compositions, resulting in a compelling sound which at its best makes me want to hear more from this project - and from parent band Edguy, for that matter. I did enjoy The Wicked Symphony but felt that it was a step down in terms of overall quality, while Angel of Babylon come over as being very patchy; a weak way to end The Wicked Trilogy, as if Tobias had stretched his ideas too thinly by releasing two albums at once.