Avantasia Posts Second “Moonglow” Album Trailer

Avantasia, the all-star rock opera spaceship piloted by Edguy singer, songwriter and producer Tobias Sammet, release their eighth full-length album, “Moonglow,” via Nuclear Blast Records on February 15th. The new 11 track album sees Sammet reunited with some familiar faces from previous Avantasia albums. Guests include original Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate, Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins, Michael Kiske of Helloween, Jørn Lande (ex-Masterplan), Eric Martin (MR BIG) and Magnum’s Bob Catley. Moonglow also introduces new collaborators Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian, Kreator’s Mille Petrozza and Blackmore’s Night frontwoman Candice Night in a truly spectacular fashion.

Today, Avantasia release the second (of three) interview trailers, in which Tobias Sammet talks about the guest musicians on “Moonglow” and explains why he chose each of them for his songs.
Watch it below.

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Necronomicon To Release New Album In 2017

The German thrash cult Necronomicon (not to be confused with the Canadian death metal group) goes a long way back to 1984 but is still very much alive and kicking.

Stronger than ever, Necronomicon has worked on new material and will release a 9th studio CD and some other very special work with Into The LimeLight Records and Soulfood as distributor.

The new release will be available in the spring of 2017 and will be produced Achim Köhler, who has worked with bands like Avantasia, Scorpions, Edguy and many others. Stay tuned for full details Necronomicon is:

Freddy – vocals, guitar
Mike – guitar, backing vocals
Chris – drums
Marco – bass, backing vocals

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New Album “Shadows & Silhouettes” Announced By Hartmann

Hartmann – the band fronted by Avantasia guitarist/vocalist Oliver Hartmann – announced that the upcoming new album will be entitled “Shadows & Silhouettes.” The album will be issued on September 30th via Pride & Joy Music.

The first single/video clip will be available on September 2nd. The album’s track list is as follows:

1. Irresistible
2. Glow
3. High On You
4. When Your Mama Was a Hippie
5. Jaded Heart
6. Amazing
7. Still the Same
8. I Would Murder for You
9. The Letting Go
10. To Good to be True
11. Shadow in My Eyes
12. Last Goodbye

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Wacken To Stream Live Performances From Hammerfall, Children Of Bodom, And More

This week the long wait is finally over, as the annual Wacken Open Air celebrates its 25th Anniversary on the unholy soil in the North of Germany.

For those who missed the chance to grab a ticket for the three-day event, there will be live streams available online for the following bands:

Hammerfall on Thursday July 31 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET
Accept on Thursday July 31 from 22:30 to 24:00 CET
Children Of Bodom on Friday August 01 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET
Carcass on Friday August 01 from 21:15 to 22:15 CET
Kreator on Saturday August 02 from 00:15 to 01:30 CET

To watch the live streams, head over to this location. An additional stream of the Avantasia show will be available on Saturday right here.

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New Music Video “Seasons Change” Posted By Azoria

Swedish melodic power metal act Azoria, founded in 2013 by ReinXeed guitarist Alex Oriz, released the new music video “Seasons Change.” The album is the title track of the debut album which was issused last month via Doolittle Group. The album features different vocalists in the vein of Avantasia, including: Snowy Shaw (Therion, King Diamond, Sabaton) Mike Andersson (Fullforce, Cloudscape), Tommy ReinXeed (ReinXeed, Golden Resurrection) and more.

The song and video feature vocalist Mikael Dahl of Crystal Eyes. Check it out here:

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New LP Expected In 2014 As Xandria Enters Studio

German symphonic metal act Xandria has just hit studio this past week to start recording the long awaited successor of their critically acclaimed album “Neverworld’s End” (see review here).

The yet to be titled new album is the sixth studio album in the band’s career. The production is a collaboration with Joost van den Broek (After Forever, Star One, ReVamp, etc.) and Sascha Paeth (Edguy, Epica, Avantasia and many more), joining forces with band’s main composer Marco Heubaum, mutually responsible for the upcoming work.

The release date of the longplayer is yet to be announced, supposedly sometime in the first quarter of 2014 via Napalm Records

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Avantasia Recruits Bob Catley Of Magnum For “Mystery Of Time” Tour

Avantasia announced that Magnum vocalist Bob Catley will guest on the new “Mystery of Time” album due out this March. Catley will duet with Tobias Sammet on the track “The Great Mystery.” In the video announcement below, Catley also indicated he will joine Avantasia on the upcoming world tour in support of the new release.

Catley joins a myriad of guest starts to appear on the album, including: Biff Byford (Saxon), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween/Unisonic), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS/ex-Meatloaf), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids),Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Ex-Vengeance) and legendary former Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Joe Lynn Turner.

Check out the video here:

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Avantasia Reveals “The Mystery Of Time” Artwork

After announcing a series of guest musicians to appear on the album, Avantasia has now unveiled the cover artwork for new release “The Mystery of Time.”

Check out the artwork below, created by British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Tobias Sammet of Avantasia comments:

“It is a great honour for me to have Rodney create the artwork of ‘The Mystery Of Time.‘ Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork. I’ve had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start.

“I put a lot of energy into producing a very detailed and fascinating album, and Rodney had that same enthusiasm to create an artwork just as detailed and fascinating. This is a new chapter in Avantasia’s history and I think it didn’t deserve less than a magical painting by my favorite painter and childhood hero: The one and only Rodney Matthews!”

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Avantasia Reveals “The Mystery Of Time” Artwork

After announcing a series of guest musicians to appear on the album, Avantasia has now unveiled the cover artwork for new release “The Mystery of Time.”

Check out the artwork below, created by British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Tobias Sammet of Avantasia comments:

“It is a great honour for me to have Rodney create the artwork of ‘The Mystery Of Time.‘ Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork. I’ve had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start.

“I put a lot of energy into producing a very detailed and fascinating album, and Rodney had that same enthusiasm to create an artwork just as detailed and fascinating. This is a new chapter in Avantasia’s history and I think it didn’t deserve less than a magical painting by my favorite painter and childhood hero: The one and only Rodney Matthews!”

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Avantasia Reveals “The Mystery Of Time” Artwork

After announcing a series of guest musicians to appear on the album, Avantasia has now unveiled the cover artwork for new release “The Mystery of Time.”

Check out the artwork below, created by British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Tobias Sammet of Avantasia comments:

“It is a great honour for me to have Rodney create the artwork of ‘The Mystery Of Time.‘ Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork. I’ve had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start.

“I put a lot of energy into producing a very detailed and fascinating album, and Rodney had that same enthusiasm to create an artwork just as detailed and fascinating. This is a new chapter in Avantasia’s history and I think it didn’t deserve less than a magical painting by my favorite painter and childhood hero: The one and only Rodney Matthews!”

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