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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New Album Title And Artwork Announced By Ayreon

Ayreon unveiled the cover artwork for the upcoming new album “The Source.” More details will be revealed very soon, including release date, track listing and pre-order information.

Mastermind/composer Arjen Anthony Lucassen commented: “The cover was made by the amazing Yann Souetre, he created all the artwork for the new album. Yann’s art inspired me enormously in the creative process of writing this album. The cool motion effects in the image below were done by David Letelier. Hope you like it as much as I do!”

Vocal guest appearances for “The Source” include: James Labrie (Dream Theater) as “The Historian”; Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me) as “The Chemist”; Simone Simons (Epica) as “The Counselor”; Michael Mills (Toehider) as “TH-I”; Floor Jansen (Nightwish) as “The Biologist”; Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) as “The Astronomer”; Tobias Sammet (Avantasia/Edguy) as “The Captain”; Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus) as “The Diplomat”; Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind) as “The Prophet”; Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) as “The Preacher”; Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder/Kamelot) as “The Opposition Leader”; and, Russell Allen (Symphony X) as “The President.”

Musician guest appearances for “The Source” include: Paul Gilbert (Racer X), Guthrie Govan (Asia), Mark Kelly (Marillion) and Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged).

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Tobias Sammet And Doro Pesch Appearing On German Channel RTL

Avantasia mastermind Tobias Sammet and his long-time music colleague the queen of metal Doro Pesch will soon rock the “Ultimative Chartshow” on German channel RTL. Tobias and Doro will be appearing on three episodes of the show: “Best of 2016 – the most successful hits of the year,” “The most successful one hit wonder ever,” and “The most successful radio hits from all time” putting to use their superior music knowledge.

The concept of the cult tv show is letting music industry insiders give their opinion and ranking on the most successful songs based around a certain topic, while telling us some personal anecdotes around those tracks.

Tobi Sammet and Doro Pesch have both had big chart achievements of their own: Sammet and his rock project Avantasia achieved second place in the official German charts for the third time since 2010 with his album “Ghostlights” and Doro’s anniversary-CD/DVD “Strong And Proud – 30 Years Of Rock And Metal” also climbed straight to #2 in Germany.

The dates for the shows, which are moderated by Oliver Geissen:

16.12.2016, 08.15 pm, RTL
31.12.2016, 08.15 pm, RTL
06.01.2017, 08:15 pm, RTL

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Avantasia Announces Bonus Live Album With “Ghostlights” Limited Edition

On January 29th, the new Avantasia album “Ghostlights” will hit stores. The limited edition version will feature a huge 68-page book with more than 100 photos and a full live album as a bonus.

The new single “Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose” will premiere during the Tobias Sammet Rockshow on RadioBob this Wednesday, December 9th at 21:00 CET. The song will be available for download on Friday, December 11th. The album’s track listing is as follows:

01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose 3:51
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You 12:09
03. The Haunting 4:42
04. Seduction Of Decay 7:18
05. Ghostlights 5:43
06. Draconian Love 4:58
07. Master Of The Pendulum 5:01
08. Isle Of Evermore 4:28
09. Babylon Vampyres 7:09
10. Lucifer 3:48
11. Unchain The Light 5:03
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies 5:53

Live Album
01. Spectres
02. Invoke The Machine
03. The Story Ain’t Over
04. Prelude
05. Reach Out For The Light
06. Avantasia
07. Whats Left Of Me
08. Dying For An Angel
09. Twisted Mind
10. The Watchmakers’ Dream
11. Another Angel Down

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Avantasia Releasing New Single “Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose”

Christmas is drawing near, and Tobias Sammet has got his Nutcracker suit on already! If you listen to the Tobias Sammet Rockshow on Radio Bob this coming December 9th you will get a world-exclusive pre-listening of the new Avantasia une.

On December 11th the single will also be digitally available from iTunes and other platforms officially. The nutcracker aka Tobi comments:

“‘Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose’ is a song I originally wrote with Meat Loaf in the back of my mind – but for some reason the collaboration didn’t happen, so I did the song myself. The choirs alone took more than 40 hours to arrange and record – for a four minute song! That pretty much says it all. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing and ‘More is more!’ Have a great day!”

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Details Of New Album “Ghostlights” Revealed By Avantasia

Avantasia’s seventh album, “Ghostlights,” will be released worldwide on January 29th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Today, Tobias Sammet proudly presents the cover and announces the tracklist, as well as the various formats, in which the upcoming record will be available.

The opus features guest appearances of Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Marco Hietala, Sharon Den Adel, Michael Kiske, Ronnie Atkins, Bob Catley, Jorn Lande, Bruce Kulick, Robert Mason, Herbie Langhans, Oliver Hartmann and Sascha Paeth.

The record contains twelve songs and was produced by Tobias and Sascha Paeth in Gatestudio Wolfsburg, Germany. Paeth is responsible for engineering and mixing “Ghostlights,” too. Mastering was done by Michael Rodenberg.

The instrumentalists on “Ghostlights” are the following:

Sascha Paeth – rhythm guitars, lead guitars, bass, additional keys
Michael Rodenberg – orchestration, keys
Tobias Sammet – additional keys and bass
Bruce Kulick – lead guitars
Oliver Hartmann – lead guitars
Felix Bohnke – drums

The track list is:

CD:

01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose 3:51
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You 12:09
03. The Haunting 4:42
04. Seduction Of Decay 7:18
05. Ghostlights 5:43
06. Draconian Love 4:58
07. Master Of The Pendulum 5:01
08. Isle Of Evermore 4:28
09. Babylon Vampyres 7:09
10. Lucifer 3:48
11. Unchain The Light 5:03
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies 5:53

2 CD DIGIBOOK EDITION

CD 1:

01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You
03. The Haunting
04. Seduction Of Decay
05. Ghostlights
06. Draconian Love
07. Master Of The Pendulum
08. Isle Of Evermore
09. Babylon Vampyres
10. Lucifer
11. Unchain The Light
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies
13. Wake Up To The Moon (Bonus Track)

CD 2 (Bonus Disc – AVANTASIA live):

01. Spectres
02. Invoke The Machine
03. The Story Ain’t Over
04. Prelude
05. Reach Out For The Light
06. Avantasia
07. Whats Left Of Me
08. Dying For An Angel
09. Twisted Mind
10. The Watchmakers’ Dream
11. Another Angel Down

3 CD DELUXE EDITION BOOK
(incl. 68page photo book ca. 28,5 x 28,5cm)
+ CD 3 (Karaoke Version of CD 1 w/o bonus track)

01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You
03. The Haunting
04. Seduction Of Decay
05. Ghostlights
06. Draconian Love
07. Master Of The Pendulum
08. Isle Of Evermore
09. Babylon Vampyres
10. Lucifer
11. Unchain The Light
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies

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Tobias Sammet Comes Clean On “Space Police” Prank, Reveals Actual Album Details

Tobias Sammet, singer/songwriter for German power metal act Edguy, has revealed that his near six month twitter campaign for the band’s new album “Space Police – Defenders of the Crown” was actually part of an elaborate April Fool’s prank. By utilizing a marketing strategy filled with song clips, sarcasm and wit, Sammet was able to boost pre-sales for the band’s album by 800%, most of which are angry fans desiring to obtain the album that they are doomed to despise.

Sammet revealed all on a Twitter post today: “APRIL FOOLS DAY…there is no ‘SPACE POLICE'”

The new album is actually entitled “The Joke Is On You!” and is the follow up to the 2011 release “Age of the Joker,” but will be a concept album about DC Comics’ most famous villian. Sammet explained the marketing direction: “With ‘Age,’ I received a lot of flak from fans and press even though the album sold fairly well. I decided I would take a different approach. I brought in artists and label representatives and told them my vision. What we needed was to poke fun at the band’s history and come up with a wildly inventive cartoon world set in space and then proclaim it to be the greatest power metal album of all time. It worked because pre-sales for what is now ‘The Joke’s On You’ went through the roof – mostly because those fans with the most complaints were curious to prove me wrong.”

The album is still set for an April 18th release, but the actual song titles are:

1. Mirthless Grin
2. Thieving Trickster
3. Defenders Of The Clown Prince Of Crime
4. Gotham’s Finest
5. The Bat Must Be Destroyed
6. The Life And Times Of ‘Dear Old Jack’
7. Martha Wayne Is A Whore
8. Born Of Red Hood
9. Harle(y)quin
10. The Only Good Bat Is A Dead One

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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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