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Avantasia, from Germany, is the side-project of Edguy singer Tobias Sammet, founded in 1999. Two concept albums were released (The Metal Opera, The Metal Opera Pt. II), their structures similar to that of an opera. Both can be classified as Power Metal and/or Symphonic Metal. After the second album, Sammet announced that there would not be any more Avantasia albums. However, in January 2008 a third album was released, titled The Scarecrow. On November 16th 2007 two 6-track albums Lost in Space Part 1 and Lost in Space Part 2 were released. On April 2nd 2010 two new full-length albums were released, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon, completing the Scarecrow Trilogy. In March 2011 the first Avantasia live CD and DVD called The Flying Opera were released. The contents were based on the footage taken during The Scarecrow tour in 2008, recorded on Wacken Open Air (Germany) and Masters of Rock (Vizovice, Czech Republic) music festivals. In 2013 Avantasia released their sixth album, The Mystery of Time. Their seventh album, Ghostlights was released on 29 January 2016.Read More...
The cast of the Avantasia project:
The Metal Opera (Parts I and II)
Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray)
Jens Ludwig (Edguy)
Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius)
Markus Grosskopf (Helloween)
Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody)
Tobias Sammet (Edguy)
Tobias Sammet (Edguy) as Gabriel Laymann
Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) as Lugaid Vandroiy
David DeFeis (Virgin Steele) as Friar Jakob
Ralf Zdiarstek as Bailiff Falk von Kronberg
Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation) as Anna Held
Rob Rock (Warrior) as Bishop Johann von Bicken
Oliver Hartmann (At Vance) as Pope Clemens VIII
André Matos (ex-Shaaman, ex-Angra) as Elderane, the Elf
Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) as Regrin, the Dwarf
Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) as Mysterious Voice of the Tower
Bob Catley (Magnum) as the Tree of Knowledge
Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray)
Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray)
Eric Singer (KISS)
Michael "Miro" Rodenburg (ex-Kamelot)
Roy Khan (Kamelot)
Jorn Lande (Jorn)
Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween)
Bob Catley (Magnum)
Amanda Somerville (ex-Aina)
Oliver Hartmann (At Vance)
The Wicked Symphony
Tim "Ripper" Owen
Angel Of Babylon
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- LyricsDays had come, winters had gone,
and we gamboled like siblings in Paradise.
I was your knight, holding you tight
as a brother when I saw your crying eyes.
Time went by and we had to say goodbye.
- LyricsAnother star
Has fallen without sound
Has burned out in the cold
- LyricsOpen my eyes
and see my bleeding wounded hands
Feeling the pain too hard to stand. To stand
Caught in the 'now and here'
While they are on the way.
- LyricsLord above why don't you tell me
why I'm here in agony?
I've been serving, I've been praying
now I'm caught in misery.
I've been praised by friar Jakob,
- LyricsDon't wait my friend. We better don't think twice.
Time to fell the prison guard you gotta realize:
No turning back again. Therefor it's all too late
New horizons wait
I know the time has come
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