On March 30th, the new AVANTASIA album, The Mystery Of Time, will hit stores as a regular CD, limited edition vinyl and limited edition hardcover book with a 28-pages booklet containing ten regular songs and two additional bonus tracks (‘The Cross And You’, ‘Death Is Just A Feeling’). Check out photos of the limited edition hardcover book below:
The cover artwork for The Mystery Of Time, hand-painted by world famous British fantasy painter Rodney Matthews, and the tracklisting can be seen below:
‘The Watchmakers’ Dream’
‘Where Clock Hands Freeze’
‘Savior In The Clockwork’
‘Invoke The Machine’
‘What’s Left Of Me’
‘Dweller In A Dream’
‘The Great Mystery’
‘The Cross And You’ *
‘Death Is Just A Feeling’ *
* bonus tracks on limited edition hardcover book
The Mystery Of Time features a plethora of guest stars including: Biff Byford (SAXON), Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE), Eric Martin (MR. BIG), Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), Arjen Lucassen (AYREON), Russell Gilbrook (URIAH HEEP), Bob Catley (MAGNUM) and more.
In April, Avantasia will set off on their European leg of the Mystery World Tour and joining the band on tour will be Magnum’s Bob Catley and HEAVENS GATE’s Thomas Rettke and Mr. Big’s Eric Martin. Avantasia’s complete live itinerary can be viewed at this location.
Music Review: Head of the Demon
CD: Head of the Demon
Label: The Ajna Offensive
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Through the history of Heavy Metal, horror has always been one of its closest allies in terms of subject matter for songs. However, up until recently you never heard of many bands tap in the H.P. Lovecraft mythos with a few exceptions through the years but in the past decade or so, we seem to be seeing more bands beginning to explore the Cthulhu Mythos a bit more.
When I received a batch of promos that included a band from Sweden, with nameless members from other known bands, called Head of the Demon with music from their self-titled album that the press release stated delved into the Lovecraft them I was sold. I have always been a big Lovecraft fan, I have read most, if not all, of his stories and have several board games based on the horrors in his stories. So what do we get with Head of the Demon? Is it a worthy Lovecraftian Metal endeavor or would we be better served getting Head from a garbage disposal? Well not to fear…your dick is safe!
When I listened to Head of the Demon the first thing I noticed right off is that this is a VERY Black Sabbath-ish, psychedelic and doom sounding album with slow plodding and atmospheric songs that would remind you of traveling a desolate grey landscape. Fans of the old Black Sabbath and stoner type music should enjoy the music found here greatly. I’m typically not into the slow plodding type Doom Genre but I found myself intrigued by the album and thought it would make some good mood music for certain occasions.
The next noticeable aspect of the album is the vocals. The press kit states that the singer sounds very much like Tom G. Warrior from Celtic Frost, which I did find to be true but I also found that he also sounded a lot like Cronos from Venom which is not a bad thing and thought it suited the album well.
Head of the Demon is filled with subtle whispers and vocals that are hard to understand at times. This may be part of what the Doom genre is about but I found I wished I could hear just a little more of the lyrics as it was difficult to really hear the references to Lovecraft that may have been there.
The song The Key is the one song that has clean narrative/singing where I distinctly heard Lovecraft references compared to the other songs where I wasn’t sure if the songs were referencing Lovecraft or not.
Head of The Demon boasts a mere 7 tracks but in typical metal or doom fashion most songs hit at least the 6 minute mark so you will get your money worth with the seven tracks presented here.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Head of the Demon. Like I mentioned earlier, I never got into Doom Metal much or claim to be an expert of the genre but I thought what I heard here was a good effort and fans of atmospheric or heavy metal in general should not be disappointed. So raise your hands high and give praises to the Great Cthulhu. The Stars are right!
1: By Titan Hand
2: The Lie in Wait-Riding the Waste
4: The Man From Foreign Land
5: The Key
6: Fifth House of the Mausoleum
7: Wraith of the Unknown.