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AVANTASIA – First Audio Taste Of The Mystery Of Time

On March 29th, 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-page booklet containing ten regular songs and two additional bonus tracks (‘The Cross And You’, ‘Death Is Just A Feeling’).

The first track to be unveiled is ‘Invoke The Machine’ featuring PRETTY MAIDS vocalist Ronnie Atkins as guest.

Tobias Sammet comments: “I have been a huge Pretty Maids fan since I was a teenager. I already asked Ronnie to be on the Metal Opera in 1999, but he was busy back then. Last year I saw Pretty Maids live, and they were a steam train on stage, unbelievable. After the show we met and Ronnie was a great guy. Finally after 13 years, I am really proud to have him on the new Avantasia album. And his kick-ass performance leaves no doubt: It was a great decision to ask him!”

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:

‘Spectres’
‘The Watchmakers’ Dream’
‘Black Orchid’
‘Where Clock Hands Freeze’
‘Sleepwalking’
‘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.

STRATOVARIUS: Nemesis Album Samples Posted Record to See North American Release Next Tuesday!

STRATOVARIUS: Nemesis Album Samples Posted

Record to See North American Release Next Tuesday!

 

In celebration of the upcoming release of their new full-length, Nemesis,  melodic metal legends STRATOVARIUS are offering up sound/video snippets of its e;even tracks. Produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios), Nemesis will be released in North America via earMUSIC in conjunction with Armoury Records next Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

From the signature power of “Abandon,” and the aggressively energetic “Stand My Ground,” to the folkish elements of “Out Of The Fog,” and the title track “Nemesis,” which boasts medieval melodies and double bass drumming, Nemesis delivers new elements fused with the traditional melodic power metal for whichSTRATOVARIUS is known. In an early review of the record, Metal Underground dubs Nemesis, “one of the finest releases in the band’s history,” while Metal Reviews gushes, “… Nemesis is pure epic! It is grandiose, majestic, melodic yet heavy when it needs to be. It’s an unexpected return to form for STRATOVARIUS. It’s what power metal should sound like, period! It is without the shadow of a doubt STRATOVARIUS‘ best album in ages… Album of the year award? You betchya! If you are a fan of this band, you can’t afford to miss this incredible album.” Metalholic, in a perfect 10/10 rating, notes, “Nemesis has a lot of the traditionalSTRATOVARIUS power metal edge, but they’ve managed to evolve and develop their sound to a much more rounded, matured, and polished heavy metal… This album hit the very depths of my core, my will, my heart, and my soul… This is more than music, it’s a masterpiece, and should go down in the book of heavy metal as one of the best heavy metal albums of all time,” while About.com adds, “Nemesis finds the band recapturing the magic of their glory days. Most importantly, the songwriting is excellent as the band seems determined to capture memorable songs that sit alongside the best of their catalog.”

Hear for yourself at THIS LOCATION.

http://www.stratovarius.com
http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius
http://www.myspace.com/officialstratovarius
http://www.eagle-rock.com

STRATOVARIUS – Nemesis Pre-Listening Session Posted

STRATOVARIUS will release their new album, Nemesis, as standard 11-track edition as well as 13-track special edition, on February 22nd.

The tracklist of the standard edition is as follows:

Abandon’
‘Unbreakable’
‘Stand My Ground’
‘Halcyon Days’
‘Fantasy’
‘Out Of The Fog’
‘Castles In The Air’
‘Dragons’
‘One Must Fall’
‘If The Story Is Over’
‘Nemesis’

A pre-listening session for Nemesis is available via YouTube below:

BraveWords scribe Mark Gromen’s new Stratovarius feature can be found at this location.

Stratovarius and AMARANTHE are teaming up in a double headline bill next spring. The Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour 2013 will kick off in Munich, Germany on March 20th.

Confirmed dates include:

March
20 – Backstagehalle – Munich, Germany
21 – Stadtgarten – Erfurt, Germany
22 – Masters Of Rock Cafe – Zlin, Czech Republic
23 – Club 202 – Budapest, Hungary
24 – Majestic Club – Bratislava, Slovakia
26 – Szene – Vienna, Austria
27 – Hirsch – Nürnberg, Germany
28 – Matrix – Bochum, Germany
29 – Grünspan – Hamburg, Germany
30 – De Pul – Uden, Netherlands
31 – La Cigale – Paris, France

April
2 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
3 – Le Kao – Lyon, France
5 – Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona, Spain
6 – Arena – Madrid, Spain
7 – Rock Star – Bilbao, Spain
9 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
10 – Alcatrazz – Milan, Italia
11 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, Germany
13 – PPM Fest (Festival) – Mons, Belgium