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Music Review: Avantasia CD: The Mystery of Time

Music Review: Avantasia

CD: The Mystery of Time

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Availability: March 30th, 2013

by: TJ Fowler

                When I saw that Avantasia was due to release a new album I was immediately interested in giving it a listen as I always found Tobias Sammet to be an excellent singer(and one of the only singers I have heard to sound like Bruce Dickinson) and his other band Edguy I always thought were very talented musicians and songwriters.  I had never listened to a lot of Avantasia before this so I was somewhat going in blind.  So what did I get with Avantasia’s ‘The Mystery of Time’?  Well it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but it also was by no means a disappointment. Continue reading Music Review: Avantasia CD: The Mystery of Time

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AVANTASIA – The Mystery Of Time Studio Reports

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’). A new video detailing the work in the studio has been released and can be viewed below: Continue reading AVANTASIA – The Mystery Of Time Studio Reports

AVANTASIA – Photos Of The Mystery Of Time Hardcover Book

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:

‘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.

New details on the Vocalists joining Avantasia on Upcoming Mystery of Time Tour

On March 30th Avantasia will release their new album “The Mystery Of Time”. Several journalists have already made comments that the new epic might mark the best Avantasia album ever, featuring ten tracks and guest stars such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) and more…

Now another vocalist can be confirmed for the album: Bob Catley, legendary frontman of British Epic Rock storytellers Magnum. And Bob will not only be featured on the album, besides Michael Kiske, Amanda Somerville and Eric Martin, Bob has also been confirmed to join Avantasia on their forthcoming world tour. For their own April indoor shows (not festivals), Avantasia have been confirmed to play 3-hours special shows, not only celebrating the release of their forthcoming album, but also embracing all eras of the bands history. Check the tour section for dates!