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AVANTASIA – The Mystery Of Time Hits The German Charts At #2!

AVANTASIA’s album, The Mystery Of Time, continues to storm the charts around the world, selling twice as many copies as previous albums, including rocketing straight to #2 of the official German Media Control album charts.

Leader Tobias Sammet has issued the following statement: Continue reading AVANTASIA – The Mystery Of Time Hits The German Charts At #2!

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TARJA To Release New Material Via Armoury Records Later This Year

Following the sensational success of Act I, the first ever live solo offering from legendary Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, TARJA TURUNEN,Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, is delighted to announce the renewal of their collaboration for an exciting set of new releases spanning the next few years. Continue reading TARJA To Release New Material Via Armoury Records Later This Year

MORTUORIAL ECLIPSE Release New Album Teaser

Argentina-based symphonic extreme metallers MORTUORIAL ECLIPSE have released the teaser for the European release of The Aethyrs’ Call, where you can hear audio from several tracks on the album. Check out the clip below:

The Aethyrs’ Call will be released on March 1st and features the following tracks:
‘The Summoner’S Procession’
‘Advent Of A Sinister Omen’
‘Crepuscular Necromantic Visions’
‘Perpetual Covenant’
‘At The Gates Of The Marduk’s Shrine’
‘Brotherhood Of The Serpent’
‘Orion’s Progeny’
‘Submission’

TODD LA TORRE-Fronted Version Of QUEENSRŸCHE: Audio Sample Of New Song Available

A 90-second audio sample of a new song called “Redemption” from the the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE was premiered on last night’s (Friday, February 22) edition of Eddie Trunk‘s “Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM and can now be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

As previously reported, the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE has finished recording the drums for its new album at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer James “Jimbo” Barton — the man who engineered and mixed the band’s classic 1988 LP, “Operation: Mindcrime”, and its 1990 follow-up, “Empire”, and co-produced 1994’s “Promised Land”. The rest of the music and vocals are being laid down at several different facilities on the West Coast.

In a recent interview with Metal Assault, drummer Scott Rockenfield stated about QUEENSRŸCHE‘s renewed collaboration with Barton: “It’s a great thing — we’re really excited about it, he’s really excited about it. We’ve wanted to work with him for a while, but for whatever reason, we just hadn’t gone there yet. This is a great time for us to do that, though. We all discussed who we wanted to do the record with, and he was one of the first names that came up. It was easy for us to pick up the phone and call him. It was like our relationship picked up right where it left off, so it’s gonna be a lot of fun. He’s a very creative guy that did some great records with us in the past. I think that’s one of the most important things when it comes to why we want to work with him.”

Asked if fans will see a return to the progressive metal sound QUEENSRŸCHE had in the ’80s, Scott said: “What we’re trying to do, and what has been really interesting since Todd has jumped into the band, we’re trying to revisit the old QUEENSRŸCHE catalog — stuff off of the EP and “The Warning”. That’s always been a part of what we are, so yeah, definitely! I think in my opinion, we’re really revisiting that vibe of why that music was special back then for us. There will be a modern flair to it, though, just because we’re in the modern age. The fun thing about Jimbo being a part of it is that he can help tie together the two sides. He does come from our past and some of the great records and some of the great sounds that we’re known for, but he’s also living in the modern age and doing some interesting things as well. I think it’s going to be a really great QUEENSRŸCHE record. People are going to go, ‘Wow, that’s QUEENSRŸCHE! That sounds just like what we’ve known them to be, and what we would expect them to now be.’ That’s what I think peple will get out of it.”

AVANTASIA To Be Joined On Tour By HEAVENS GATE Vocalist

On March 30th, the new AVANTASIA album, The Mystery Of Time, will hit stores. In April, Avantasia will set off on their European leg of the Mystery World Tour and another vocalist has been confirmed…

He hasn’t been on stage for years, but he has shown his abilities as one of Germany‘s finest vocalists in the backing choirs on countless album productions. Now he will hit the road with Avantasia. Many of you may remember the legendary German band HEAVENS GATE. No less a singer than Heavens Gate vocalist Thomas Rettke will join the flying opera on the road.

Avantasia’s complete live itinerary can be viewed at this location.

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 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.