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PRETTY MAIDS – Motherland Album Hits Charts In Europe

Posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 at 12:19:24 EST

Frontiers Records released Danish melodic hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS new album, Motherland, on March 22nd in Europe and March 26th in North America.

Motherland has made the following chart debuts in Europe:

Denmark – #3
Switzerland – #29
Germany – #71

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Video: AVANTASIA Mainman Discusses Collaboration With MICHAEL KISKE, BOB CATLEY

Video footage of EDGUY mainman Tobias Sammet talking about working with former HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske and MAGNUM singer Bob Catley on the new AVANTASIA album, “The Mystery Of Time”, can be seen below. Continue reading Video: AVANTASIA Mainman Discusses Collaboration With MICHAEL KISKE, BOB CATLEY

AVANTASIA – ‘Sleepwalking’ Video Debuts

Today (March 22nd) the new AVANTASIA single ‘Sleepwalking’ has hit online stores for downloading.

Leader Tobias Sammet and the band have also shot a video clip for the track which was shot in a magical forest in Germany on a snowy winter‘s night. Tobias comments: “It was far below freezing. And there we were, standing in the snow storm for hours, walking through a haunted forest. It felt a bit like Sleepy Hollow meets Brothers Grimm, but the pictures that came out were really great and compensated for the torture.”

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AVANTASIA: ‘Sleepwalking’ Single Due This Week

On March 22, the single “Sleepwalking” from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet‘s AVANTASIA project will be available as a digital download, featuring a duet between Tobias and female vocalist Cloudy Yang.

“Sleepwalking” comes off AVANTASIA‘s new album, “The Mystery Of Time”, which will be released on March 30. The effort will be made available as a regular CD, limited-edition vinyl and limited-edition hardcover book with a 28-page booklet containing ten regular songs and two bonus tracks (“The Cross And You”, “Death Is Just A Feeling”). The cover artwork was hand-painted by world acclaimed British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Among Rodney‘s most famous artworks are not only album covers for rock legends such as MAGNUM, THIN LIZZY, ASIA and NAZARETH, he has also designed the characters for the TV series “Lavender Castle” and created the covers for novels by British fantasy author Michael Moorcock and many more.

“The Mystery Of Time” will feature guest appearances by Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, HELLOWEEN), SAXON frontman Biff Byford, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, drummer Russell Gilbrook of URIAH HEEP, AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (also ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), Ronnie Atkins of Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS and MR. BIG frontman Eric Martin.

The new AVANTASIA CD was recorded in part at VOX Klangstudio in Bendestorf, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, EDGUY, EPICA, RHAPSODY).

“The Mystery Of Time” track listing:

01. Spectres
02. The Watchmakers’ Dream
03. Black Orchid
04. Where Clock Hands Freeze
05. Sleepwalking
06. Savior In The Clockwork
07. Invoke The Machine
08. What’s Left Of Me
09. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

Immediately after the release of “The Mystery Of Time”, a metal opera based on a story written by Sammet, the band will embark on a full-fledged indoor tour, during which the band and special guests will bring the epic undertaking to the stage.

Since the performances will embrace all the different eras and history of AVANTASIA, these shows will feature an extended playing time and the entire evening will be dedicated to AVANTASIA with no support acts.

Tobias originally wanted to put AVANTASIA to rest after the release of the “The Flying Opera – Around The World In 20 Days” concert DVD in April 2011, but he has since had a change of heart.

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