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Avantasia

Formed: 2000
From: Mainz, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Avantasia News

Below is our complete Avantasia news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Avantasia Issues Tour Recap

Avantasia's Tobias Sammet has checked in with the following post-tour recap via his official website here:

"Finally I have cooled down a little after this extensive Avantasia world tour, finally I have found a few moments to write down my thoughts on the tour. I have been on several world tours, I must have played something like 700 concerts in my life and I have to say: It‘s never been so difficult to say goodbye after a tour.

"The Mystery World Tour was an amazing experience for me, never before an Avantasia tour has been spread out over four months, never before I heard so many bad jokes (from anyone other than me) and never before I came home missing touring so much that it actually hurt, although I was happy to be back with my loved ones and get some rest. I wondered myself what it is, that makes the difference between earlier tours and this tour, and I guess it‘s simple: First of all, the tour was long enough to get used to being around those lovely fellow Avantasians. Second, if I compare it to Edguy tours: whenever we say goodbye we know, we‘ll meet a couple of months later to conquer the world again, with Avantasia the future is completely uncertain.

"I was accused of lying when I hit the road for the Mystery World Tour after I had announced the end in 2011. But you can imagine, it is not that easy to rely on a return of Avantasia, it depends on a lot of parameters, not at least all the musicians and their personal schedules. I thank God that He gave us the chance to bring that line up together and do this tour, I hope we will do it again some day, but you can never take that for granted, nor plan it, let alone expect it to happen again. I just hope one day it will happen. For sure there will be another album in a couple of years. But as much as I would love to do a tour, I do not know if we‘ll ever find a time frame in the future, that will allow us to bring the project on the road again. The organisation, the schedules, everyone‘s individual obligations with their individual bands, it‘s grinding... That‘s why I am rather thankful that I was given that chance. More...

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Bloodstock Open Air Live Stream All Weekend

As previously reported the 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire, United Kingdom is streaming now and all weekend long.

To view all the action, head over to the live stream now.

Headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For a schedule of bands, head over to this location. More...

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Bloodstock Open Air Live Stream Available

The 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air, scheduled to begin on Thursday August 8th and continue through Sunday, August 11th, will be broadcast live from Derbyshire, U.K. via the live stream at Daily Motion, or by simply bookmarking this page and coming back to watch the entire feed in the player right here:


Live Stream - Bloodstock Festival 2013 by BloodstockFestival

The schedule for bands to be streamed live has not yet been finalized, however, headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For more information, head over to this location. More...

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Footage Of First North American Avantasia Show

Footage from Avantasia's first North American show, which was part of the week long Le Festival d'été de Québec in Québec City, Canada, was captured by Metal Underground.com on July 7, 2013. The band stopped in Canada on the "Mystery of Time" tour (see review here) on the way to Japan. The headline performance was cut short a bit due to the fact that lead vocalist Tobias Sammet had been suffering from the flu.

Amateur videos can be seen for the following tracks: "The Wicked Symphony," "Promised Land," "Scales of Justice" and "Sign of the Cross." Singers for the show included: Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann) (also on lead guitar), Thomas Rettke (Heaven's Gate), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Bob Cately (Magnum), Amanda Somerville (Trillium) and Michael Kiske (Ex-Helloween).

Check out the videos here: More...

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Bloodstock Adds More Bands To Festival Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have checked in with the following announcement about confirming more bands for this year's edition:

"Here at Bloodstock HQ we are excited to announce a whole batch of new additions for all three stages. There’s only seven weeks left to the most metal weekend of the year!! Have you got your tickets yet?!

"Opening Friday’s main stage, and fresh off the back of the release of ‘IV’, their first album in ten years, are British post metallers, Earthzone 9. The band are stoked to find their way to Catton Park’s hallowed ground, commenting 'Earthtone 9 have never played Bloodstock, so we could not be more excited! It's one of our only gigs this year, so we are truly going to make the most of it. There may well be some drinking!' You can pick up a free download of their single, ‘Horizon’s End’ at this location.

"On Sunday’s Sophie Lancaster stage, Sacred Mother Tongue get added. Having received huge plaudits for their second album, ‘Out of the Darkness’, and live shows, the Northampton based band are building quite the name for themselves. Check out the video for ‘A Light Will Shine’, here. More...

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Gama Bomb Added To Bloodstock Lineup

There’s yet more thrash for Bloodstock with Northern Irish upstarts Gama Bomb landing an opening slot on the Ronnie James Dio mainstage. The band is looking forward to churning up the Catton Park turf, commenting:

“Bloodstock: it’s just like Woodstock, but for heavy metal types, and replacing the love and peace with chips and Carling! And Slayer! Our UK fans have been asking for this for years, and now the dream is real. So pack your tent, back up your arse with bananas and send the word – The G-Bomb are comin’ to Bloodstock!"

The band’s fourth album, "The Terror Tapes," will be released next Monday 22nd April on AFM Records. Check out the new video for "Terrorscope" right here.

British heavy metal standard bearers Beholder also step in to an early mainstage slot on Saturday. Frontman Simon Hall says “For Beholder to actually be asked to do this, without me dropping to my knees and pleading like a bitch is a true acknowledgment of where the band is right now. To be on the best Bloodstock line-up ever is something we’re not going to approach lightly, and on Saturday 10th August, let’s show the rest of the world how true British Metal fans rule all!!”

The currently announced lineup is: More...

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Avantasia Streaming Full Album

The new Avantasia album “The Mystery Of Time” has officially hit stores in Europe (due out April 30th in North America), and now German newspaper BILD is hosting a full stream of the release. You can stream the album at this location (the stream is not available in all countries).

The record features 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), Bob Catley (Magnum), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) and more.

Avantasia also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Avantasia Posts Additional Interview Clips

Avantasia, the brainchild of Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet, posted additional interview segments, in which Sammet discusses his collaborations with former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and Magnum's Bob Catley. Avantasia released the new conceptual album "The Mystery of Time" in most of Europe last week, with the album dropping on April 3rd in Sweden and on April 30th in North America. The video for "Sleepwalking" can be viewed over here, with the first round of interview segments (about Biff Byford and Joe Lynn Turner) at this location.

Check out the clip regarding the collaboration with Michael Kiske here: More...

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Avantasia Posts Interview Footage

Avantasia, the brainchild of Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet, posted a couple of interview videos with Sammet discussing his collaborations with Saxon frontman Biff Byford and Ex-Deep Purple/Ex-Rainbow/Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Joe Lynn Turner. Avantasia is set to release the new conceptual album "The Mystery of Time" on the following schedule via Nuclear Blast Records:

March 29th (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway)
April 1st (UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Rep., Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece)
April 2nd (Italy)
April 3rd (Sweden) and;
April 30th (North America)

The band issued a music video for the track "Sleepwalking," which can be viewed this location.

Check out the first video, featuring Sammet discussing his collaboration with Biff Byford here: More...

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Avantasia Posts "Sleepwalking" Music Video

Tobias Sammet's Avantasia posted a new music video for "Sleepwalking," the first video fro the new LP "The Mystery of Time." The album is set to drop on March 29th (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway), April 1st (UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Rep., Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece), April 2nd (Italy) and April 3rd (Sweden) and April 30th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

"The Mystery of Time" features guest stars including 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 Bob Catley (Magnum), as well as the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg.

The video was produced by Oliver Sommer/AVA company and was shot in a magical forest in Germany. Check it out here: More...

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Avantasia Shoots New Music Video

On March 22nd the new Avantasia single "Sleepwalking" will hit the online stores for downloading. Tobias Sammet and Avantasia have also shot a video clip for the song (check out a photo from the video shoot below).

The video 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." More...

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Avantasia Posts Pre-Listening Album Preview

Tobias Sammet's Avantasia posted a pre-listening preview trailer for the new LP "The Mystery of Time." The album is set to drop on March 29th (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway), April 1st (UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Rep., Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece), April 2nd (Italy) and April 3rd (Sweden) and April 30th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

"The Mystery of Time" features guest appearances, which include 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 Bob Catley (Magnum), as well as the German Filmorcestra Babelsberg.

The track list for "The Mystery Of Time" is as follows:

1. Spectres
2. The Watchmakers' Dream
3. Black Orchid
4. Where Clock Hands Freeze
5. Sleepwalking
6. Savior In The Clockwork
7. Invoke The Machine (see lyric video)
8. What's Left Of Me
9. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

Check out the preview trailer here: More...

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Avantasia Posts Lyric Video For New Track

Tobias Sammet's Avantasia posted a lyric video for the new song "Invoke the Machine." The track features Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins and will appear on the new album "Mystery of Time." The album is set to drop on March 29th (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway), April 1st (UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Rep., Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece), April 2nd (Italy) and April 3rd (Sweden) via Nuclear Blast.

"The Mystery of Time" features 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 Bob Catley (Magnum), as well as the German Filmorcestra Babelsberg.

The track list is:

1. Spectres
2. The Watchmakers' Dream
3. Black Orchid
4. Where Clock Hands Freeze
5. Sleepwalking
6. Savior In The Clockwork
7. Invoke The Machine
8. What's Left Of Me
9. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

Check out "Invoke the Machine" here: More...

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Ten More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2013

The organisers of Britain's, Bloodstock Open Air festival have announced a further ten bands for this year's edition of the event, including Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus and Death Angel, as well as 3 Inches Of Blood, Scar Symmetry, Dying Fetus, Xerath, Bloodbound, Vanderbuyst, Scarab and The Prophecy. The event will take place at Catton Park from August 8 - 11th and will be headlined by Slayer, King Diamond and Lamb of God.

King Diamond (Headliner)
Lamb Of God (Headliner)
Slayer (Headliner)
3 Inches Of Blood
Amorphis
Accept
Anthrax
Avantasia
Bloodbound
Dark Funeral
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dying Fetus
Ex Deo
Exodus
Firewind
Fozzy
Hell
Kataklysm
Municipal Waste
Negligence
The Prophecy
Scar Symmetry
Scarab
Vanderbuyst
Whitechapel
Xerath

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Magnum Vocalist To Join Avantasia On Tour

Avantasia announced that Magnum vocalist Bob Catley will guest on the new "Mystery of Time" album due out this March. Catley will duet with Tobias Sammet on the track "The Great Mystery." In the video announcement below, Catley also indicated he will joine Avantasia on the upcoming world tour in support of the new release.

Catley joins a myriad of guest starts to appear on the album, including: Biff Byford (Saxon), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween/Unisonic), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS/ex-Meatloaf), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids),Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Ex-Vengeance) and legendary former Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Joe Lynn Turner.

Check out the video here: More...

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Avantasia Reveals "The Mystery Of Time" Art

After announcing a series of guest musicians to appear on the album, Avantasia has now unveiled the cover artwork for new release "The Mystery of Time."

Check out the artwork below, created by British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Tobias Sammet of Avantasia comments:

“It is a great honour for me to have Rodney create the artwork of ‘The Mystery Of Time.‘ Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork. I've had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start.

"I put a lot of energy into producing a very detailed and fascinating album, and Rodney had that same enthusiasm to create an artwork just as detailed and fascinating. This is a new chapter in Avantasia's history and I think it didn't deserve less than a magical painting by my favorite painter and childhood hero: The one and only Rodney Matthews!" More...

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Joe Lynn Turner Named Latest Avantasia Guest

After Biff Byford (Saxon), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween/Unisonic), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS/ex-Meatloaf), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Ex-Vengeance), Tobias Sammet has announced another guest star for the forthcoming new Avantasia LP in legendary former Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Joe Lynn Turner.

In addition, the track listing for the "Mystery of Time" LP, due out in March, has been revealed to be:

1. Spectres
2. The Watchmakers' Dream
3. Black Orchid
4. Where Clock Hands Freeze
5. Sleepwalking
6. Savior In The Clockwork
7. Invoke The Machine
8. What's Left Of Me
9. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

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Eric Martin Named As Latest Avantasia Guest

Avantasia announced that the latest addition in a line of guest appearances will be Mr. Big vocalist Eric Martin. Martin will sing a duet with Tobias Sammet on the "Mystery of Time" LP, due out in March.

Recently, the band announced the following guest appearances: Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins, Ayeron mastermind Arjen Lucassen, Saxon's Biff Byford, former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, Unisonic/Ex-Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg.

Check out Eric Martin's introduction video here: More...

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Avantasia Taps Pretty Maids Vocalist Atkins

Avantasia mastermind Tobias Sammet announced the next special guest for the forthcoming LP "The Mystery of Time," this time its Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins. The announcement reads as follows:

"After Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance), Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad, ex-KISS, ex-Meat Loaf) and the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg another participent can now be announced: It's Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins who will sing a role on the new Avantasia Metal Opera "The Mystery Of Time" (out in March 2013)."

Tobias commented on the addition of Atkins: "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!" More...

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