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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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AFM Records Announces 20 Year Compilation

2016 marks the 20th anniversary for Germany-based metal label AFM Records. Being in the business for two decades now and working with the “who's who” of the scene, the company is proud to present a special compilation of highlights and new tracks titled “20 Years - Metal Addiction."

Of course all the big names who were (and are) crucial for the label’s evolution during the years are featured here: Doro, U.D.O., Fear Factory, Evergrey, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire, Danzig, Leaves’ Eyes, Edguy, Destruction, Masterplan, D-A-D, Ministry and many more.

Two brand new, previously unreleased songs by Iron Mask and Eden’s Curse perfectly round off this extensive release, which comes up with a total of 52 tracks on 3 CDs. More...

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Avantasia Issues New Music Video "Draconian Love"

International act Avantasia - created by mastermind Tobias Sammet (Edguy) - released a new music video for the track "Draconian Love." The song features the vocals of Sinbreed/Beyond the Bridge/Symphonity's Herbie Langhans and was taken from the latest release "Ghostlights" (check out our review at this location.

Footage was captured during the band's recent "Ghostlights" tour performance in Brazil. A review for the band's New York City performance on April 15th can be read at this location, with a photo gallery over here.

Check out "Draconian Love" here:

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Avantasia Lights Up New York City

Concerts come and concerts go. The more concerts we see, the less distinctive they become against the backdrop of such numbers. As we get older, it seems each show etches away a fragment of that youthful excitement – the part that props our heroes up on a mantle where they are only revered for the music they create. In 2016, there are so many opportunities to view our heroes from the other side of the stage – whether it is via “meet and greets” or just through the accessibility of social media, which proves as much amazing as it is awful. Our heroes become so human that it etches away the luster of the mantle which our youthful excitement once raised them on. In this regard, perhaps those who feel “rock is dead” may just have a point.

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Avantasia Issues New Music Video

Avantasia - the brainchild of Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet - issued a new music video for the track "Mystery of a Blood Red Rose." The song is taken from the band's new album "Ghostlights," which drops in Europe today (USA release on February 5th) via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out our review for the album at this location.

The track list for "Ghostlights" is:

1. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
2. Let The Storm Descend Upon You
3. The Haunting
4. Seduction Of Decay
5. Ghostlights
6. Draconian Love
7. Master Of The Pendulum
8. Isle Of Evermore
9. Babylon Vampyres
10. Lucifer
11. Unchain The Light
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies

Check out the clip here: More...

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Avantasia Premieres New Song "Ghostlights"

Tobias Sammets' Avantasia premieres the title track of the band's upcoming new album "Ghostlights", which will be released worldwide on January 29th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

Check out now "Ghostlights" below.

The "Ghostlights" track listing is as follows: More...

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Avantasia Announces Return To North America

Avantasia - the band created by Edguy frontman Tobi Sammet - announced that the band will make its long awaited U.S. debut this April on the "Ghostlights" tour, which will also include the second appearance in Canada. A review for "Ghostlights" can be found at this location.

Slated to appear at the shows are: Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween/Kiske-Somerville), Jorn Lande (ex-MasterPlan/Allen-Lande), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Amanda Somerville (Trillium/Kiske-Somerville), Herbie Langhans (Sinbreed/Beyond the Bridge), Sascha Paeth (ex-Heaven's Gate), Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann) and more.

The show was joint effort of Infinity Concerts (ProgPower USA promoter Milton Mendonca), T Presents and Overload. Tickets for the New York City show will go on sale on Saturday, January 16th at this location.

Sammet commented: "Great news - my North American friends: WE'RE COMING BACK! You know, the few memories I have of our last Avantasia show in Canada are a bit blurry. Back then I went from hospital right to the stage as I had some real mean flu. I was so high on whatever medication the doctor gave me to make the show, all I remember are the green little creatures in my dressing room that were calling me names but always disappeared under the sofa whenever I tried to catch them to confront them with their silly behavior… Now, looking at the video I sounded quite a bit awful, ha! But I've been told I was funny and a very happy person that night.

"AND I AM HAPPY TO SAY WE'LL BE BACK - IN GREAT SHAPE: Toronto and New York confirmed, West Coast show in the works. Unfortunately Bob [Cately] won't be able to join us for the dates outside Europe as he will be off on a Magnum tour, but we'll bring Michi Kiske, Jorn Lande, Eric Martin, Ronnie Atkins, Amanda Somerville, Herbie Langhans, Sascha Paeth, Olli Hartmann and ME of course… And Miro. And Andre on bass… And as if that wasn't enough on drums there will be no other than...THE DRUMMER!!! Can't wait to hit the stage!"

Confirmed dates are as follows:

APRIL 13 - CANADA - Toronto, Queen Elizabeth Theater
APRIL 15 - USA - New York, Playstation Theater

Here's a little clip from the last Avantasia show in Canada at the Festival d'été de Québec in 2013 (check out the gallery of pics from the event at this location): More...

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Avantasia Premieres New Album Trailer

Avantasia premieres a new song snippets of the songs "Let The Storm Descend Upon You", "Unchain The Light", "Master Of The Pendulum", "Seduction Of Decay" und "Ghostlights", all taken from the upcoming new album "Ghostlights", which will be released worldwide on January 29th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

Check out now the new "Ghostlights"-trailer below.

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Avantasia Solves A "Mystery Of The Blood Red Rose"

Avantasia unleashed a lyric video for the new track "Mystery of the Blood Red Rose." The song is the opening track to the upcoming new and seventh studio release "Ghostlights," which will be released worldwide on January 29th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The song will be available for download on Friday, December 11th.

The limited edition of the album will feature a huge 68-page book with more than 100 photos and a full live album as a bonus. Pre-order your copy at this location.

The track list for "Ghostlights" is:

1. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose 3:51
2. Let The Storm Descend Upon You 12:09
3. The Haunting 4:42
4. Seduction Of Decay 7:18
5. Ghostlights 5:43
6. Draconian Love 4:58
7. Master Of The Pendulum 5:01
8. Isle Of Evermore 4:28
9. Babylon Vampyres 7:09
10. Lucifer 3:48
11. Unchain The Light 5:03
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies 5:53

Check out "Mystery of the Blood Red Rose" here: More...

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Avantasia Announces Bonus Live Album

On January 29th, the new Avantasia album "Ghostlights" will hit stores. The limited edition version will feature a huge 68-page book with more than 100 photos and a full live album as a bonus.

The new single "Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose" will premiere during the Tobias Sammet Rockshow on RadioBob this Wednesday, December 9th at 21:00 CET. The song will be available for download on Friday, December 11th. The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose 3:51
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You 12:09
03. The Haunting 4:42
04. Seduction Of Decay 7:18
05. Ghostlights 5:43
06. Draconian Love 4:58
07. Master Of The Pendulum 5:01
08. Isle Of Evermore 4:28
09. Babylon Vampyres 7:09
10. Lucifer 3:48
11. Unchain The Light 5:03
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies 5:53 More...

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Avantasia Releasing New Single

Christmas is drawing near, and Tobias Sammet has got his Nutcracker suit on already! If you listen to the Tobias Sammet Rockshow on Radio Bob this coming December 9th you will get a world-exclusive pre-listening of the new Avantasia une.

On December 11th the single will also be digitally available from iTunes and other platforms officially. The nutcracker aka Tobi comments:

"'Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose' is a song I originally wrote with Meat Loaf in the back of my mind - but for some reason the collaboration didn't happen, so I did the song myself. The choirs alone took more than 40 hours to arrange and record - for a four minute song! That pretty much says it all. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing and 'More is more!' Have a great day!" More...

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Avantasia Details New Album "Ghostlights"

Avantasia's seventh album, "Ghostlights," will be released worldwide on January 29th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Today, Tobias Sammet proudly presents the cover and announces the tracklist, as well as the various formats, in which the upcoming record will be available.

The opus features guest appearances of Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Marco Hietala, Sharon Den Adel, Michael Kiske, Ronnie Atkins, Bob Catley, Jorn Lande, Bruce Kulick, Robert Mason, Herbie Langhans, Oliver Hartmann and Sascha Paeth.

The record contains twelve songs and was produced by Tobias and Sascha Paeth in Gatestudio Wolfsburg, Germany. Paeth is responsible for engineering and mixing "Ghostlights," too. Mastering was done by Michael Rodenberg.

The instrumentalists on "Ghostlights" are the following:

Sascha Paeth - rhythm guitars, lead guitars, bass, additional keys
Michael Rodenberg - orchestration, keys
Tobias Sammet - additional keys and bass
Bruce Kulick - lead guitars
Oliver Hartmann - lead guitars
Felix Bohnke - drums

The track list is:

CD:

01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose 3:51
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You 12:09
03. The Haunting 4:42
04. Seduction Of Decay 7:18
05. Ghostlights 5:43
06. Draconian Love 4:58
07. Master Of The Pendulum 5:01
08. Isle Of Evermore 4:28
09. Babylon Vampyres 7:09
10. Lucifer 3:48
11. Unchain The Light 5:03
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies 5:53 More...

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Avantasia Recruits Bruce Kulick For New Album

The never ending stream of guest musicians on Avantasia's upcoming album continues as today Nuclear Blast reveals guitarist Bruce Kulick as the latest addition.

He‘s become part of rock history as the lead guitarist of Kiss, Michael Bolton, Meat Loaf, and Grand Funk Railroad. Like a bat out of hell he was back in the studio to record some lead guitars for the new Avanantasia release "Ghostlights."

Tobias Sammet comments: "I remember I was eleven years old when I had a Kiss 'Crazy Nights' poster on the wall, 20 years later Bruce asked me to co-write and lay down vocals for a song on his solo album 'BKIII' (highly recommended to check out), which was a great honor for me. Bruce is a great guy, a pro and an outstanding guitar player, he comes from a different background than me, which makes it even more exciting to have him on the 'Ghostlights' album (out January 2016 via Nuclear Blast)."

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Avantasia Recruits Marco Hietala For New Album

What do Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, Michael Kiske, Robert Mason, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Olli Hartmann and me have in common with Marco Hietala of Nightwish?

They'll all be on the new Avantasia album "Ghostlights" due out on January 29, 2016! Tobias Sammet had this to say about the latest addition to the album's lineup:

"About Marco: It was August 1997 and we were in Helsinki to mix the 'Vain Glory Opera' album of Edguy when someone played the band Tarot to me. That great band seemed to be some sort of a legend in Finland (in Germany Tarot were not really known at the time). A few years later a band called Nightwish had appeared on the map and were about to take the European metal world upside down. Edguy played a festival in England with Saxon and amongst others: Nightwish!

"I remember even though they had a great female vocalist how much I loved the rendition of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' that they did - if I remember correctly - which was sung by their bass player. You know, a lot of bass players are bass players because they wanna be in a band too; and there's only so much damage you can do to the sound of a band with just a bass. Sometimes they're only in the band because they talk enough to organize things or they have a day job to finance the first demo recordings, nice stage clothes, or sun glasses, but at the end of the day, most of them aren't taken seriously because… well, because they're bass players. :) And they're always suspicious... ;) More...

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Ronnie Atkins To Appear On Avantasia Album

Fans in Europe and Asia have already had the pleasure to see the Danish rocker on stage with the metal opera - now the whole world is going to get their share of Pretty Maids' powerhouse Ronnie Atkins.

He will not only appear on the new Avantasia album 'Ghostlights,' he will also join the massive all-star lineup on stage around the globe during the "Ghostlights" world tour 2016. The European tour will start in March, with tour dates in other parts of the world to be announced soon.

"Ghostlights" will be out January 29, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Singers who have been confirmed for the album are Michael Kiske, Jorn Lande, Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, and Bob Catley. More to be announced soon!

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Avantasia Taps Dee Snider For New Album

In addition to Jorn Lande and Geoff Tate, Avantasia has now revealed another appearance on upcoming album "Ghostlights" - none other than Twisted Sister's Dee Snider!

"Ghostlights" is due out on January 29, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. Avantasia's Tobias Sammet comments: "I've always been a fan of Twisted Sister and Dee Snider in particular. He is entertaining, flamboyant, energetic, loud, tongue in cheek, colourful and mean! When I was young, I remember that he was the kind of character that I wanted to be. A crossing between peacock, jackal and Bugs Bunny. I loved it! On "Ghostlights" Dee is gonna be a ghost, and what a ghost he is. Great performance. Dee, welcome to the Avantasia family!" More...

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Geoff Tate To Appear On Avantasia Album

Avantasia's 7th studio album "Ghostlights" will be released via Nuclear Blast in early 2016. After revealing the return of Jorn Lande, another guest star can be announced - Operation: Mindcrime (former Queensryche) vocalist Geoff Tate.

This news may be met with a somewhat less enthusiastic response considering how Operation: Mindcrime's new album "The Key" is being received overall (reviewed here).

Avantasia's Tobias comments: "I am proud to announce a very special guest today: Mr. Geoff Tate! I have been fortunate enough to meet many amazing classic metal vocalists. Whenever we've talked about our influence as vocalists the name Geoff Tate was brought up.

"Throughout his incredible career of more than 30 years Geoff has constantly explored new territory as an artist and vocalist, while he has always managed to maintain this distinctive signature vocal sound that makes him stand out.

"His contribution sounds nothing but amazing, and you will immediately know why the man had such a huge impact on vocalists and fans around the globe! Enchanting, unique, amazing, progressive in the purest sense of the word! Thank you for joing the Avamtasoa family, Geoff Tate!"

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Avantasia Announces Return Of Jorn Lande

Avantasia is currently working on a new album titled "Ghostlights" to see release next year. The band has now checked in with this update about regrouping with Jorn Lande:

"It is with great pleasure that I can announce the Beast From The North to join forces with Avantasia once again. The Striking Viking: Jorn Lande!

"We've just finished his vocal recordings and he sounds - what a surprise - KILLER! Jorn is a monster! It is with even greater pleasure to let you know that Jorn is gonna do the world tour next year, kicking off in March!

"Avantasia live - 3 hours every night, from the 'Metal Opera' to the new album 'Ghostlights.' We'll be an epic line up and we'll deliver an epic show. Check tour dates at our website and get your tickets before we sell out.| More...

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Avantasia Issues Album Update

The sequel to latest Avantasia album "The Mystery Of Time" (reviewed here) will be called "Ghostlights" and is scheduled to be released in early 2016. Tobias Sammet has now checked in with the following update:

"New Avantasia on vocals! On a rainy August night in an old haunted studio... Thunder & lightning outside, the devil inside... Avantasia!!! Material sounds majestic so far! Recording one of the singers for the new album & tour. The stars have lined up! Now, who is the beast behind the microphone? Ideas? let me know...

"Looking forward to album release in January & the live shows in March, 3 hrs every night. Metal Opera, Scarecrow, Ghostlights... everything!" More...

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Avantasia Announces New Album

The original is back: Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet has returned to the studio to work on the new chapter of Avantasia.

The sequel to latest album "The Mystery Of Time" (2013) will be called "Ghostlights" and is scheduled to be released in early 2016. An EP/single is also planned to be released for this autumn, and in March 2016 a giant all-star ensemble will set off on the Ghostlights World Tour.

Tobias Sammet comments: "In the past months I've spent a lot of time in the studio, an odd recluse in the basement, secretly working obsessively on something that reads and feels and sounds like a new - very strong - chapter in the story of Avantasia. I must say Avantasia is a fantastic outlet for creativity, and it's truly inspiring to create a piece of music for so many great vocalists and instrumentalists.

"The new material is very bombastic and dynamic, and even though it's extremely diverse, every minute of it sounds like Avantasia. I'm really proud of what we're creating right now. And as if that wasn't enough: I'm anxiously looking forward to hitting the road again. I didn't necessarily expect this to happen as in the past it has always been difficult to align the individual schedules of the guest stars, but things have worked out, and we're ready to make it happen one more time! We'll put on a big show, we're gonna play over three hours, and we'll take the fans to a magical world all its own - to Avantasia. The live setlist is going to embrace the entire history of Avatnasia, from 'The Metal Opera' to 'Ghostlights' and of course everything in between!"

The world tour will kick off in Berlin on March 4th, 2016. Dates are as follows: More...

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Tobias Sammet Launching Radio Show

On August 13th, Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) will join the club of vocalists who host their own radio show.

Every Wednesday from 9:00 PM to midnight, Tobias is going to play his favorite rock and metal music and talk about whatever comes to his mind.

Just like Alice Cooper's show, the Tobias Sammet Rock Show will be broadcast on Radio Bob, and you can stream it at this location.

Edguy's latest album "Space Police - Defenders of the Crown" (reviewed here) is out now, and you can check out a music video from the release below. More...

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