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Avantasia

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

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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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Nightwish Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
NIGHTWISH
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Wacken 2008

The Gaahl-fronted version of the Norwegian black metal band GORGOROTH has been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The group will be one of the headliners on the event's "Black Stage." The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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Edguy Frontman Answers Fans Questions

EDGUY/AVANTASIA mastermind Tobias Sammet's official web site has been updated with the following question-and-answer session:

Q: Your new [AVANTASIA] EPs have entered the top10 of the single charts in various countries, a.o. at #9 in Germany, in Sweden even at #3 and #4. Are you satisfied with everything so far?

Sammet: When the record company told me about the single chart entry, I was overwhelmed. Nobody could have expected this, especially unlike all the other Top10 hits our song wasn't played on radio or TV. It was just the hardcore of my fans who made this possible, and that's what I am really thankful for. On one hand, the most important thing is that I am happy with the material myself but on the other hand, chart positions like that are the icing on the cake. We are the first band on our label Nuclear Blast Records that has a single rocketing into the Top10 upon its release.

Q: I don't know if this has got through to you at all, but there are a few of your older fans that don't like the softer direction especially of the song "Lost In Space". They accuse you of selling out commercially. Any comment on this?

Sammet: That's totally unfair. Every successful artist has to go through this, I guess, especially when you dare to break down a few stylistic barriers here and there. I love the song as it is, and everybody's got the right to like or dislike it. But nobody has the right to come up with accusals of things that are just not true. It is good for our beloved metal to break out of certain schemes, be controversial and take a risk. I don't wanna be a square and boring slave that wants to be loved by everybody and that delivers ten speed metal songs just because someone demands it. I know that especially in Japan my fans would have loved to have ten speed metal songs, even a copy of the first two AVANTASIA albums. But they understand I can't do that, because it would be dishonest and unfair. Maybe I'd get a lot of money for that, but I can not do things just because someone demands anything. "Avantasia 1" and "2" are parts of me, and you will surely hear that on "The Scarecrow". But nevertheless I wanna come up with new elements as well, no matter if I get flak or not! "Lost In Space" is one of two radio-friendly songs that will never be heard on radio, I guess; the rest of the album is heavier stuff. The whole discussion is completely stupid.

Q: So to put your fans at ease we can assure, that you won't become the German Jon Bon Jovi.

Sammet: Haha, it seems like he is the public enemy number one for the young heavy metal generation. I gotta say something: BON JOVI headlined the Monsters Of Rock in Donington 1987, I love his old stuff. But I am Tobias Sammet. An artist with the name Tobias Sammet will be ignored by radio whatever I do. Bon Jovi gets airplay because of his name. If you know how the music biz works you gotta admit that — no matter how radio friendly "Lost In Space" may appear to some fans — the chance to get airplay equals almost zero. Tailoring a song in order to get airplay would be lunatic.

Q: To come to an end with the commerce topic, a last reproach of a few fans: Some reproach you for sell out because you released two EPs prior to the album:

Sammet: Bollocks! The labels need singles in order to get attention for the forthcoming record. I just don't like singles, because I wouldn't wanna buy a CD with one song in three versions. We just had so much additional material, so we did two singles with a lot of bonus stuff. A single is very important to prepare the market for the release of an album but ecconomically they generate a big loss, everybody who knows the business will have to admit that. All you can do is hope that the single enters the charts on a good position, because that will make the retailers order bigger amounts of the real album later on. That's an important thing, the CD market is doing so bad these days, you gotta make sure your album is available out there.

Q: Okay, then we have finally cleared this up. So after "Lost In Space" what do we have to expect from the forthcoming album "The Scarecrow"? The EPs had a lot of variety already, will that variety continue on the album?

Sammet: Absolutely! There will be a lot of elements on the album resembling the first two AVANTASIA albums, but there's also gonna be more variety. There is the highly bombastic title track with a running time of more than eleven minutes, which could doubtlessly be the mature brother of "The Seven Angels". We have heavy groovers like "Twisted Mind" or the eerie "The Toy Master" that has a weird horror touch, thanks to Alice Cooper and his cutting voice. But there'll be also a few singalong rock songs like "Lost In Space" or a modern semi-ballad called "Carry Me Over". I'd say it's basically a bombastic metal album, but I was impudent enough to dare to include uncommon elements here and there, just to make it a bit more exciting. The metal press says that it's the strongest AVANTASIA album so far, that it sounds like AVANTASIA but that it also sounds very fresh, new and mature. Despite a BON JOVI single I can't be that wrong I guess, haha. By the way, wait until people see the second video "Carry Me Over", people who thought "Lost In Space" was commercial will crucify me after that one, haha. But that's my definition of metal: I know that I'll get flak and people wanna kill me for doing certain things, but I do what I like anyway.

Q: What do you think, you'll achieve with this new record? Do you think you will repeat the success you had with "The Metal Opera Part 1 & 2"?

Sammet: Hard to say. Success is a feeling you give to yourself. To me success means to love the record I have recorded, even though the record was way more expensive than I had expected, Haha. Every aspect of the production was top notch, we mixed six weeks, we mastered a whole week, we worked in the best and most expensive studios. I had the chance to work with icons like Alice Cooper and Rudolf Schenker. I am so damn happy with the album and the many beautiful recollections of the recording process. One press guy told me that this could become a milestone in metal history. Well, I am not in the position to judge and I don't know that. All I can do is hope that a lot of other people out there will be very happy with this album as well.

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Four More Bands Confirmed For Wacken 2008

PRIMORDIAL, GOREROTTED, POWERWOLF and AUTUMN are the latest bands confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The festival will be headlined next year by IRON MAIDEN. The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, GOREROTTED, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, OBITUARY, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

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Avantasia Storm Norwegian Charts

AVANTASIA's new song, 'Lost In Space', had made its debut on the Norwegian single charts at #4, officially making it the highest single chart entry in the history of Nuclear Blast Records. Along with entering the Swedish charts at #3 and #4, and in Germany at #9, 'Lost In Space' is the highest single chart entry in the history of Nuclear Blast Records.

Leader Tobias Sammet (EDGUY) comments: "It doesn't really matter if it's a Top10 hit or not, most important is that I am happy with it and most fans seem to enjoy the material too. It seems like there are a lot of people out there who appreciate honest hand made music and I am very thankful for that."

Also, only on iTunes you will find an extended bonus version 'Lost In Space' featuring ex-HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske. This version is available for only 99 cents at iTunes now.

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Avantasia Enter German And Swedish Charts

AVANTASIA's "Lost in Space - Part 1" and "Lost in Space - Part 2" EPs have entered the official Swedish chart at position No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. In Germany the CD landed at No. 9 on the Media Control chart. It is the highest single chart entry in the history of Nuclear Blast Records.

Commented AVANTASIA mastermind Tobias Sammet (also of EDGUY): "It doesn't really matter if it's a Top 10 hit or not, most important is that I am happy with it and most fans seem to enjoy the material too. It seems like there are a lot of people out there who appreciate honest hand made music

Apart from the identical title track, both releases feature completely different, exclusive songs plus videos, a poster, studio reports, a "making-of," a slideshow, and loads of enhanced bonus material, each for the price of a CD single.

AVANTASIA will perform at next year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are IRON MAIDEN (headliners), CHILDREN OF BODOM and KREATOR, among others.

In a recent interview, Sammet described the music on the new AVANTASIA CD as "diversified, pomp metal with some classic rock elements, Classic orchestrated moments and Celtic stuff, a big timeless production and so on and so forth. It's going to consist of many different elements. Bombastic kick-ass music with a lot of heart and depth."

The new AVANTASIA album will be a concept album featuring different singers singing different characters in a story. But the concept itself won't be a sequel to the first two AVANTASIA albums.

AVANTASIA's last release was the two-part epic called "The Metal Opera" (issued in 2001 and 2002), which featured an impressive array of guest vocalists playing the various characters of the opera, including Michael Kiske (ex-HELLOWEEN), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION), Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY), André Matos (ANGRA, SHAAMAN), Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS), Rob Rock (WARRIOR), and others.

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As I Lay Dying Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

San Diego's AS I LAY DYING has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
OBITUARY
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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KSE Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The festival will be headlined next year by IRON MAIDEN. The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

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Kamelot Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

Tampa-based power metallers KAMELOT are the latest act confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Wacken Open Air, which is scheduled for July 31st - August 2nd, in Wacken, Germany. This will be an exclusive German Festival appearance for 2008.

Acts on the Wacken bill now include headliners IRON MAIDEN, CARCASS (reunion show), AT THE GATES (reunion show), AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY (Best Of Show), DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, HATEBREED, KAMELOT, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

In other Kamelot news, the band are busy working on a special edition live CD, new songwriting and also preparing for the upcoming Headliner European tour and eventual North American Tour for 2008. Kamelot released it's blockbuster CD Ghost Opera in June 2007 on SPV/Steamhammer. The album charted in the following countries:
Norway - #25
Sweden - #29
Finland - #35
USA - #48 (indie charts)
The Netherlands - #51
Germany - #61
France - #83
Switzerland - #88
Greece - #23 (foreign albums)
Japan - #13 (international albums)
United Kingdom - #24 (rock & metal charts)

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Avantasia Post 'Lost In Space' Video Online

The video for the song "Lost in Space" from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project can be viewed here. Also available here is an eight-minute EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the forthcoming six-track albums from AVANTASIA — "Lost in Space Part 1" and "Lost in Space Part 2". Apart from the identical title track, both releases (which are due on November 16) will feature completely different, exclusive songs plus videos, a poster, studio reports, a "making-of," a slideshow, and loads of enhanced bonus material, each for the price of a CD single.

The track listing for the two EPs is as follows:

"Lost in Space Part 1":

01. Lost In Space (mp3 clip)
02. Lay All Your Love On Me
03. Another Angel Down (feat. Jorn Lande)
04. The Story Ain't Over (feat. Bob Catley & Amanda Somerville)
05. Return To Avantasia
06. Ride The Sky (feat. Eric Singer on vocals)
07. Lost In Space (video clip)
08. Lost In Space (making of the video clip)
09. Photo Gallery + Poster

"Lost in Space Part 2":

01. Lost In Space
02. Promised Land (feat. Jorn Lande and Michael Kiske) (mp3 clip)
03. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
04. Scary Eyes
05. In My Defense
06. Lost In Space (alive at Gate studio, feat. Amanda Somerville)
07. The Road To Avantasia (studio report with interview)
08. Slideshow More...

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The Bones Confirmed For Wacken 2008

Swedish punk 'n' roll masters THE BONES have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (headliners)
CARCASS
HATEBREED
CHILDREN OF BODOM
AVANTASIA
KREATOR
SONATA ARCTICA
SALTATIO MORTIS
THE BONES

THE BONES recently posted another track from their upcoming album, "Burnout Boulevard", which will hit stores on October 22. You can listen to "Mighty Touchdown" at the group's MySpace page.

"Burnout Boulevard", the band's first album for Century Media Records, will be available as a CD and luxurious limited-edition digipak, including two bonus tracks, a video enhancement, poster and sticker. The CD was produced by lead guitarist Marcus "Boner" Petersson and recorded at the renowned MWC Studio in the band's hometown of Karlskrona, Sweden while the pre-production was done at Music-A-Matic Studios in Gothenburg (MILLENCOLLIN, THE HELLACOPTERS, THE NOMADS, D.A.D.).

"Burnout Boulevard" track listing:

01. Mighty Touchdown (3:52)
02. Flatline Fever (2:36)
03. She Hates Me (Yeah Yeah Yeah) (1:49)
04. Stuck In The Mud (2:57)
05. Not My Kind (1:42)
06. Straight Flush Ghetto (2:08)
07. Sealed With A Fist (2:28)
08. Dead Weight (2:14)
09. Ain't Life A Motherfucker (2:32)
10. Not Predictable (3:29)
11. Destination X (1:40)
12. Black Day Boogie (3:18)
13. Too Many Miles (3:25)
14. Fools Vacation (2:33)
15. Fit In My Skin (2:35)

THE BONES lineup:

Boner - Lead Guitar and Backup/Lead Vocals
Spooky Fred - Drums and Backup Vocals
Andi Nero - Bass and Backup Vocals
Beef Bonanza - Guitar and Lead Vocals

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Hatebreed Confirmed For Wacken 2008

Connecticut-based hardcore/metal band HATEBREED has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (headliners)
CARCASS
HATEBREED
CHILDREN OF BODOM
AVANTASIA
KREATOR
SONATA ARCTICA
SALTATIO MORTIS

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Edguy Frontman Undergoes Surgery

EDGUY/AVANTASIA frontman Tobias Sammet recently underwent appendix surgery and is currently recovering in a German hospital.

Sammet has confirmed via his official web site that SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker and rock legend Alice Cooper will appear on the third installment of his AVANTASIA project, entitled "Lost in Space Part 1 and Part 2" (the "Scarecrow" working title has now apparently been scrapped). Other guests confirmed to appear on AVANTASIA's new CD include Sascha Paeth, Henjo Richter, Eric Singer (KISS, ALICE COOPER), Miro, Michael Kiske (ex-HELLOWEEN), Jorn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN), Bob Catley and Amanda Somerville.

AVANTASIA will perform at next year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are IRON MAIDEN (headliners), CHILDREN OF BODOM and KREATOR.

In a recent interview, Sammet described the music on the new AVANTASIA CD as "diversified, pomp metal with some classic rock elements, Classic orchestrated moments and Celtic stuff, a big timeless production and so on and so forth. It's going to consist of many different elements. Bombastic kick-ass music with a lot of heart and depth."

Check out photos from the recording sessions at this location.

The new AVANTASIA album will be a concept album featuring different singers singing different characters in a story. But the concept itself won't be a sequel to the first two AVANTASIA albums.

"Lost in Space Part 1 and Part 2" is scheduled for release on October 19.

AVANTASIA's last release was the two-part epic called "The Metal Opera" (issued in 2001 and 2002), which featured an impressive array of guest vocalists playing the various characters of the opera, including Michael Kiske (ex-HELLOWEEN), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION), Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY), André Matos (ANGRA, SHAAMAN), Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS), Rob Rock (WARRIOR), and others.

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Avantasia Announce Title Of New Album

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has set "The Scarecrow" as the title of the third installment of his AVANTASIA solo project. The album is being produced by Sascha Paeth, who also played the rhythm guitar on the CD. The drums were laid down by KISS/ALICE COOPER drummer Eric Singer and the bass is being handled by Tobias himself.

Commented Sammet: "I am right now in the studio doing some vocal sessions. In about two weeks I am going to fly to England to work with a friend of mine on some vocals.

"Fans and record companies who are interested always ask me for the names of my guest musicians. I want you all to know that I am blessed to work with the best musicians, but I don't believe in making names more important than the music itself. I am working with some childhood heroes of mine and most important, with great personalities, true friends, and the greatest musicians you can think of. More...

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