"We're Not Gonna Take It", "I Wanna Rock", "The Kids Are Back"... There's hardly any rock fan around the globe who isn't familiar with the big hits Twisted Sister, whose frontman Dee Snider is going to appear on the new Avantasia album Ghostlights (out on January 29th, 2016). Besides Tobias Sammet, vocalists who have been confirmed for the new chapter of the Metal Opera are Geoff Tate (ex-Queensrÿche, Operation: Mindcrime), Jorn Lande, Bob Catley (Magnum) and Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic). More singers are going to be announced soon.
Two more singers have been confirmed as guests on the new Avantasia record in the works. On January 29th, the band's 7th studio album Ghostlights will hit the stores. After Jørn Lande, other guest stars have been announced: Operation: Mindcrime vocalist Geoff Tate as well as former Helloween and current Unisonic vocalist Michael Kiske. Michael Kiske will not only appear on the album, he will also join Avantasia on the Ghostlights world tour 2016.
Last month, Tobias Sammet announced that he was working on a new Avantasia album to the delight of fans. The new album and a world tour will come in 2016 but there is more. The first guest vocalist for the new Avantasia album and tour has now been announced. None other than singer Jørn Lande (Masterplan, Jorn, Allen/Lande) will appear on Ghostlights (out in January).
As it turns out, fans of Avantasia won't have to wait that long for the follow-up to The Mystery Of Time. In fact, in January 2016, Avantasia are going to release the sequel to The Mystery Of Time. The next chapter of the saga will be called Ghostlights. After an Edguy album last year, Tobias Sammet has been keeping himself busy. In March, the all-star ensemble will kick off the Ghostlights world tour, and the tickets are on presale now. Who's excited about the new album?
Things have been quiet around Avantasia's camp. But now AFM Records is taking a trip down memory lane and the band's milestone albums The Metal Opera Part I and The Metal Opera Part II will be reissued as picture vinyls. April 17th will see the release of these albums for the first time ever as 180g double picture vinyl editions limited to 1000 units worldwide.
The symphonic metallers Avantasia have released the first video for the song "Sleepwalking" off their upcoming album. Take a look at the result below and this is also an opportunity to listen to another new song from The Mystery Of Time, which is due out next week, on March 29th in Europe and April 30th in North America via Nuclear Blast.
Tobias Sammet of Avantasia has just announced that the new single, for the song "Sleepwalking", will be released on March 22nd and will be available as download single featuring a duet with female vocalist Cloudy Yang. The song for this single is taken from Avantasia's new upcoming album The Mystery Of Time, which will be out on March 29th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Tobias Sammet has given fans the chance to listen to some previews of Avantasia's upcoming album The Mystery Of Time as the album release date approaches fast. The pre-listening is available on the YouTube video located below.
Avantasia have officially presented the first track from their upcoming album The Mystery Of Time. You can now listen to an edit version of the song called "Invoke The Machine" on the lyric video below. Besides the band's mastermind Tobias Sammet, the track features Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins as a guest singer.
The cover for the forthcoming Avantasia album The Mystery Of Time has just been unveiled. You can feast your eyes below on the artwork which was hand-painted by world acclaimed British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. The album's release date has now been set for March 30th.
The tracklist for the forthcoming Avantasia album has just been announced today. The metal opera The Mystery Of Time will feature 10 songs and is planned for a worldwide release in March. Lyrically, it will be conceptual story.
The guest list keeps growing bigger. After Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss) and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, another participant can now be announced. Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins (his birth certificate reads Paul Christensen) has also been confirmed as one of the guest vocalist on Avantasia's Metal Opera The Mystery Of Time due out in March.
It has been confirmed that Ayreon's mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen will also guest on Avantasia's forthcoming album The Mystery Of Time, joining the immensity of guests the band has already announced. Avantasia have also confirmed indoor shows in Argentina, Brazil and Chile in June (2013) with more South American dates to be announced soon.
Legendary ex-Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske will guest on Avantasia's forthcoming album The Mystery Of Time. He joins Uriah Heep's drummer Russell Gilbrook, producer and guitarist Sascha Paeth, former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick and Saxon vocalist Peter Byford. Below you can check out a video of the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg recordings and also hear a little sample of the album, to be released in March of 2013.
As you probably know by now, Avantasia has a new album called The Mystery Of Time coming up, to be released in March 2013 on Nuclear Blast Records, and it will be followed by a live venture starting in April with numerous guest stars - The Mystery World Tour. The first headlining indoor tour dates have finally been revealed with shows in Switzerland, Italy and Germany. Avantasia will play three-hour shows.