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.
Update from Tobias Sammet: "Hey friends, as you know I am currently working on a new Avantasia album. It's a lot of work, but I am so proud of what we are creating right now - it's amazing stuff. As my little Christmas gift to, and to make Christmas even a little more exciting for you, I'll reveal some secrets today: Of course, Michael Kiske is on board again! I bet you expected this, you can hear him loud and clear, and he is still the number one vocalist in that range - unbelievable! But, what is really new: For the first time in the history of Avantasia, we're working with a real symphonic orchestra: The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg! You may remember it, they have worked with Rammstein, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, and also with Edguy on the Hellfire Club album. It's an enchanting fairytale we are working on, so we really have no choice but to finally have a real orchestra - after all it's an epic Rock-, or probably Metal Opera! Okay, I don't wanna talk much, but wish you a Happy Christmas. If you click on the clip below, you can check out the orchestra recordings and also, you'll hear a little sample, a rough mix of what's to come in March 2013: The Mystery Of Time! Enjoy... and Merry Christmas! - Tobi"
I'd bet the sample is taken from the only "power metal fun" in the album (like "Wastelands" in The Wicked Symphony). In the other tracks I'm expecting more freshness, more experimentation. Anyhow, this sounds great and Tobi can easily count on my money...
Holy hell, this sounds fantastic! Kiske IS unbelievable just in that short sample. Now my anticipation grows even higher. As much flak as they have recieved in recent years for "selling out" or for losing many of their double-bass elements, I still enjoy their newest albums immensily for what they are. Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hard Rock and Power Ballads all smashed together, with Symphonic elements thrown in for good measure. Tobi has always been and still is a master songwriter and great vocalist, with no fuck-ups since "Kingdom Of Madness" in my book.
Michael's involvement is the only thing I look forward to, with this album. Tobias should learn to write power metal again, and not this type of hard rock he's doing nowadays. If I wanted to listen to Bon Jovi or Rainbow, I´d listen to Bon Jovi or Rainbow, if you know what I mean. But I will definitely check out the disc, but it is only because Michael participates.