Power Metal super-group Avantasia, fronted by Tobias Sammett, vocalist of one of Germany's internationally acclaimed bands Edguy, are set to release a brand new studio album – their first in three years.
Entitled 'The Mystery Of Time', the opus is due to street early April 2013 on CD and vinyl via Nuclear Blast Records.
Tobias – Avantasia mastermind, frontman and wordsmith, has now released album snippets and an 'in-studio' update on video which you can see at the bottom of this page.
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Tobi comments: "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.
"Of course, Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween) 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 fairy-tale 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!"
Tobi also announced the next guest on the upcoming album as Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance).
"To me he used to be what John D Rockerduck is to Scrooge McDuck: An adamant long time rival; in our case when it comes to producing Rock Operas. Well, if you can't beat your enemy make him your ally! And so I opened the door and literally invited pestilence into my world, ha!
"Seriously, the truth is that the 'pestilence' I'm talking about is really one of the nicest, coolest and loveliest plagues I've ever come to know, an ambitious artist through and through and a real great guitar player. So, having just come back from a shopping tour in 2012 - where apparently he found himself a brand new pair of bad-ass pants & boots - he went into the studio to record some additional lead guitar for the forthcoming Avantasia album 'The Mystery Of Time': Ayreon mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen", comments Tobi.
The album also features guest artists such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf) and Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep). More artists to be announced soon!
Avantasia are embarking on 'The Mystery World Tour 2013' in April throughout Europe and recently confirmed a slot at Bloodstock Festival 2013 which takes place 8th-11th August.