Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA “Moonglow” /2LP/

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The eighth full-length studio album by legendary Symphonic Power Metal Opera all-star project.
As with previous Avantasia projects, the album features extensive collaborations with returning and new guest vocalists. The album marks Hansi Kürsch's and Candice Night's first guest performances on an Avantasia album. Sammet first wanted to have Kürsch sing in The Metal Opera, but wasn't able to do so due to scheduling conflicts. When he wrote "Moonglow", he didn't initially have Night in mind, but when he tried to think of someone to sing on the track, she seemed the ideal name.
Inspiration for the album title came from Sammet's fascination for the Moon. The story follows a nocturnal creature struggling to cope with the reality of boldness and beauty and ends up resorting to the darkness of the moon glow to hide itself from the world. Lyrics deal with themes such as adjustment and non-adjustment, expectations, convictions and feeling out of place and fall within the Victorian gothic and dark romanticism genres. On “Moonglow” Sammet once again delves with the topic of being an outsider and not belonging in a glossy reality, something all of us are quite familiar with living in an era of polished Instagram selfies and superficial values. While the lyrics paint a picture of a Victorian setting, Sammet‘s thoughts and lyrics are timeless and applied to any era. At the same time, the grandiose compositions hide an intimate story of an outcast not afraid to turn his back on all things that glitter but aren’t gold, drawing inspiration from personal experience all listeners can undoubtedly relate to.
"Moonglow" is yet another strong album, with stellar guest performances and a top-notch production. It's perhaps one of the most varied Avantasia albums, and with every listen you will like it more and more, and put it on endless repeat. "Moonglow" will shine beautifully next to your Avantasia catalogue, and if you haven't listened to Tobias Sammet's project yet, then this will definitely be a good introduction into the discography. With stars on board of the ship such as Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Michael Kiske (Helloween),  Jørn Lande (ex-Masterplan), Bob Catley (Magnum), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Mille Petrozza (Kreator), and Candice Night (Blackmore's Night), "Moonglow" is a solid proof that Sammet’s Avantasia has grown from a passion-project into a fully-formed institution that constantly redefines how Epic Metal should sound like!
Nuclear Blast GmbH, 2019 (27361 45311). Made in Germany. First press.


Tracklist:

Side I
1. Ghost In The Moon 9:51
2. Book Of Shallows 4:57
3. Moonglow 3:54

Side II
1. The Raven Child 11:13
2. Starlight 3:36

Side III
1. Invincible 3:07
2. Alchemy 7:30
3. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn 7:18
4. Lavender 4:27

Side VI
1. Requiem For A Dream 6:07
2. Maniac (Michael Sembello cover) 4:26
Bonus Track:
3. Heart 3:49

Total playing time: 70:15 min.


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