Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA "The Metal Opera Pt. II" /CD/



The second full-length studio album by Tobias Sammet's (Edguy) Symphonic Power Metal project.
It is a concept album and a Rock opera. It is written in the format of a play and the songs are the characters' dialogs and inner thoughts. The songs carry on the story begun in “The Metal Opera”, with the same characters. Much like other Power Metal albums, the compositions draws aesthetic and lyrical influences from early fantasy literature such as "The Lord of The Rings" and the "Red Sonja" series.
The albums feature many artists from various Power Metal bands, such as Helloween, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius, Rhapsody of Fire, and many more.
Line-up: Tobias Sammet (Edguy), Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray), Markus Grosskopf (Helloween), Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire).
Guests: Jens Ludwig (Edguy), Timo Tolkki (Symfonia, ex-Stratovarius), Eric Singer (KISS, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), Rob Rock (ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Warrior), Andre Matos (ex-Symfonia, ex-Shaaman, ex-Angra, ex-Viper), Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray), Timo Tolkki (ex-Symfonia, ex-Stratovarius), Bob Catley (Magnum) and more.
The whole album is brilliant. All the tracks flow together and there is a freshness and energy throughout. Tobias Sammet was at his creative and artistic peak with this effort. Stands up to countless listening. Extremely well recorded, with well balanced soloing, it's bombastic and fantastic! One of the greatest Power Metal recordings in history!!
Painful Lust/Century Media, 2002 (Century Media 8052-2). Made in USA. First press.


Tracklist:
1. The Seven Angels 14:16
2. No Return 04:29
3. The Looking Glass 04:51
4. The Quest For 03:53
5. The Final Sacrifice 05:01
6. Neverland 04:58
7. Anywhere 05:28
8. Chalice Of Agony 06:01
9. Memory 05:40
10. Into The Unknown 04:26
Bonus Tracks:
11. Chalice Of Agony (edit version) 05:04
12. Avantasia (single version) 04:08
Total playing time: 68:19 min.

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