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Tobias Sammet, lead singer of German power metal band Edguy, conceived Avantasia as a massive-scale rock opera featuring the cream of the power metal scene. He spent a year composing the material and recruited various vocalists to tell his story, including Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen, Stratovarius' Timo Tolkki, and Within Temptation's Sharon Den Adel. The backing band featured guitarists Jens Ludwig (Edguy) and Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray), bassist Markus Grosskopf (Helloween), and drummer Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody). The album, 2001's The Metal Opera, was filled with fantasy themes and anthemic, progressive pomp-metal. It was followed by 2002's The Metal Opera, Vol. 2, and Avantasia returned years later with the Scarecrow Saga, consisting of 2008's The Scarecrow and 2010's The Wicked Symphony and 2011's Angel of Babylon. Given the success of the latter two records' world tours--which were virtually completely sold out, Sammet got more ambitious, deciding to make Avantasia's even more epic in scale--no small feat consideirng what he'd already accomplished. In 2013, Avantasia issued The Mystery of Time, a full scale conceptual collaboration with the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. The list of vocalists was impressive: Joe Lynn Turner, frequent collaborator and ex-Helloween frontman Michael Kiske, Saxon's Biff Byford, and Magnum's Bob Catley among them (sometimes two and three at a time). The album charted number two in Germany, and in the top ten across Europe. It also entered the US charts at number nine--the first of the band's recordings to do so. The outfit undertook another five month tour, playing three hour shows and in sold out venues as well and at festivals in Europe, South America, Japan, Russia and Canada, culminating in a headline postion at the Wacken Open Air Festival, a performance Sammet claimed was Avantasia's last. The claim was only in reference to live performances as The Mystery of Time left open-ended question in its narrative. In January 2016, Avantasia released the sequel, Ghostlights. Many of the same singers returned and Sammet added to their numbers with appearances by Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, den Adel, and Ronnie Atkins, to name a few. ~ Steve Huey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Wastelands
  3.   Scales of Justice
  4.   Ghostlights
  5.   The Scarecrow
  6.   Lost in Space
  7.   Scary Eyes
  8.   Dying For an Angel
  9.   Breaking Away
  10.   What's Left of Me
  11.   Invoke the Machine
  12.   Wake Up to the Moon
  13.   Lucifer
  14.   Isle of Evermore
  15.   Master of the Pendulum
  16.   Sign of the Cross/The Seven Angels
  17.   The Wicked Symphony
  18.   Forever Is a Long Time
  19.   Crestfallen
  20.   Blizzard on a Broken Mirror
  21.   Ride the Sky
  22.   Return to Avantasia
  23.   In My Defense
  24.   Promised Land
  25.   Devil in the Belfry
  26.   The Toy Master
  27.   Another Angel Down
  28.   Carry Me Over
  29.   Twisted Mind
  30.   In Quest For by Bob Catley
  31.   Sign of the Cross
  32.   Inside
  33.   The Glory of Rome
  34.   The Looking Glass by Bob Catley
  35.   Into the Unknown
  36.   Prelude
  37.   Avantasia
  38.   Reach Out for the Light by Michael Kiske
  39.   The Haunting
  40.   Mystery of a Blood Red Rose
  41.   Sleepwalking by Tobias Sammet
  42.   Spectres by Tobias Sammet
  43.   Symphony Of Life
  44.   States of Matter
  45.   The Story Ain't Over
  46.   Lay All Your Love On Me
  47.   Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
  48.   I Don't Believe in Your Love
  49.   Shelter from the Rain
  50.   Reach out for Light
  51.   Chalice of Agony by Kai Hansen
  52.   Anywhere
  53.   Neverland by Rob Rock
  54.   The Final Sacrifice by David Defeis
  55.   The Seven Angels
  56.   The Tower
  57.   Avantasia
  58.   Farewell
  59.   Serpents in Paradise
  60.   Black Wings
  61.   In Nomine Patris
  62.   Let the Storm Descend Upon You
  63.   Twisted Mind
  64.   Memory by Ralf Zdiarstek
  65.   Death Is Just A Feeling by Tobias Sammet
  66.   Babylon Vampires
  67.   Runaway Train
  68.   Invoke The Machine by Tobias Sammet
  69.   Ride the Sky
  70.   The Edge
  71.   Unchain the Light
  72.   A New Dimension
  73.   Seduction of Decay
  74.   No Return
  75.   What Kind of Love
  76.   Dying for an Angel
  77.   Malleus Maleficarum
  78.   Draconian Love
  79.   Reach Out for the Light
  80.   Cry Just a Little
  81.   A Restless Heart and Obsidian Skies
  82.   The Watchmaker's Dream
  83.   Lost In Space by Amanda Somerville

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