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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.   Breaking Away
  5.   The Watchmaker's Dream
  6.   The Wicked Symphony
  7.   The Edge
  8.   Lost In Space by Amanda Somerville
  9.   Another Angel Down
  10.   The Scarecrow
  11.   Serpents in Paradise
  12.   Twisted Mind
  13.   What's Left of Me
  14.   Avantasia
  15.   Invoke the Machine
  16.   Wake Up to the Moon
  17.   A Restless Heart and Obsidian Skies
  18.   Unchain the Light
  19.   Lucifer
  20.   Babylon Vampires
  21.   Isle of Evermore
  22.   Master of the Pendulum
  23.   Draconian Love
  24.   Seduction of Decay
  25.   The Haunting
  26.   Let the Storm Descend Upon You
  27.   Mystery of a Blood Red Rose
  28.   Invoke The Machine by Tobias Sammet
  29.   Sleepwalking by Tobias Sammet
  30.   Spectres by Tobias Sammet
  31.   Death Is Just A Feeling by Tobias Sammet
  32.   States of Matter
  33.   Dying For an Angel
  34.   Blizzard on a Broken Mirror
  35.   Black Wings
  36.   The Story Ain't Over
  37.   Scary Eyes
  38.   Ride the Sky
  39.   Lay All Your Love On Me
  40.   Lost in Space
  41.   I Don't Believe in Your Love
  42.   Devil in the Belfry
  43.   The Toy Master
  44.   Twisted Mind
  45.   Into the Unknown
  46.   Memory by Ralf Zdiarstek
  47.   Chalice of Agony by Kai Hansen
  48.   Anywhere
  49.   The Final Sacrifice by David Defeis
  50.   The Looking Glass by Bob Catley
  51.   The Seven Angels
  52.   A New Dimension
  53.   Avantasia
  54.   The Glory of Rome
  55.   Malleus Maleficarum
  56.   The Tower
  57.   Prelude
  58.   Ride the Sky
  59.   Return to Avantasia
  60.   Reach Out for the Light
  61.   Dying for an Angel
  62.   Reach Out for the Light by Michael Kiske
  63.   Sign of the Cross/The Seven Angels
  64.   Runaway Train
  65.   Forever Is a Long Time
  66.   In My Defense
  67.   Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
  68.   Promised Land
  69.   What Kind of Love
  70.   Carry Me Over
  71.   Shelter from the Rain
  72.   Reach out for Light
  73.   Neverland by Rob Rock
  74.   Sign of the Cross
  75.   Inside
  76.   Farewell
  77.   Cry Just a Little
  78.   No Return
  79.   Symphony Of Life
  80.   Crestfallen
  81.   Ghostlights
  82.   In Nomine Patris
  83.   In Quest For by Bob Catley

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