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

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