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

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