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

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