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

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