Avantasia is the solo project of Tobias Sammet, singer of the German band Edguy and also a kind of supergroup.
It started out in 1999 as a one-time studio-recording project for a ‘metal-opera’, but was called back to life in 2008 for a tour, more albums were relased and now it is official – work on a new album has begun and a release date set for sometime 2013.
The music can be best described as power metal with lots of different influences like classical music, a little prog, acoustic rock and hard rock.
Guest musicians appearing on the recordings and for the touring read like a who-is-who of metal and hard rock: Michael Kiske (Ex-Helloween), Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), Timo Tolkki (Ex-Stratovarius), Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray, Iron Saviour, Unisonic), Alice Cooper, Roy Khan (Ex-Kamelot), Eric Singer (Kiss), Amanda Sommerville, Jorn Lande, Alex Holzwarth (Ex-Rhapsody), Sascha Paeth (producer of Kamelot, Epica), several members of Edguy, uh and many more.
A short overview of releases:
- The Metal Opera:
- 2001: The Metal Opera
- 2002: The Metal Opera Part II
- The Wicked Trilogy:
- 2008: The Scarecrow
- 2010: The Wicked Symphony
- 2010: Angel of Babylon
- The Flying Opera – 2011; live double CD and DVD
Check out Tobias’ homepage for more info and links (German and English):
and now delve into the music and enjoy, this is quite a unique experience: