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Avantasia Bio

Band members
Tobias Sammet - lead vocals, piano, keyboards, orchestration Eric Singer - drums Timmo Tolkki - guitar Henjo Richter - guitars Jens Ludwig - guitars Markus Grosskopf - bass Alex Hozwarth - drums


When Edguy vocalist Tobias Sammet orchestrated the convergence of a virtual Who's Who in the current power metal scene in 2001 with The Metal Opera (featuring some of the most talented singers in the genre), he delivered a respectable addition to the often-neglected rock opera genre, pleasing the myriad of fans of all the artists involved. Rooted in history and based on characters that once lived in late medieval times, The Metal Opera was a fantasy tale of deceit, treachery, religion, imprisonment, and witchcraft, and was as grandiose as it was symphonic, with enormous, envy-inducing vocal melodies, resplendent choral passages and majestic classical movements throughout.
The idea for the The Metal Opera was born a few years ago, when the members of Edguy recorded Vain Glory Opera. Impressed by the passion with which Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch sung the vocal lines Sammet had written for him, Tobias was inspired to record an entire album with musicians he admired and felt influenced by. Inviting vocalists Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray), David de Feis (Virgin Steele), Rob Rock (Warrior), André Matos (Angra), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), and Ralf Zdiarstek to join the core musicians of guitarist Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray), guitarist Jens Ludwig (Edguy), bassist Markus Grosskopf (Helloween), and drummer Alex Hozwarth (Rhapsody), the project's music celebrated 2 weeks in the German Top 40 Charts and was so sweeping in its grandeur that it could have easily been performed by a full symphony orchestra.

The second and final installment of this epic, The Metal Opera, Part 2 is a distinguished work of talent and finesse that boasts almost one full hour of epic song structures, choirs, and symphonic backdrops. Featuring the same guests that appeared in the first metal opera, the cast of characters is now joined by Magnum's Bob Catley, Timo Tolkki of Stratovarius, and Eric Singer of KISS.
Fans of Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who's Tommy, and connoisseurs who follow the careers of exceptional vocalists will be impressed with The Metal Opera, Part 2. Inviting listeners to delve into the past of their own fan-dom, "The Seven Angels" is remiscent of Queensrÿche's "Take Hold Of The Flame," "The Looking Glass" has the familiar feel of an old Rainbow song, and the piano-accompanied monologue of "In Quest For" continues the lineage of the finale in Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
United in their purpose to immortalize the talents in their time, the singers and musicians of AVANTASIA have granted us yet another instant classic.

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