Posts Tagged ‘Avantasia’


Avantasia – Wicked Symphony

June 1, 2010

Wicked Symphony is album No. 4 in the Avantasia saga, closely followed by Angel of Babylon that you’ll find elsewhere on these fine digital pages. Since the project’s inception in 2001, it has moved from standard power metal fare, to the pomp and bombast of The Scarecrow (2008) which is still very much alive here. Tobias Sammet has opened up his little black book and lines up the usual suspects, David Coverd- uh, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley and Sascha Paeth along with debut veterans Tim Owens and Klaus Meine.

Kicking off the album is the title track, a mighty affair of riffage and the trademark  Lande-Sammet  vocal sparring that we’ve seen before. And of course, what would Avantasia be without a massive chorus? A lot of verse and intro, that’s what. Wicked Symphony is probably the strongest album of the project in its entire decade as a musical force, and if you’re no stranger to Avantasia, you’ll agree the bar has been set pretty high. There’s a lot more variation in the sound of the songs on offer, from the malicious Scales of Justice with Ripper, to the heartfelt Runaway Train which somehow finds itself in the middle of the heaviest breakdown I’ve heard on a power metal record since Iced Earth’s Night of the Stormrider.

Unsurprisingly, the leading single, Dying For An Angel is about accessible as you get without trawling for coin down at the docks on a Friday night’s shore leave, but as opposed being written specifically as a gateway song, it melds perfectly with the sound that The Edge and Wicked Symphony embody as the core sound of Avantasia, a smooth blend of power metal and synth orchestration. What’s surprising is that it’s also the heaviest album Sammet has commited to record so far, with Crestfallen featuring harsh (gasp!) vocals.

It’s Avantasia. It’s not ‘teh br00talz’ as they kids on the street say. What it is, however, is a great melodic metal record that most metal fans who appreciate a bit of symphonic arrogance in their music will lap up by the bucketful.  Also, buy it if you need another record that needs Jorn Lande going “HYEEEEAH!” on, not that there aren’t already about a dozen of the fuckers, but this is probably one of the few records where you don’t want to string the daft bugger up for it.




Avantasia – Angel of Babylon

April 15, 2010

When first became aware of Avantasia I figured I would despise an entire album by them, but to my dismay I fell in love with them I figured that they weren’t “heavy enough” and “a bit too cheesy” but once you get over the initially power metal blow you can appreciate Angels of Babylon for what it is FUCKING EPIC!

Before I go sucking this albums dick I need to get a few cons out of the way before I bust out the pros. The original issues that I bought up in the first paragraph are always present, despite the fact I manage to sweep them under the proverbial mat, doesn’t mean you would be able to so Angels of Babylon is more for the old school metal/classic rock fan and may disagree with the musical taste of modern metal fans.

Now I to go down on the album. The lead singer Tobi Sammet has a simply amazing voice, it’s enough to put cream in any man’s jeans. As well as having legendary band members and guest musician, with the like of Eric Singer (the drummer from KISS, that’s right KISS!) on drums, and guest musicians like Tim ‘ripper’ Owens (from Judas Priest! that right Juda- sorry I think there’s a pattern emerging here). To conclude this paragraph extraordinaire of my review Tobi Sammet is brilliant singer/bass player/song writer and he is back by a group of very talented and renown musicians.

The actual album revolves around the Scarecrow Saga which has been stretching over three Avantasia albums which revolves around a creature dealing with loneliness, finding fame through music, losing all control after dealing with pressures of fame and then telling his readers to go out and listen to the albums themselves because he couldn’t be fuck to give the entire plot to a musical epic. You don’t need to be able follow the full story in order to enjoy the album as each song stands up on it owns with or without the musical narrative behind it each song is a catchy and swingdacious master piece.

The high point of the album is either the song Down in the Dark or the title song Angel of Babylon, well maybe it’s probably Down in the Dark, no definitely Angel of Babylon, no it’s actually, oh fuck this the point is there both good songs but that’s my well-educated, awesome and correct opinion, you can decide which song is your favourite because I sure as fuck can’t.

The low point is defiantly enjoying this album so much as I was convince I would hate it, I wasn’t so certain of something, I thought I was a twat for volunteering my services to review a power metal album only to find it was incredibly good, so I’m a twat for pre-judging it, because of this album I’m not certain of most things these days after loving this work art so much but as the old saying goes “death is certain, life is not”.

To conclude this album is the bee’s knees and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of or looking into the power metal scene.