Avantasia - The Metal Opera Part I



8.7 | 670 votes |
Release date: 2001
Style: Symphonic power metal

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01. Prelude
02. Reach Out For The Light
03. Serpents In Paradise
04. Malleus Maleficarum
05. Breaking Away
06. Farewell
07. The Glory Of Rome
08. In Nomine Patris
09. Avantasia
10. A New Dimension
11. Inside
12. Sign Of The Cross
13. The Tower

Top 20 albums of 2001: 12

Line-up
Tobias Sammet - vocals, keyboards, orchestration
Henjo Richter - guitars
Alex Holzwarth - drums
Markus Grosskopf - bass

Additional musicians:
Michael Kiske - vocals
David DeFeis - vocals
Ralf Zdiarstek - vocals
Sharon Janny den Adel - vocals
Robert "Rob" Rock - vocals
Oliver Hartmann - vocals
Andre Matos - vocals
Kai Hansen - vocals
Timo Tolkki - vocals

Norman Meiritz - acoustic guitars
Frank Tischer - piano
Jens Ludwig - guitars

Additional info
Produced by Tobias Sammet. Co-produced by Norman Meiritz.

Guest review by
Emalaith
Rating:
10
by Dream Taster:

When Tobias Sammet, the singer of the German heavy metal band Edguy, started to write a parellel project to Edguy, he surely didn't expect so much congratulations from the fans that would come from all over the world. Just have a look at his guestbook!

After the Edguy album called Vain Glory Opera, Tobias has got the idea to write an entire album on a theme in order to compose a metal opera. His first motivation was to sing with other great singers who were his models such as Michael Kiske or Ronnie James Dio

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published 28.08.2003 | Comments (5)

Guest review by
Bas
Rating:
8.6
Monks, fantasy worlds, mysterious books, elves and dwarves, good against evil, witch hunts and, yes you guessed correctly, power metal. Such is Avantasia - The Metal Opera. Composed by Tobias Sammet, who also does a lot of the vocal work, the singer shows that he is capable of more then 'only' Edguy (of which I personally am not so fond).

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published 20.12.2006 | Comments (2)

Guest review by
stratorock666
Rating:
9.0
Power Metal. A ridiculed genre made fun of because of it's fascination with vocal choirs and lyrical themes (often based around swords and sorcery-type tales of good versus evil). Not many people respect it, however, but I do, and I greatly respect the musicians who stick to this type of "unpopular" genre, not least because they are almost always talented musicians, more talented in their playing than this week's favourite metalcore darlings. So imagine my joy when I came across this band called Avantasia: a group formed of one of my most admired metal vocalists (the awesome Tobias Sammet of Edguy) and one of my most admired guitarists (Gamma Ray's Henjo Richter) that also happened to feature guest vocals by Kai Hansen (THE power metal god), Angra's Andre Mateos, and Stratovarius' Timo Tolkki! Members from some of my favourite bands all on the same album! Too good to be true I thought. That's until listened to it. It was true. VERY true. Expecting a Power metal masterpiece, that is what I got.

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published 17.01.2007 | Comments (5)

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27.01.2010 - 15:22
Shadowcross
The Summoner
This album is very average and I am suprised it is rated so highly. This debut is worth a listen but it remains a very bland power metal album with unfortunately few memorable tracks. Many melodies give me a feeling like "oh I've heard this Edguy, Virgin Steele, etc song before.. but hang on.. it just isn't as good or special the second time." A few tracks are even cringeworthy and seem flawed compared to other contemporary power practitioners.
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12.04.2010 - 17:58
Rating: 8
Paradox0
Unasuming Madnes
Unlike most hwta i would call "flower metal" this is actually very well written (in atleast the instrumentation department). Not only is it well composed, but many of the melodies are actually pretty interesting in their unpredictability. The thing which really buzz kills the album for me are the lyrics. I guess I'm not so fond of the theme of the lyrics. More of a 7.5 for me.
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08.02.2011 - 14:43
Rating: 10
ockletters
I'm surprised to see the negative comments..but let me do some justice over here..This album got me into power metal and it's nothing short of astonishing...the atmosphere is surreal, the voices are the best in the business, complexity of composition, divine choruses, uplifting music, skillful slow passages, great lyrics if you are into fantasy..This album sums up the spirit of power metal, which is to be uplifting, powerful, catchy and to sing-along with your fist in the air..sorry but it's really how i feel about this album
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25.03.2011 - 15:40
Mountain King
K i K o
Written by ockletters on 08.02.2011 at 14:43

I'm surprised to see the negative comments..but let me do some justice over here..This album got me into power metal and it's nothing short of astonishing...the atmosphere is surreal, the voices are the best in the business, complexity of composition, divine choruses, uplifting music, skillful slow passages, great lyrics if you are into fantasy..This album sums up the spirit of power metal, which is to be uplifting, powerful, catchy and to sing-along with your fist in the air..sorry but it's really how i feel about this album

Couldn't agree more. Definitely better than Part II...
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16.11.2011 - 18:54
Rating: 5
Vonpire
Not good for me, not good at all.
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05.05.2012 - 21:42
Rating: 10
iMorphball
The Metal Opera I and II are easily the greatest power metal albums ever released. Listening to them brings a great feeling of nostalgia.
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02.10.2012 - 18:23
Rating: 9
Dead Eternity
This is a masterpiece! Although it's very difficult to differentiate one vocalist from the other...
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08.06.2013 - 08:43
Rating: 9
mikeprado30
Overrated as Metal Opera but better than Part II (maybe cause Kiske appears more often).

Favorite songs: Reach Out For The Light, Serpents In Paradise, Farewell, The Glory of Rome, Inside, Sign of the Cross & THE TOWER (I also liked the ones I didn't mentioned, just those ones are great)
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