Avantasia - Moonglow



8 | 206 votes |
Release date: 15 February 2019
Style: Symphonic power metal

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01. Ghost In The Moon
02. Book Of Shallows
03. Moonglow
04. The Raven Child
05. Starlight
06. Invincible
07. Alchemy
08. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
09. Lavender
10. Requiem For A Dream
11. Maniac [Michael Sembello cover]
12. Heart [bonus]

Line-up
Tobias Sammet - vocals, additional bass, additional keyboards
Michael "Miro" Rodenberg - keyboards, orchestration
Sascha Paeth - guitars, bass
Felix Bohnke - drums

Additional musicians:
Hansi Kürsch - vocals
Paul Christensen - vocals
Jørn Lande - vocals
Miland Petrozza - vocals
Candice Night - vocals
Geoff Tate - vocals
Eric Martin - vocals
Bob Catley - vocals
Michael Kiske - vocals
Nadia Birkenstock - celtic harp
Oliver Hartmann - additional guitars, backing vocals
Herbie Langhans - backing vocals
Billy King - backing vocals
Bridget Fogle - backing vocals
Lerato Sebele - backing vocals
Alvin Le-Bass - backing vocals
Stokely Van - backing vocals

Additional info
Produced by Sascha Paeth and Tobias Sammet. Mixed by Sascha Paeth. Mastered by Michael Rodenberg.
All songs written by Tobias Sammet, except Maniac written by Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sombello.

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
8.1
This album features Hansi Kürsch.

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published 03.03.2019 | Comments (9)

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15.10.2018 - 00:49
Rating: 7
Mountain King
K i K o
As is the case with the last 5 albums, the cover, the theme and the song titles look very promising then the result is a mix of light power metal with commercial rock. I don't think this will sound anything similar to "The Metal Opera part 1" or "Theater Of Salvation" by Edguy but I am hoping for more power metal and less filler and specially for some fresh ideas with the lyrics. Less random shadow moonlight desire soul fire words and more poetic stuff. I don't know. Something else somehow.
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16.10.2018 - 01:35
Rating: 10
mikeprado30
Whatever he does, as I like it ( as it has happened with every album from them -except some songs from Angel of Babylon- ), I'll accept it.

Some people must learn to be less closed-minded towards the music done by the artists.

And be prepared by a HUGE disappointment once again if you expect something like the early Edguy or the OVER-OVERVALUED Metal Opera style. Otherwise, enjoy the next one, especially with HANSI "THE Bard" KURSCH as a very special guest
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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31.12.2018 - 14:44
blindg
Ghostlights was good, a return to form. But judging from the single, it will probably be as boring as Scarecrow.
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09.01.2019 - 06:39
blindg
Ok, finally found a review: https://www.metal-hammer.de/avantasia-die-hoerprobe-von-moonglow-1145411/. Invincible is one song I am worried about. Don't need another Tate ballad. Also, it sucks that the 10 minute opener has no guests.
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14.02.2019 - 04:53
Rating: 10
mikeprado30
Well, listening it (because it's leaked and YOLO) I've loved it so much Surely will be my favorite Avantasia album since this time.
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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14.02.2019 - 16:53
MeatWolf
Well it's simply another Avantasia record... I guess?
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15.02.2019 - 03:39
Rating: 9
vasinv
Good job!!!
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15.02.2019 - 12:03
Bad English
Masterchief
They overwrite them selves, nothing special here, just boring thing, He needs new musicians what write music
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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15.02.2019 - 14:39
Rating: 10
dralois
Great album, already a favorite of mine.
Not a single song on here I don't like, they all have character and soul.
Overall probably the best Avantasia album to date, and this comes from a diehard Avantasia fan.
Can't recommend it enough, if you like "pussy metal" as Tobi puts it, this one is for you!
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15.02.2019 - 16:01
Rating: 9
iMorphball
Pretty wonderful album all around.
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16.02.2019 - 01:40
Rating: 7
MentalYah
I like the opener, and the second part of Alchemy. The Raven Child and Heart are also decent. The rest are not so good. I'm new to Avantasia, just listened for the first time their 1st album, before coming to this and Moonglow can't hold a candle. 7/10.
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16.02.2019 - 22:29
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
It looks like the whole album is uploaded to Ava's official Youtube ^_^

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kPwjxBpZnTzij4-M6cyEACfzVD1dc5wKA
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My rest seems now calm and deep
Finally I got my dead man sleep


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17.02.2019 - 17:36
Rating: 7
Mountain King
K i K o
Written by Mountain King on 15.10.2018 at 00:49

As is the case with the last 5 albums, the cover, the theme and the song titles look very promising then the result is a mix of light power metal with commercial rock. I don't think this will sound anything similar to "The Metal Opera part 1" or "Theater Of Salvation" by Edguy but I am hoping for more power metal and less filler and specially for some fresh ideas with the lyrics. Less random shadow moonlight desire soul fire words and more poetic stuff. I don't know. Something else somehow.

I quote myself and confirm that this album is more or less the same things rehashed and put under different song titles. There are some good moments as usual specially the contributions of Hansi and Geoff Tate but it doesn't make it a great album. Average stuff mostly with some good songs.
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20.02.2019 - 16:51
Piledr1ver
As much as I love Avantasia, I don't feel much about this album so far. Let's give it a couple of more spins.
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21.02.2019 - 16:12
Rating: 10
Zenzero
Zenzero
Much better than Ghostlights... maybe at the same level of Angel Of Babylon and the Wicked Symphony. The Mystery of Time is way better! Unreachables the first three!
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22.02.2019 - 05:41
Rating: 7
D88M3R
Is an okay album, not bad, far from great, all around pretty generic with some pretty good moments. Tobias is obviously very comfortable with the musical formula he found to compose, but because of that the album lacks surprises. It also lacks being more epic and catchy. Overall, a decent effort, pretty meh.
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22.02.2019 - 10:43
Rating: 7
fandango68
Written by Mountain King on 17.02.2019 at 17:36

I quote myself and confirm that this album is more or less the same things rehashed and put under different song titles. There are some good moments as usual specially the contributions of Hansi and Geoff Tate but it doesn't make it a great album. Average stuff mostly with some good songs.


I think you've summed it up pretty well really. A bit of a triumph of style over content. There's a number of tracks here, where you can see the template of previous incarnations, except that they are rehashed and not as well executed. I think 6.5-7/10 is overall a fair assessment, which is a shame because I actually thought Ghostlights was quite a strong offering, whereas this is imho, the weakest of his post 2008 releases, overall.
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First gig was Manowar (loincloths 'n' all), Bristol Colston Hall in March 1983, on the 'Hail to England' tour. Tickets were £3.75, 300 in the audience, Mercyful Fate never showed, but my hearing still got seriously trashed..
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23.02.2019 - 22:43
Rating: 7
Mountain King
K i K o
Written by fandango68 on 22.02.2019 at 10:43

Written by Mountain King on 17.02.2019 at 17:36

I quote myself and confirm that this album is more or less the same things rehashed and put under different song titles. There are some good moments as usual specially the contributions of Hansi and Geoff Tate but it doesn't make it a great album. Average stuff mostly with some good songs.


I think you've summed it up pretty well really. A bit of a triumph of style over content. There's a number of tracks here, where you can see the template of previous incarnations, except that they are rehashed and not as well executed. I think 6.5-7/10 is overall a fair assessment, which is a shame because I actually thought Ghostlights was quite a strong offering, whereas this is imho, the weakest of his post 2008 releases, overall.

Definitely agree. I am still glad that they are producing music but I would like a very solid release that I can enjoy after many years and that stirs emotions inside me like the Metal Opera did. I am not focused on Power Metal only since I believe a good song is good song no matter what the genre is, but in my opinion, Avantasia were at their peak when they made the metal opera part 1.
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23.02.2019 - 22:46
Bad English
Masterchief
Written by Zenzero on 21.02.2019 at 16:12

Much better than Ghostlights... maybe at the same level of Angel Of Babylon and the Wicked Symphony. The Mystery of Time is way better! Unreachables the first three!


one level worst as that one
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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25.02.2019 - 10:00
Rating: 7
illumipony
Really hit or miss. Some tracks are boring bland drivel and others soar above the heavens. Worth a listen at the very least.
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03.03.2019 - 21:36
Rating: 7
fenchik
Disappointed!! Moonlights was much better!! Except "The raven child" and "Requiem for a dream"..the rest pretty boring :-( !
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05.03.2019 - 22:03
Greg L.
It's pretty beat.. Make that money Toby..
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23.03.2019 - 00:49
Rating: 8
indexqwest
Maniac, really?
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28.03.2019 - 18:55
Rating: 8
metalbrat
Just heard Ghost in the moon and it was like a mix of so many Meatloaf songs in one. Anyone think so?
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28.03.2019 - 18:58
The Shape 1973
Written by metalbrat on 28.03.2019 at 18:55

Just heard Ghost in the moon and it was like a mix of so many Meatloaf songs in one. Anyone think so?

Agree...and it's not a good thing to sound like.
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30.03.2019 - 19:17
Rating: 8
metalbrat
Well, not a bad one. Not an excellent also. Bit let down compared to the last one. Still 4 to 5 songs are there on repeat list.
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08.04.2019 - 19:01
Rating: 6
farfaramir
Kind of a great start to then lost strengh as it avanced. It's not like I was waiting another Metal Opera, Im actually a fan of Mistery of Time and The Scarecrow, and this felt less special than those two. Still not a bad listen, but it seems that Toby it's happy with repeting the same album over and over again with not much surprises.
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16.04.2019 - 13:15
Rating: 8
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by indexqwest on 23.03.2019 at 00:49

Maniac, really?

Yes, really!
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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