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Avantasia - Ghostlights



8.2 | 363 votes |
Release date: 29 January 2016
Style: Symphonic power metal

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Disc I
01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You
03. The Haunting
04. Seduction Of Decay
05. Ghostlights
06. Draconian Love
07. Master Of The Pendulum
08. Isle Of Evermore
09. Babylon Vampyres
10. Lucifer
11. Unchain The Light
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies
13. Wake Up To The Moon [digibook edition bonus]

Disc II [digibook edition bonus] [live]
01. Spectres
02. Invoke The Machine
03. The Story Ain't Over
04. Prelude
05. Reach Out For The Light
06. Avantasia
07. What's Left Of Me
08. Dying For An Angel
09. Twisted Mind
10. The Watchmakers' Dream
11. Another Angel Down

The Best Power Metal Album Of 2016

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

Additional musicians:
Jørn Lande - vocals
Paul Christensen - vocals
Robert Mason - vocals
David Daniel Snider - vocals
Michael Kiske - vocals
Geoff Tate - vocals
Herbie Langhans - vocals
Sharon Janny den Adel - vocals
Marko Hietala - vocals
Bob Catley - vocals
Oliver Hartmann - guitars, backing vocals
Bruce Kulick - guitars
Felix Bohnke - drums
Cloudy Yang - backing vocals
Clara Habekost - additional backing vocals

Additional info
The 3-CD deluxe edition book includes:
- a 68 page photo book ca. 28.5 x 28.5cm
- the karaoke version of CD 1 without the bonus track as a separate disc

Produced by Tobias Sammet and Sascha Paeth.
Engineered and mixed by Sascha Paeth.
Mastered by Michael Rodenberg.

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
8.2
Over the last few albums, Avantasia have softened and smoothed out - matured, perhaps - and they arrive in Ghostlights a much different beast from the brash power project born the better part of two decades ago. Modern Avantasia sounds more "symphonic rock musical" than "metal opera." No harm done, though - it's only different, not worse.

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published 01.03.2016 | Comments (8)

Guest review by
tominator
Rating:
6.8
Ghostlights is an album that for some reason never really clicked with me, something that actually surprises me to this day, because on paper I should absolutely love this album. Good lyrics, very good musicianship, great production should result in an album that I like. Instead it resulted in Ghostlights being an album that I neither love, nor hate.

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published 21.08.2017 | Comments (7)

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06.11.2015 - 03:59
Rating: 9
mikeprado30

Awaiting for it!!!
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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13.11.2015 - 15:49
Rating: 10
bcapo3

Ready for this!
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29.11.2015 - 22:46
blackie1968

I can not wait
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27.12.2015 - 23:20
Rating: 9
mikeprado30

Maybe the only bad thing I think this album will have:

NO HANSI KÜRSCH!!! And I don't understand why Tobi hasn't get him into this madhouse called Avantasia, even after having him at the Vain Glory Opera album...
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29.12.2015 - 03:58
I've been listen this new Avantasia, and it's a great album, much better than I ever expected.
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30.12.2015 - 04:07
Rating: 8
iMorphball

When I can rate this, it'll be a 10 from me. This album is absolutely fantastic. Tobi has outdone himself. I really enjoyed The Mystery Of Time, and this one is much heavier and more bombastic than that one.
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28.01.2016 - 21:41
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Tage Westerlund
Just spinned, since I am not fan boy, I wont fall in love like many do, its mix whit cheasy PM lamness and some good PM tunes and then there is something about some famous feed made of meat to ... well I am not fan, wont judge, but if I need spin grind core album and djent ... I would be pissed, I did this, well if I do it not bad, but still I wont listen it again ,
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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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29.01.2016 - 03:03
Rating: 10
CountA986

Got it today finally! Wow! i loved all the previous albums by Tobi but Ghostlights is simply stunning! i absolutely love it
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29.01.2016 - 05:08
Rating: 9
mikeprado30

Written by Bad English on 28.01.2016 at 21:41

Just spinned, since I am not fan boy, I wont fall in love like many do, its mix whit cheasy PM lamness and some good PM tunes and then there is something about some famous feed made of meat to ... well I am not fan, wont judge, but if I need spin grind core album and djent ... I would be pissed, I did this, well if I do it not bad, but still I wont listen it again ,

You masochistic!
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29.01.2016 - 10:23
Rating: 10
/Marius

Fantastic album! Love every track so far
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29.01.2016 - 15:29
Rating: 9
joshsteph

Album of the year (next to the new Megadeth) so far for me. It's fantastic how he managed to catch the old Queensryche vibe with the melodies for Geoff Tate on Seduction Of Decay). Excellent work!
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29.01.2016 - 18:26
Rating: 9
Ellinor

Really great album. Loved almost every track. Big surprise for me, as I did not like previous releases that much.
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29.01.2016 - 18:42
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by joshsteph on 29.01.2016 at 15:29

Album of the year (next to the new Megadeth) so far for me. It's fantastic how he managed to catch the old Queensryche vibe with the melodies for Geoff Tate on Seduction Of Decay). Excellent work!


well so far I have spinned 4 maybe 5 albums , 3 Cd's and rest was online ... since I am not PM fan, I wont say much, but some parts was great here
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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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29.01.2016 - 23:08
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by Ellinor on 29.01.2016 at 18:26

Really great album. Loved almost every track. Big surprise for me, as I did not like previous releases that much.


This might be bigger band as his main band Edguy, to me it seems so
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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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31.01.2016 - 00:36
Rating: 6
ScottyM

Not as appealing to me as some of their other stuff, but to each their own. Glad others can enjoy it.
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01.02.2016 - 05:11
Rating: 9
SoUnDs LiKe PoP

Written by Irritable Ted on 31.01.2016 at 16:02



Even Like Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose now. Found myself singing along.



Haha, I am in the same camp with that song. First time I heard it I was like "this is such a dumb song." Then I found myself singing along to it all the time and now I really enjoy it.
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I lift weights and listen to metal
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01.02.2016 - 06:46
Rating: 5
Nicko's Nose

One of those generic power metal albums I can only listen to when I'm drunk.
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01.02.2016 - 18:52
mandrake88
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Written by Irritable Ted on 01.02.2016 at 11:19

Written by SoUnDs LiKe PoP on 01.02.2016 at 05:11

Written by Irritable Ted on 31.01.2016 at 16:02



Even Like Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose now. Found myself singing along.



Haha, I am in the same camp with that song. First time I heard it I was like "this is such a dumb song." Then I found myself singing along to it all the time and now I really enjoy it.

How weird is that? Sounded like some poor Meatloaf rip off first time I listened. Now I can't get it out of my head, not in a bad way either. What is wrong with us?


Nothing is wrong, that's just the catchy melody a pop song though, like dyin for an angel, lost in space, but still catchy. Im not ready to give a rating for this album yet, but i must say....so far it is like a poison.
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02.02.2016 - 05:40
Rating: 9
SoUnDs LiKe PoP

Written by Irritable Ted on 01.02.2016 at 11:19

Written by SoUnDs LiKe PoP on 01.02.2016 at 05:11

Written by Irritable Ted on 31.01.2016 at 16:02



Even Like Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose now. Found myself singing along.



Haha, I am in the same camp with that song. First time I heard it I was like "this is such a dumb song." Then I found myself singing along to it all the time and now I really enjoy it.

How weird is that? Sounded like some poor Meatloaf rip off first time I listened. Now I can't get it out of my head, not in a bad way either. What is wrong with us?


Just catchy, I guess. I do love the mix of metal and showtune-ish music WHEN it works.

I've also really been digging the chorus of "Draconian Love." Like holy sh*t. It actually reminds me of Amaranthe a bit.
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02.02.2016 - 14:57
Rating: 9
robpal
Proglord
Very catchy, definitely has some great moments. Overall an enjoyable experience with many more spins to come.
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06.02.2016 - 17:02
Rating: 6
farfaramir

It's ok I guess. Master of the Pendulum is actually very cool, the rest bored me, even when the performances are really good.
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08.02.2016 - 01:16
Rating: 9
mikeprado30

Great album, another win for Tobi indeed. So many excellent tunes, and I'm in love with Isle of Evermore
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08.02.2016 - 21:34
Rating: 8
thatkellygirl

I think it's a solid album. Nothing amazing, but still good!
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09.02.2016 - 00:34
Rating: 6
raveneffect

I really loved Avantasia up until The Scarecrow. The evolution from the Symphonic Power Metal sound to the more AOR mainstream radio was a natural one that seemed to be part of Tobias's shifting tendencies as well. Sadly, everything after Scarecrow was just generic mix of AOR/Melodic Metal that you easily get from an Edguy record. There's a reason why Edguy doesnt deliver a bomb for so long and the same reason why all these Avantasia records are just dull and generic: He's sticking to the same formula and redoing it over and over again.

I mean, there are some good melodies here and nice sing-along moments but it gets boring after a while and fails to impress.
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11.02.2016 - 19:29
Rating: 7
CyberSymphony
Ollie
Extremely fun album, some very cringe-worthy vocallines and skip-able tracks, overall its good and liked it better than most of their albums (excluding the 2 metal opera albums).
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24.02.2016 - 16:52
Rating: 5
Hellcult

Pop music with some good vocals...
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And I see the blade fall down upon the head of lord in heaven
And Darkness falls upon the end of history
While I drink the milk of the Black Goddess and cry over the mankind

Black Moses is my name...
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06.03.2016 - 05:22
Rating: 5
Nicko's Nose

Looks like that immature idiot Tony Montana down rated this album too.
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10.03.2016 - 19:11
Rating: 8
Spacerunner

The best one since the Metal Opera times? At least it's damn close.
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25.03.2016 - 18:10
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Faith in Tobias Sammet restored
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My rest seems now calm and deep
Finally I got my dead man sleep


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11.06.2016 - 09:02
Rating: 9
fandango68

Really surprised at how good this album was... best since the Scarecrow for me, although Rose is simply too cheesy and don't like the ballad Evermore very much, either; he could have done much more with Sharon's voice.
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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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