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  • Audio CD (1 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B00BFNEGSS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Spectres ft. Tobias Sammet And Joe Lynn Turner
2. The Watchmakers' Dream ft. Joe Lynn Turner And Tobias Sammet
3. Black Orchid ft. Tobias Sammet And Biff Byford
4. Where Clock Hands Freeze ft. Michael Kiske And Tobias Sammet
5. Sleepwalking ft. Cloudy Young And Tobias Sammet
6. Savior In The Clockwork ft. Joe Lynn Turner, Tobias Sammet, Biff Byford And Michael Kiske
7. Invoke The Machine ft. Ronnie Atkins And Tobias Sammet
8. What's Left Of Me ft. Eric Martin And Tobias Sammet
9. Dweller In A Dream ft. Tobias Sammet And Michael Kiske
10. The Great Mystery ft. Tobias Sammet, Bob Catley, Joe Lynn Turner And Biff Byford
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Spectres (Instrumental)
2. The Watchmakers' Dream (Instrumental)
3. Black Orchid (Instrumental)
4. Where Clock Hands Freeze (Instrumental)
5. Sleepwalking (Instrumental)
6. Savior In The Clockwork (Instrumental)
7. Invoke The Machine (Instrumental)
8. What's Left Of Me (Instrumental)
9. Dweller In A Dream (Instrumental)
10. The Great Mystery (Instrumental)

Product Description

Amazon Exclusive edition including two bonus tracks across two CDs and includes 48 page booklet. Limited edition run.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ASH on 1 April 2013
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The latest AVANTASIA album released today is here! I have been looking forward to this album for quite some time and it doesn't disappoint.

Tobias Sammet (the lead singer and founder of the band) is superb! His vocals are unique and he has a voice you can enjoy. This is a METAL OPERA album - meaning it Incorporates a number of household names in the Metal genre (power metal predominantly) such as Michael Kiske, Ronnie Atkins, Amanda Summerville and Bob Catley

If you like bands such as Rhapsody Of Fire, Sonata Arctica, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Reinxeed etc etc, you will like this. Some great songs with a variety of singers and sounds.

I have just finished listening through this and I have to say I was extremely impressed and it deserves a review for those of you contemplating the purchase of this epic album - simple decision - its a fantastic album worthy of being in anyone's music library!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John on 1 April 2013
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The "Mystery Of Time" is the sixth studio album by Tobias Sammet's rock opera project. Avantasia offers a very good new album that rivals some of its past achievements. The use of a real orchestra proves to be a welcome addition, creating a bigger and more captivating sound.

The cast of musicians includes Tobias Sammet (Edguy) on bass and lead vocals, Sascha Paeth (ex-Heaven's Gate) on guitars, Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) on drums and guest guitarists Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Oliver Hartmann (ex-At Vance) and Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon). The Mystery Of Time is also the first Avantasia album to feature the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg.

The list of guest vocalists is expectedly impressive and includes Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Bob Catley (Magnum) and Cloudy Yang.

The album offers a variety of hard rock, symphonic rock, power metal and pop-rock. The overall sound doesn't differ a lot from The Wicked Trilogy releases, but the orchestra surely makes things more interesting and the vocals are more evenly distributed.

There are many highlights among the songs and only two of them sound rather weak or filler-like. There are several longer songs and even two ten-minute epics, but surprisingly none of them gets tiresome or boring.

The best track is probably the longest song, entitled "Savior In The Clockwork". This is a varied track, with several tempo changes, but it is essentially a hard rock epic with some doses of power metal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David J Evans on 4 April 2013
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This album takes a few times to listen to it before it grows on you.
Hard to capture the majesty of The Metal Operas but this is not a bad effort.
Great guest appearances by the likes of Biff Byford et al and of course Michael Kiske.A pity Felix Bohnke isn`t on the drums this time but you can`t have everything.
I liked 1)Spectres and 4)Where Clock Hands Freeze.5) Sleepwalking isn`t a bad power ballad if a little commercial.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. J. Shorte'' on 4 May 2013
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If it's the first Avantasia album you've heard then great, you'll like it. If not, then so very similar to Wicked symphony and Angel of Babylon. Also, the quality of the recording isn't great, very flat on all formats. In fact it sounds like it was recorded on compact cassette. This is a shame because it does weaken the album somewhat. The Scarecrow remains by the far best album. Was hoping for more as the concept behind it was a fantastic idea.
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By JJ on 13 Sept. 2013
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I was fortunate enough to see Avantasia at Bloodstock 2013 and was blown away by both the music and the line up of guest vocalists!

I had checked them out very briefly on YouTube before going but nothing prepared me for the sheer power and ability of the performers and their performance for me was one of the best I witnessed at the Festival. When we got back, I brought this album and have been playing it pretty much non stop.

The songs are immaculately put together, and the narrative as a whole is moved along exquisitely well as the story unfolds. It's so difficult for me to choose a favourite track as they seamlessly blend together. The addition of guest singers is normally done as a way of selling more copies but here with Avantasia, it lifts the project to incredible heights. Michael Kiske's voice sounds as good as I remember it from Keeper of the Seven Keys pt 2, Joe Lynn Turner I hadn't heard since his Malmsteen days, whilst Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins was someone who I'd not heard before but will certainly be looking out for in the future. Bob Catley and Biff Byford need no introduction and are both in excellent form throughout the entire album. All of these vocalists work perfectly for their allotted roles within the project, never overstating their parts whilst providing excellent support for Tobias Sammet who helms the project with a perfect touch.

If you only buy one album this year, make it this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michal on 30 April 2013
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I am a bit dissapointed,I was expecting a little bit more this time,but from this album every Avantasia sounds to me like the same...nothing a haven't heard before
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