One can’t quite often talk about a metal album; it’s rather a hard rock album. Don’t like Broadway, well, then you’d better buckle up for the songs that you’d perceive as even worse. The intro with piano and vocals is amazing. This sound generates that sensation one gets when listening to the epic choirs that exist in power metal and at the same time it gives off that coolness of 80’s hard rock. They manage to use properly the acoustics and the piano to create a nice atmosphere and comfortability to the sound. I had a somewhat critical attitude face to the release of two albums at the same time because I felt that one should have given the time to the fans to appreciate and discover each of the songs in a unique way instead of releasing twenty-two tracks at once.
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A perfect example of this vocal combat is Runaway Train where Tobias, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley and Michael Kiske of old school Helloween fame all hurl vocal lines at each other over the course of a slowly building eight minute plus epic power ballad.
Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony Review
Not gonna lie, though, the chorus is actually pretty catchy. On the downside, however, there’s “Crestfallen”, a song that seems a bit out of place on the album, and also the less-than-spectacular “The Edge”, “Black Wings” and even Jorn Lande’s “Forever is a long Time”, which have me looking for the skip button a little too frequently.
The guitar solo’s are good, but none really stand out and the drums are standard hard rock fare with the occasional flash of olden days. And finally there is “Wastelands”, a high-speed power grenade of a song delivered to perfection by Michael Kiske – so perfectly in fact that we don’t even mind that it sounds very much like the Helloween classic “March Of Time”.
Which is where The Wicked Symphony really comes into its own — I would certainly go as far to say this is the catchiest I’ve heard Avantasia at. Avantasia released two albums this year: Sad in a way, as it seems the magic has been sucked from the project, and the news of 2 consecutive full-lengths being released really came to me as matter of course rather than a source of great excitement. There are surely a few highlights on this album, but all in all, I feel disappointed about the general concept and also the execution.
Tim Owens delivers in “Scales of Justice”; Halford-esque wails basically carrying the song over top a fairly generic main riff. Not to mention a host of guest musicians usual of Tobias’ projects. Other songs such as the opener “The Wicked Symphony” exude catchiness, but lack any real substance other than “Hey, we’ve got two vocalists! Tobias takes the lead for the second verse and chorus and an extended exchange of guitar solos between Oliver Hartmann and Sascha Paeth follows.
MetalGuardSeptember 5th, There are also some real killer solos courtesy of Oliver Hartmann and Sascha Paeth. That doesn’t mean it’s a fantastic album, however, it still has a avxntasia of shortcomings. The Wicked Symphony [Scarecrow] You’ll be running out of miracles Like I’m running out of dreams Madness lurking into my left Angels faint in front of me And I see eyes to the right I hear a promise resound Gold and diamonds, love and fame And music meant to remain [Inspiration] You’ve been dying for glory You’ve been looking for love Why don’t we read the signs When we’re about to get lost [Mephistopheles] A seeker enthralled by a syphony Eventually home to his pain The Great Unbeloved You reach for the final stage [All] Hey man in your hideaway Where do we go from here Heroes in the tragedy Down-home just a memory Where do we go When the world gets in the way Way down to the hide away Afflatus divine!
The seventh door I’ll try is avantsia Angel send another storm to face another dawn [Scarecrow] Close your eyes now Kingdom on the broken mirror Close your eyes now Blizzard on the broken mirror The scent of goodbye They’re dying away: The chorus features choirs and is catchy and huge.
Combine him, a nice section as always from Tobias and powerful drumming from Alex Holzwarth and we have a real winner. All lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only. Originally written for www. The only letdown on the song is the grating artificial keyboard sound that has been used instead of something a little more elegant. The biggest fault is the inclusion of several mid-tempo and slower rock songs and not enough heavier or faster tracks, to perfectly balance the release.
Inhowever, my money was once again on Sammet.
AVANTASIA LYRICS – “The Wicked Symphony” () album
Every song is an utter pleasure to listen to, look no further than “Dying for an Angel” again usual of Tobias drawing similarities to tracks such as “Lost in Space” or “Superheroes” although entirely more enjoyable. Highly recommended to power metal aficionados. One can’t quite often talk about a metal album; it’s rather a hard rock album.
If you forgive the minor filler, this is a standout vocal driven power metal album that really lets the vocals do all the talking! Sammet as the singer of German power metallers Edguy. Not only is it sung fabulously but the line is very true and shows that Tobias does have some song writing talent in him.
They manage to use properly the acoustics and the piano to create a nice atmosphere and comfortability to the sound. For me, this is album is truly amazing. What’s even sadder is the fact that the orchestration that is present throughout much of the album is almost completely nonexistent here, therefore any hope of it being better than “Symphony of Life” is dashed.
This song is truly great and lives up to the Avantasia name. After a very Conan the Barbarian-esque opening, the festivities kick off in fine form with the title track, a rousing, stomping number with Tobias engaging in very effective dueling vocals with Jorn Lande Jornex- Mastermind and Russell Allen Symphony X.