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Angel Of Babylon

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Pressing of this album from the Metal side project formed by Edguy vocalist Tobias Sammet. Tobias has teamed up with some outstanding musicians to create not just one, but two, awe inspiring symphonic metal albums: Angel Of Babylon and Wicket Symphony. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in metal for these two albums, including ex-Judas Priest vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens, Klaus Meine of Scorpions and Helloween lead singer Michael Kiske. These two new albums follow the same roots yet surpass their prequel in a lot of ways. Tobias Sammet is keeping this project on the highest possible level, showing everybody that he really is a musical genius.Nuclear Blast. 2010.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B0038KHTGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I went into greater detail on both "The Wicked Symphony" and "Angel of Babylon" in my review on the deluxe edition, but I wanted to share some thoughts on AoB here.

It is true that TWS is probably better than AoB, but just because AoB isn't quite as good does not mean it isn't a five-star release. It's an ambitious release, even more so than TWS, and contains some great vocal performances by Avantasia regulars Tobias Sammet, Jorn Lande, and Bob Catley, as well as some excellent debuts from Jon Oliva and Cloudy Yang.

The album takes more chances and isn't afraid to bring in more rock elements. There's still plenty of bombastic power elements to go around. The opener "Stargazers" is a typical Avantasia epic. While I think the chorus could be better, it's still an excellent song. "Angel of Babylon" brings the speed for those craving it and throws in some cool time changes for good measure.

It's with the next two tracks that things change-up. "Your Love is Evil" is pretty much a hard rock number. A little Bon Jovi-like, it's a catchy number and one of my favorite tracks on the album though it wouldn't shock me to learn some people don't care for it. "Death is Just a Feeling" features Jon Oliva on lead vocal duties singing the role of The Toy Master formerly played by Alice Cooper. Here the Toy Master is no longer among the living and somewhat fearful of anyone who is still attached to a mortal body. It's a very emotive and colorful performance and the show-stopper of the album. It's the type of song that can only be found on a concept album. I think it works incredibly well though some may be put off by it.

Where AoB falls a little short of TWS is in the songs designed to be more straight-forward rock/metal tracks.
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Whats not to love? I love every single track, some songs are a continuation of some of the songs on Scarecrow. I have yet to come across any song I do not like from this band, only a handful of bands do that for me. There is a nice mix of metal and ballads here. If you're a fan, get this-you will not be disappointing.
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Angel of Babylon marks the end of Tobias Sammet's successful Scarecrow trilogy. This is the final part -- interestingly, the second part, The Wicked Symphony, will be released Stateside a month later.

As with all previous Avantasia discs, Angel of Babylon has a great array of guests, both vocalists and musicians. Besides Sascha Paeth's guitar parts, duties are shared by other great players including Bruce Kulick, Oliver Hartmann, and Henjo Richter. Each guitarist plays in his most suitable role: Kulick has been chosen to shine on the album's hard-rocking numbers, such as the nine-minute opener "Stargazers", the fast-paced "Rat Race", and the brilliant finale "Journey to Arcadia". Of these, "Stargazers" is easily the highlight of the album -- it sees vocal deities like Jorn Lande, Michael Kiske, and Russell Allen giving their best, with sweeing harmonies, excellent fretwork, thunderous drum parts, and of course Sammet's own touch.

Unlike the Metal Opera discs, Angel of Babylon is more like a compilation record with more varied songs. This gives it a more diverse nature, as it consists of the typical Euro power metal style songs like "Promised Land"; the more hard rock-based cuts "Angel of Babylon" and "Your Love is Evil" (check the 80's vocal choruses!); and even the more daring, somewhat goth metal-like "Symphony of Life", sung by Cloudy Yang. This is a song with lots of synth parts, in part electronical, a huge chorus in the mould of Anneke van Giersbergen circa The Gathering's If_Then_Else period. Also, there are the very typical 80's ballad kind of songs on this album: "Blowing Out the Flame". Here, Sammet sings exactly like Jon Bon Jovi. Think their These Days album, which was basically an album of a million ballads.
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Angel Of Babylon Is A great Album By German Metal Pioneers AVANTASIA
It Is The 5th full length studio Album Of the band led by fantastic lead singer Tobias Sammet (Edguy)
He really delivers on this one with such tracks as Rat Race, Alone I remember, Journey To Arcadia, And the great Title Track "Angel Of Babylon" He and his right hand Avantasian Jorn Lande Lay Down Some killer Vocals And Tobias's Bass Playing is incredably bluesy for a Power Metal Record!!!! All In All This is A Excellent Album By These Guys And I hope Tobias And The Gang Don't Stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I enjoyed the Metal Opera series by Avantasia, but this trilogy is 100% great from top to bottom and beginning to end - there is no other album that I could do this with, and this is three albums of straight ahead metal opera, which is a misnomer in my opinion - this is a huge Concept Album, without any real opera elements in the vocals or the music - Angel of Babylon continues where the Scarecrow left off and pushes you to the finale with great music and vocals ... only one part left in the trilogy at this point ... (to be continued in The Wicked Symphony...)
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This is an excellent trilogy, starting with Scarecrow, but this is hands down the best of the three. If you're a die hard Metal fan like me, check this one out as quick as possible. Not a weak track on this one. Down In the Dark; WOW!
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