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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.

1. Angel of Babylon
2. Stargazers
3. Your Love is Evil
4. Death is Just a Feeling
5. Rat Race
6. Down in the Dark
7. Blowing out the Flame
8. Symphony of Life
9. Alone I Remember
10. Promised Land
11. Journey to Arcadia

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B0038KHTGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joe H. on April 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2010
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This is rock at its finest, and is just as good as the Wicked Symphony, and the Scarecrow in my humble opinion. A little metal, a little Scorpions style hard rock, with tons of hooks, and melody. While Tobias Sammet has the skills to write catchy pop metal songs, which he does, he seems to prefer to write grandiose almost proggy arrangements, and then stretches that mood throughout an entire album. It quickly starts with Stargazer, a signature Tobias Sammet song, long, with several changes; the type of song that seems to lead you on a journey, and when its over, you feel changed. The title track continues the adventure, as does Your Love Is Evil, both falling into the pop-metal genre, building up to what I believe to be the best song on the album, Death Is Just A Feeling. Jon Oliva bellows the lead vocals on this sinful track, starting like a Nightmare Before Christmas/ Tim Burton number, then completely explodes into a classic opera metal masterpiece.

By then the mood is completely set for the album, or so I thought. After another vintage Edguy rocker, and a classic Avantasia Ballad, the biggest surprise of the album is the one song Tobi doesn't sing on. Symphony of Life, sung by Cloudy Yang brings the best female vocal performance on any Avantasia album to date. This almost sounds like a modern female fronted hard rock radio hit. Probably not in America. Promised land is also a powerful rocker, which always brings a smile to my face. I love this album, but then I love all the Avantasia albums; I only love five of the Edguy albums, I simply really like the rest; and this may be the one that places Avantasia ahead of Edguy for me. Of coarse Jorn Lande makes numerous appearences on the record, and is brilliant as always, taking the unsung hero role once again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on April 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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.
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Where to get a version without the mastering defect?
Thanks for the update. The version I got was the Mexico pressing, which had the defect and had been hoping there was a solution. The closest I came was ripping the CD to iTunes at 320 kbps, and then setting those particular tracks to stop five seconds before the end. So, at least when I listen to... Read More
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