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Angel of Babylon

AvantasiaAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B0038KHTGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second only to The Wicked Symphony April 13, 2010
By Joe H.
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.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edguy's Frontman is a Rock Genius 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
4.0 out of 5 stars End of the Scarecrow trilogy April 13, 2010
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good conclusion of the Scarecrow trilogy. Production is solid. Song-writing is solid with plenty of hooks. Nice addition of guest artists.
Published 4 months ago by BassJas
5.0 out of 5 stars features Jorn Lande
features the Voice that Roared, Jorn Lande... all you need to know and purchase. this dude has sang on over 30 albums by now and just continues to be make everything he touches... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Richard Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Album and band are excellent
While listening to a vinyl edition.
I collect vinyl and five could not miss this.
I have a website that I comment on vinyl editions:... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Divkloss
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Heavy Metal
This is an excellent trilogy, starting with Scarecrow, but this is hands down the best of the three. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rod Gibbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good album
I ended up liking enough tracks to get the whole album, which ended up being slightly cheaper. I don't like all Avantasia songs, but I liked almost all of the ones on this... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Second part to the trilogy
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... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent disc
Woow, this album is perfect, the music is very good, the sound quality is very very good, Avantasia is an excellent power band. I recommend this album and this band.
Published on July 15, 2011 by Roy Bonilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece By The German Gods Of Power Metal
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)... Read more
Published on August 31, 2010 by Lewis N. Selders
2.0 out of 5 stars The weaker of instalments 2 & 3 in the Scarecrow concept
This really is a double album released in two parts no doubt to reap the best financial rewards, so I'll mention both albums here and publish ALMOST the same review for the other... Read more
Published on June 14, 2010 by wizey
3.0 out of 5 stars Weaker than The Wicked Symphony, but still good
Avantasia is a project composed and put together by vocalist Tobias Sammet of Edguy. The first Avantasia releases were the 'The Metal Opera' parts 1 and 2. Read more
Published on April 13, 2010 by John
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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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