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Metal Opera


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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00005LMOK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude
2. Reach Out For The Light
3. Serpents In Paradise
4. Malleus Maleficarum
5. Breaking Away
6. Farewell
7. The Glory Of Rome
8. In Nomine Patris
9. Avantasia
10. A New Dimension
11. Inside
12. Sign Of The Cross
13. The Tower

Editorial Reviews

Avantasia's The Metal Opera is the concept album masterpiece created by Edguy vocalist Tobias Sammet. Features members of some of the leading power metal acts like Helloween, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius, Virgin Steele, Rhapsody and, of course, Edguy. 13 track

Customer Reviews

The production shines too, very powerful and thin.
Max Steel
If you are a fan of power metal, or you're just curious about the genre, check out Avantasia: the metal opera!
AllMetal
There are precious few things to complain about in this album.
Jon R. Patrick

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "overture_al" on January 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Having been listening to all forms of heavy metal music since 1984, there are probably ten albums that I could probably refer to as 'all-time greats'. Avantasia ranks amongst those ten, and that is why it gets 5 stars here on this review.
Make no mistake, Tobias Sammet knows how to write a melody - he's unlocked the secret of knowing how to hook the listener. By combining neo-classical progressions, to galloping Steve Harris type bass lines, and fusing singing styles of operatic metal to harmonious guitar leads, Avantasia delivers the goods (and then some).
You can hear influences here from Rainbow/Blackmore and Dio, to Queen and Malmsteen, and ending up at Megadeth and Maiden. I can't honestly fault this CD. The influences are sprinkled about in abundance with no excuses - you'll hear Tangerene Dream merged with Celtic choirs, underlined by Metallica's Orion, and set to orchestrated pieces that belong in a David Lean/Ridley Scott/Stanley Kubrick-type epic.
On the other side, here is some criticism, although slightly minor: First of all, Tobias Sammet surely has to be making a concious effort to purposely sound like Bruce Dickinson - simply because he didn't sound this similar to Bruce on Vain Glory. If I was to hear this CD for the first time without knowing what it was, I would bet a million bucks that the singer was Bruce - it is that uncanny. However, it is not necessarily a bad thing since the style fits the CD nicely, and Tobias is not the only voice you hear. (Hansi Kursch is sorely missed).
Final point: you may not necessarily want to read between the lines when listening to this concept-opera because you may be offended by the religous themes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Ness on August 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Edguy-genius Tobias Sammet comes with a solo-project here. I always suspected he had a serious side too, but now he proved it on this masterful metal opera.

The first part starts with a prelude, an example of a great sense for symphony and sphere. It also gives the listener the time to read the impressive guest list. Henjo Richter, known from the famous act Gamma Ray, does the lead guitar on this album and with outstanding skill, although I think his solo's could be more varied, but they were written by master Tobias Sammet himself, so I have no reason to blame Richter. Helloween's Markus Grosskopf does the bass lines and does this very well. The drums are done by Alex Holzwarth, who's now into Rhapsody, and he really brings originality and variation into his drumming techniques.

The second song "Reach out for the light" begins immediately after "Prelude", so I first didn't realize it was the second track. It starts with a really melodic and rather happy intro with double guitar lines. Then Sammet, alias novice Gabriel, starts to complain about his imprisonment and the way things went wrong in his life. He's definitely my favourite metal-singer, because there's just no one who can overpower him in singing originally and high. Michael "Ernie" Kiske, alias druid Lugaid Vandroiy, does the vocals in the chorus and the contrast with Sammet is clear. Kiske sings slowly and melancholically and there's some kind of echo in his voice, which gives the song a new dimension. A great opener, I should say.

"Serpents in Paradise" is the next song and this one and the previous track flow perfectly into each other. This time Sammet sings more slowly and the guitars tune down to.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jon R. Patrick on March 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled across this album through my love of the band Savatage. Their high-water-mark album, Streets: A Rock Opera, has remained my favorite album of all time for almost a decade now.
When I stumbled across this album, it wasn't because of a recommendation by another Tobias Sammet lover or anything of the kind... it was because the title: "The Metal Opera" caught my eye. Similarity of title caught my curiousity!
Thank goodness! I cannot be more pleased to have discovered this album. It is a testament to the poor state of american music, and metal in particular, that this album is anonymous and you'll never, ever hear this on the radio.
There are precious few things to complain about in this album. The songs are catchy, heavy, melodic, and operatic, all at the same time. They offer depth and musical 'chops', while at the same time being 'sing-alongable'. They _are_, do not be mistaken, very Christian songs; you need only read the lyrics to know that, but the message does not distract from the music. This is an *opera*, and the message is given in the 3rd person, not a heavy-handed 1st person POV.
This album leapt in one listen-through to the tops of my all-time albums. I cannot highly recommend this album to others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hidekipooj on July 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As I begin to write this review for the Metal Opera Parts 1 and 2 I'm thinking about the good and bad parts of all of Power Metal as a genre. Good: Double-Bass drums increase the speed of the music, brilliant guitar solos, and wonderful symbolic lyrics of quests of dungeons and dragons that are a metaphor for the adventures of life. Bad: High-pitched squeaky vocalists, repetitive music, and sometimes way too cheesy lyrics. Well, if you are a fan of this genre of music, this is the perfect album for you. Because it contains most of the good and only a few of the bad. The "Metal Opera" is to Power Metal fans as "Dark side of the Moon" is to progressive rock fans or Beethoven's Ninth is to classical fans. Every genre of music has one album that stands out as the crown-achievement of all that that genre is...and the Metal Opera parts 1 and 2, hand-in-hand share that title.

Once upon a time, there was a Power Metal group called "Edguy". And the main-man of that group was named Tobias Sammet. One day, Tobias got this idea in his head. An album...or two albums worth of Power Metal that would not only mix the greatest in vocals, guitar, and drums of the genre but also carry out a successful story to go with the lyrics, and thus the Metal Opera was born. This dual concept-album is a Power Metal fan's journey through a mystical world called Avantasia and the adventures that occur. Not only is the music great, but the story that goes along with the lyrics is carefully written to blend with the lyrics and melodies of the album.

Track Listing:

1.) Prelude-A keyboard intro...like most Power Metal openings.

2.) Reach out for the light-Starts the album off with a kick. Soaring vocals, catchy guitar work, and lyrics about not being able to turn anywhere.
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