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The Metal Opera Pt. II [Extra tracks]

AvantasiaAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 29, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00006RINI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Seven Angels
2. No Return
3. The Looking Glass
4. In Quest For
5. The Final Sacriface
6. Neverland
7. Anywhere
8. Chalice Of Agony
9. Memory
10. Into The Unknown
11. Chalice Of Agony (Edit Version) (Bonus Track)
12. Avantasia (Single Version) (Bonus Track)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Avantasia series will blow your mind September 29, 2005
By M. Ness
Format:Audio CD
When I heard of this album's release, I was convinced that what I considered to be the zenith of the genre would be reached, but for some reason I'm still stubborn enough to believe that there will be an album better than this one, and that's why I can't give it the 100% that I have yet to give, but this one got extremely close.

The same bunch of musicians that pulled forces to bring us the amazing Avantasia Part 1 has now returned to dish it out once more. I can't say that it's better or worse, nor can I say it's exactly the same as it's predecessor despite that I gave it the same rating. In truth, you have to treat both CDs as one album, one story, even though they were released separately.

First I will hit on the talent in this group. First rate musicians from beginning to end. I was particularly taken by the guitar work on here, the tracks laid down by Henjo Richter are mind blowing, as are the leads that he dishes out, particularly the riveting twin guitar lead on Chalice of Agony. I actually had the unique honor of teaching this solo to 2 teenagers at a summer camp who performed this song with a band of campers. I assure you it is quite challenging. But also note the efforts of Timo Tolkki and Jens Ludwig.

I have to hand it to Tobias Sammet for rounding out such top notch musical collaborators for his effort. Michael Kiske's role has diminished in this part as opposed to part 1, which is my lone complaint of this album. But this has given way to include the new character performed by Bob Catley, whose voice fills the gap and puts a new feel to the story. Andre Matos and Kai Hansen are back in good form, and naturally Tobias is ruling the roost, which is the right of the man who leads the project and composes the songs.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the Century Media version!!!! November 4, 2005
By R. Rock
Format:Audio CD
An excellent release .... just don't buy this version. The Century Media release with the Bonus Tracks contains audio that appears to have gone through some kind of lossy audio encoding process (i.e. encoded to MP3 then back to PCM) before being sent to the manufacturing plant.

Avoid this one, check out the other versions and make sure you receive the full audio spectrum that you paid for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Effervescent Epic Metal Brilliance! July 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I know I've said this about too many people, but Tobias Sammet is, without a doubt, one of the most gifted songwriters in the melodic metal field today. Not only does his main band Edguy progress light years with each album, but his pet project Avantasia yields such a wellspring of talent and style its effect is almost overwhelming. This album's predecessor was novel for what it was, and I almost wrote it off as an Ayreon knock-off, but The Metal Opera Part II really drives home the rock opera theme that was primarily lacking on the first album. Starring vocalists on this disc include Michael Kiske (great to hear the man on a METAL album again!), Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen, Virgin Steele's David Defeis, former Angra frontman Andre Matos, and Within Temptation's Sharon Den Adel (who also lends her talents to Arjen Lucassen's various Ayreon projects). As stated, Part II exemplifies the rock opera aspect more than "a collection of metal songs with superstar vocalists," as each track, grandiose in its own way, combines impressions of both Meatloaf and Queen intricacies, while carefully shying away from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway fluff. The power of these tracks is nothing short of incredible. Even metal fans that do not appreciate the power metal genre will be awed by the grandness of this album. Savatage fans will obviously eat it up, as parallels can be drawn to some of their work as well...Paul O'Neill would be proud. But I digress; Avantasia shines as a body of work greater than the sum of its parts. Even though the vocal and musician departments are entirely composed of an all-star lineup, Sammet's direction and composition skills creates a brilliant cohesion emphasizing everyone's stronger abilities. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good follow-up May 14, 2003
By SK
Format:Audio CD
I think that Avantasia part 1 is one of the best power metal albums of the new century. That is exactly why I expected a lot from the part 2 of the sequel especially remembering how Helloween came up with 'Keeper' part 2. And what do we have this time around?
Well, I did not like it. Actually, the first song was pretty good that reminded me of part 1 in several places. But then...Even Kiske's presence did not help since the songs were so weak, maybe with an exception of the slower track sung by Bob Catley. I gave this album a few extra spins, but it didn't grow on me.
Instead, you should safely go with 'Avantasia part 1' that represents what true power metal is all about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are the seven, Judgment of Heaven 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: (I will not include the last two bonus tracks.)

1.) Seven Angels-Ah.......the seven angels. A 14+ minute song which is the uppermost of the power metal genre.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ALBUM!!!
Great disc i love it, highly recomended!! a master work! Tobias Sammet is a genius, wonderful musical project! \m/ :D
Published 16 months ago by Josue
2.0 out of 5 stars Weaker compared to the 1st one! Only two true highlights
How can a album with so many 'great' guest musicians be so boring and predictable?

Eventhough I didn't think that the first 'Metal Opera' was a masterpiece; it was... Read more
Published on May 18, 2010 by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
This is a good CD. Combination of Scorpions and Queensryche. This band just doesn't have the sharpness and clarity that these other 2 bands have. Read more
Published on December 6, 2009 by Max Price
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first one
This second part is as good as the first one, without losing any piece of strength or rythm.

A perfect ending for one of the best masterpieces in the world of metal.
Published on April 4, 2008 by E. N. Baena
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet METAL
This band has some of the best METAL vocals I have ever heard. And this CD is a proud continuation of the METAL Opera.
Published on January 23, 2008 by Caleb J. Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of quality rarely acheived these days.
Avantasia's "Metal Opera" is more than a musical experience. It is a medieval-themed theatrical spectacle that leaves the listener breathless and speechless, longing for more. Read more
Published on August 11, 2007 by teahead
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than part one
This second part of Avantasia is much more enjoyable and interesting to listen to.They've given it a lot more grunt than Part 1,kind of turbocharged it. Read more
Published on November 11, 2006 by marc milton-talbot
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST, IF NOT BETTER
Again avantasia sends out a solid performance with probly their best song, seven angels. OOO MY GOD! Seven angels is one of my favorite metal songs ever. Read more
Published on November 16, 2005 by William Cofer Haas
3.0 out of 5 stars Some memorable songs, but not as good as the first.
Once again, we find Tobias Sammet returning to his metal masterpiece with all his power metal friends in tow. Read more
Published on August 14, 2005 by AllMetal
4.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 Of The Avantasia Project
I gotta admit this release is a slight let down after the first Metal Opera which was incredible. Here again you have Bombasic Power Metal played by several different all star... Read more
Published on January 5, 2005 by Matthew Z. Coombs
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