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The Wicked Symphony

May 4, 2010

Song Title
The Wicked Symphony
Scales Of Justice
Dying For An Angel
Blizzard On A Broken Mirror
Runaway Train
Forever Is A Long Time
Black Wings
States Of Matter
The Edge

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  • Original Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 Nuclear Blast GmbH
  • Total Length: 1:00:22
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,113 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Conclusion April 13, 2010
By Joe H.
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to review this release without some bias creeping in. You see, I greatly enjoyed both Metal Opera releases but never expected a third. Of course, there was no Metal Opera Part 3, but there was "The Scarecrow." Tobias Sammet initially intended for "The Scarecrow" to be just a solo release but during the writing process found he had the makings of a new Avantasia release. With some encouragement from producer/guitarist Sascha Paeth, Tobi wrote and recorded "The Scarecrow," which while different in many ways from his previous works under the Avantasia banner, still contained a lot of the bombastic and over-the-top elements he is known for.

Last year I was quite surprised and delighted to hear that Tobi was crafting a sequel. I become even more elated when I found the sequel would be two parts. Some excellent vocalists were brought on board to carry on the Avantasia name including Russell Allen (Symphony X), Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex Judas Priest, ex Iced Earth) and Klaus Meine (Scorpions). I was already sold.

It's no surprise that I love this release. I do not know if either is better than "The Scarecrow," but it does not matter as both are great complements as well as stand alone records. Both are stylistically very similar to "The Scarecrow" in that they contain a lot of power metal influences as well as hard rock and progressive elements. For those of you that didn't care for "The Scarecrow," you probably won't find much to like here.

Now, as for the albums, where to start? I suppose at the beginning, with the "The Wicked Symphony," a big Avantasia epic topping the nine minute mark. There are a couple of epics on the set, some work better than others, but this one is the clear cut cream of the crop.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By John
Format:Audio CD
(This review is for the 2CD 'Box Set' edition of The Wicked Symphony & Angel Of Babylon)

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. Both records are regarded as some of the best, modern power metal albums and feature famous guests such as Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen and Timo Tolkki. The project was revived in 2008 with the release of the album 'The Scarecrow'. The album featured famous guests such as Alice Cooper, Jorn Lande and Rudolf Schenker, among others and the music leaned more towards hard rock rather than power metal. The Scarecrow was amongst the 20 best selling albums in Europe upon it's release.

On April 3, 2010, Tobias Sammet released The Scarecrow's sequel, as a double album named "The Wicked Symphony & Angel Of Babylon" or as two separate disks. The main musicians remain the same, with Tobias Sammet on bass and lead vocals, Sascha Paeth (ex-Heaven's Gate) on guitars and Eric Singer (Kiss) on drums.

The cast of guest vocalists includes some of the biggest names in rock and metal! Klaus Meine (Scorpions), Tim Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth), Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain), Jorn Lande (ex-Ark, Masterplan), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Place Vendome), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Bob Catley (Magnum), Andre Matos (ex-Angra, Shaaman), Cloudy Yang and Ralf Zdiarstek.

Guest musicians include guitarists Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf) and Oliver Hartmann (ex-At Vance), keyboardist Jens Johansson (Stratovarius) and both Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody) and Felix Bohnke (Edguy) on drums.

Both The Wicked Symphony and Angel Of Babylon are outstanding albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Cheap Versions June 7, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The music on this release has received detailed analysis in other reviews. Both albums are great, and I think they will grow on me over time. Since I discovered Tobi's music last year, I've purchased almost everything he's done - Edguy, Avantasia, other side projects, and guest appearances. I love the guy.

I just wanted to warn folks to avoid cheaper versions of this package. I thought I'd found a great deal on the Deluxe Edition ("12 new from $29.99"), but what I recieved was 2 cheap digipacks and no code for bonus content - NOT the hardbound deluxe edition that I was expecting. I don't know if it was a bootleg, but there were glue strings from the digipacks stuck to the faces of the CDs, and the carboard was very thin with visible scoring marks on the edges.

While I would have purchased both of these CDs separately, I wouldn't have paid $64 for the fancy version anyway. Once I removed the glue, I was mostly satisfied.

I got what I paid for.

For anyone who DOES need the hardcover books and bonus material, stay away from the $29.99 version!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symphonic Masterpiece May 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Tobias has prepared a special CD set here. It's literally two hours of non-stop awesomeness! I cannot stress enough that every song on both albums are of the highest quality. Doesn't matter if you buy the Deluxe set or buy them both individually, so long as you buy them both. Don't deprive yourself of this epic set. There is something here for everyone. My life has truly been enriched by this music.

Keep Rockin!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice
This is a good album and continuation from the Scarecrow. Songs have plenty of hooks and great sounding instruments. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BassJas
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Avantasia
I don't think this was their strongest, but it's definitely a worth-while album for Avantasia fans. The title track is epic.
Published 6 months ago by mst3k4eva
I've know about this band for a number of years now, but I literally just started listening to them a coup'la weeks ago w/the stellar "The ScareCrow" from '08, & this, the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by METAL_SOLDIER_4EVER
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Avantasia. What Do You Expect?
What can I say? It's an Avantasia album, so you're guaranteed a good listen. Like most, if not all Avantasia songs, they're extremely catchy and the musician ship is amazing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by RattleHead
5.0 out of 5 stars features Jorn Lande
features the Voice That Roared, Jorn Lande....Thee New Voice of Rock. This Viking makes everything he sings on including his own albums Killer.
Published 15 months ago by Richard Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, bad product.
First off, the CD was great and the actual disc was brand new. But the CD was conditioned as "New" and "Factory Sealed" yet when I got it, the CD case was cracked... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bailey Lawrence
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 Music is great, box is poor.
The double album deluxe edition is really good choice for people who know and like the Avantasia style. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ryslav
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect End 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 Wicked Symphony by Avantasia
Terrific CD. Avantasia has not disappointed in the past and continues to put out great music! I definitely would recommend this one.
Published on April 2, 2012 by metal lover
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