The Wicked Symphony

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Power metal will probably never regain the level of visibility it enjoyed during the '80s heyday of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, but there is still plenty of power metal being recorded in the 21st century; one just has to know where to find it. And German headbanger Tobias Sammet has been doing his part to keep '70s/'80s-style power metal alive -- not only as the frontman for Edguy, but also with Avantasia, the side project he started in 1999. The Wicked Symphony comes 11 years after Sammet founded Avantasia, but there are no attempts to sound modern by 21st century standards. Oblivious to punk-influenced styles like alternative metal, death metal, black metal, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Power metal will probably never regain the level of visibility it enjoyed during the '80s heyday of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, but there is still plenty of power metal being recorded in the 21st century; one just has to know where to find it. And German headbanger Tobias Sammet has been doing his part to keep '70s/'80s-style power metal alive -- not only as the frontman for Edguy, but also with Avantasia, the side project he started in 1999. The Wicked Symphony comes 11 years after Sammet founded Avantasia, but there are no attempts to sound modern by 21st century standards. Oblivious to punk-influenced styles like alternative metal, death metal, black metal, metalcore, and rap-metal, this 2010 release underscores Avantasia's firm commitment to power metal as it sounded 25 years earlier. The Wicked Symphony is metal neo-classicism in action, which means an epic approach that enthusiastically recalls a time when Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, and Queensr├┐che were fixtures on MTV. And why shouldn't metal have its neo-classicists? Jazz has Young Lions who emulate the hard bop improvisers of the '50s and '60s; folk has college-age singers whose musical blueprint is Joan Baez or Judy Collins circa 1964. There's no reason why metal shouldn't celebrate its past as well, and Avantasia does exactly that on epic offerings such as "Blizzard on a Broken Mirror," "Dying for an Angel," "Black Wings," and "Scales of Justice" -- all of which keep Sammet firmly planted in his '80s-obsessed comfort zone. Few surprises occur on The Wicked Symphony, but if Sammet is fairly predictable, he is also pleasingly consistent -- and this is an easy album to enjoy if one is in the mood for a staunchly neo-classicist approach to metal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361235123
  • Catalog Number: 12351
  • Sales rank: 26,852

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Avantasia Primary Artist
Bob Catley Vocals, Guest Appearance
Michael Kiske Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bruce Kulick Guitar
Klaus Meine Vocals, Guest Appearance
Eric Singer Drums
Sascha Paeth Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Andre Matos Vocals, Guest Appearance
Thomas Rettke Background Vocals
Cinzia Rizzo Background Vocals
Alex Holzwarth Drums
Tim "Ripper" Owens Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ralf Zdiarstek Vocals, Guest Appearance
Russell Allen Vocals, Guest Appearance
Tobias Sammet Organ, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Jorn Lande Vocals, Guest Appearance
Felix Bohnke Drums
Matthias Kontny Background Vocals
Oliver Hartmann Guitar, Background Vocals
Miro Rodenberg Piano, Keyboards
Amanda Somerville Background Vocals
Ina Morgan Background Vocals
Simon Oberender Organ
Cloudy Yang Background Vocals
Tiffany Kirkland Background Vocals
Olli Hartmann Guitar, Soloist
Michael Voy Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Sascha Paeth Producer, Engineer
Thomas Ewerhard Cover Art, Layout
Tobias Sammet Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes
Olaf Reitmeier Engineer
Jeremy Rubolino Engineer
Miro Rodenberg Orchestration
Vinny Burns Engineer
Simon Oberender Engineer
Michael "Miro" Rodenberg Mastering
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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Amazing.

    This is one simply ah-mazing album... start to finish. Combined with the separate but equal successor "Angel of Babylon," twenty-two songs, without a single filler. I'd even listen to Christian music that sounds like this! It's that good!

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