The Wicked Symphony

The Wicked Symphony

by Avantasia
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The Wicked Symphony

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 Queensrÿche 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2010
Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
UPC: 0727361235123
catalogNumber: 12351

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

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The Wicked Symphony 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TimEcon2014 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago