AVANTASIA, the all-star rock opera spaceship piloted by EDGUY singer, songwriter and producer Tobias Sammet, release their eighth full-length album, 'Moonglow', via Nuclear Blast Records on February 1st 2019. Since its beginning in 1999, past AVANTASIA releases have featured such galactic heavyweights as Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker (SCORPIONS), Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer (KISS), Eric Martin (MR BIG), SAXON’s Biff Byford, ex-TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider and many more.
This new 11-song record sees Sammet, among the most talented and popular names in German hard rock and metal, reunited with some familiar faces from previous AVANTASIA albums. These include original QUEENSRYCHE lead singer Geoff Tate, PRETTY MAIDS frontman Ronnie Atkins, Michael Kiske of HELLOWEEN, Jørn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN), Eric Martin (MR BIG) and MAGNUM’s Bob Catley. 'Moonglow' also introduces new collaborators Hansi Kürsch of BLIND GUARDIAN, KREATOR’s Mille Petrozza and BLACKMORE’S NIGHT frontwoman Candice Night in truly spectacular fashion.
Sammet began work on 'Moonglow' two years ago, following the completion of the previous AVANTASIA tour. A constant collector of musical ideas, Tobias used the time offered by a blank schedule to expand upon those existing kernels of songs and build upon them, allowing the music to really percolate.
Once again Sammet wrote all of the album’s material with the exception of its cover track, a rocked-up re-make of Michael Sembello’s 'Maniac', a hit from the smash 1981 movie 'Flashdance'. Along with Sascha Paeth, Tobias also acted as the record’s producer.
The first single, the 11 minute epic 'The Raven Child' starring guest vocalists Hansi Kürsch and Jorn Lande will be released in December. The second single 'Moonglow' with the partner of DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night as a guest vocalist will be released in January.
The limited edition of the album also features a special bonus track called 'Heart' which features only on the album’s first shipment. The song concerned is a heart-felt tribute to the Steve Perry-fronted era of AOR legends JOURNEY. The record’s spectacular cover artwork was created by Alexander Jansson. Its art book edition includes paintings by the Victorian-era artist John Atkinson Grimshaw whose work adorns the walls of Tobias’ study.
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