Published On: Sat, Feb 9th, 2013

AVANTASIA: THE MYSTERY OF TIME ALBUM ARTWORK REVEALED

AVANTASIA_THE MYSTERY OF TIME ALBUM ARTWORKHighly-acclaimed British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Thin Lizzy,
Asia, Nazareth, Magnum) is the talent behind AVANTASIA’s album artwork
for The Mystery Of Time.

States AVANTASIA mastermind Tobias Sammet:

It is a great honor for me to have Rodney create the artwork . . . Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork.  I’ve had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start.  I put a lot of energy into producing a very detailed and fascinating album, and Rodney had that same enthusiasm to create an artwork just as detailed and fascinating.  This is a new chapter in AVANTASIA’s history and I think it didn’t deserve less than a magical painting by my favorite painter and childhood hero: The one and only Rodney Matthews!

The Mystery Of Time will be released this spring.  Track listing for the new album is:

01. Spectres

02. The Watchmaker’s Dream

03. Black Orchid

04. Where Clock Hands Freeze

05. Sleepwalking

06. Savior In The Clockwork

07. Invoke The Machine

08. What’s Left Of Me

09. Dweller In A Dream

10. The Great Mystery

Guests on The Mystery Of Time rock opera include: Joe Lynn Turner
(ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins
(Pretty Maids), Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween,
Unisonic), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance), Bruce Kulick (Grand
Funk Railroad, ex-KISS, ex-Meat Loaf), Russell Gilbrook (URIAH HEEP),
guitarist/producer Sascha Paeth, and the German Film Orchestra
Babelsberg.

AVANTASIA studio updates are available on their Youtube channel

AVANTASIA’s last two albums, The Wicked Symphony and Angel Of Babylon,
were released in 2010 and included guest appearances by Klaus Meine
(SCORPIONS), Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-JUDAS
PRIEST, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-ICED EARTH), Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X),
and Jon Oliva (JON OLIVA’S PAIN, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE)
among others.

“Dying For An Angel” (featuring SCORPIONS’ Klaus Meine), “Carry Me
Over,” and “Lost In Space” are samplings of what AVANTASIA offers.

When not crafting epic music for AVANTASIA, Tobias Sammet fronts the high humor/high energy heavy metal band EDGUY.

AVANTASIA Live: 

12.04. B Moens – PPM Festival

THE MYSTERY WORLD TOUR 2013

13.04. CH Pratteln – Z7

14.04. CH Pratteln – Z7

16.04. I Mailand – Alcatraz

18.04. D Ludwigsburg – MPH Arena

19.04. D Kaufbeuren – All-Karthalle

20.04.  D Fulda – Esperanto Halle

22.04. D Berlin – Tempodrom

23.04. D Hamburg – Große Freiheit

25.04. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle

26.04. D Lichtenfels – Stadthalle

10.05. D Amsterdam – Melkweg

31.05. ES Madrid – Sonisphere

01.06. ES Barcelona – Sonisphere

08.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival

21.06. F Clisson – Hellfest

23.06. RU Moscow – Milk

25.06. ARG Buenos Aires – El Teatro

27.06. CHI Santiago de Chile – Teatro Caupolican

29.06. BR Sao Paolo – HCBC Hall

13.07. D Ballenstedt – Rock Harz

14.07. CZ Zlin – Masters Of Rock

10.08. UK Derbyshire / Catton Park – Bloodstock Festival

 

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