|Review: Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony|
|The Wicked Symphony|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: October 30, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
for:The Wicked Symphony
Rated 3.97/5 (79.43%) (35 Votes)
Tobias Sammet seems just as dedicated to his amazing project, Avantasia, as he is to his "day" job, fronting Edguy. With their new album, The Wicked Symphony, we should really stop thinking of Avantasia as a "project" and consider them to be a fully formed band. The Wicked Symphony is a sheer joy to anyone who appreciates melodic metal. The Metal Opera carries on.
Ever since their first album, Avantasia has provided a meeting ground for metal musicians. As on Aina, Nuclear Blast All-Stars and Ayreon, Sammet's vision of melodic metal is the driving force. The music runs from Hard Rock to modern European Power Metal. The range of singers was picked according to the style with which they are most associated. On The Wicked Symphony Sammet has summoned the following; Jorn Lande (Jorn), Klaus Meine (Scorpions), Bob Cately (Magnum), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Place Vendome), Ripper Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear), Andre Matos (solo, ex-Angra), Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Ralf Zdiarstek (Avantasia, backup for Edguy). As with prior Avantasia albums, this is an interesting mix of the old and new in melodic metal.
Sammet, via his amazing writing, playing and vocal abilities, provides his usual, magical stories. As the "manager" of the project, Sammet knows which vocalist to place on which song. It may be that some of the singers are more experienced and even a bit better than Sammet, but on The Wicked Symphony, they stand together, creating a bombastic performance.
Every track on The Wicked Symphony is catchy, but not too poppy. The only thing that will stop the power of Avantasia is if the band itself stops. Guitarists Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann and Bruce Kulick produce some amazing music while drummers Eric Singer, Alex Holtzwarth and Felix Bohnke create everything from softer to "spastic" passages.
The energy of the musicians beckons you to listen to another story. Sammet, whose works with Edguy have taken some peculiar turns in the past few years, evokes the Power Metal of Theatre of Salvation, Edguy's best album, in my opinion.
Sometimes The Wicked Symphony even reminds me of old Queen, especially "Bohemian Rhapsody." Just wonder how this metal opera would have sounded with Freddie Mercury as one of the guests. This album is one of Sammet's greatest works. Displaying diversity along with compulsive catchiness, no one will tire of The Wicked Symphony. Those qualities are hard to shake.
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