A Metal-opera. Aha. Tobias Sammet (front-joker of EDGUY) has created an album all on his own that without exaggeration is among the best that the genre of Power Metal has spawned in a long time! And it is epic and monumental enough to go through as an opera.
But don't fear, there won't be any fat ladies singing, but you will get some of the best voices that Metal has to offer. Here just the names of the participants, which should speak for themselves: Michael Kiske (Ex-HELLOWEEN), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY), André Matos (Ex-ANGRA), Oliver Hartmann (AT VANCE), Sharon van Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION), Rob Rock... Any more questions?
Embedded into a grand concept Tobi has created another pinnacle of European/German Power Metal, with driving double-bass-crackers, epic choirs, emotional passages, atmosphere, everything is featured at its best here. Sure, there are more than enough bands, which play this style, but not on such a premier level!
"Reach Out For The Light", "Breaking Away", "Farewell", "Avantasia", the brilliant "Sign Of The Cross" and the almost ten-minute "The Tower" (and all the other songs as well) are prime examples for this album being a hot contender for the title of "album of the year", and if only for the fact that Kiske is finally singing METAL again!!!