Review

AVANTASIA The Mystery of Time

Album · 2013 · Traditional heavy metal
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4/5 ·
Warthur
On The Mystery of Time, Avantasia assemble all the ingredients of something embarrassingly cheesy - it's a concept album! There's a choir/orchestra! There's Rodney Matthews cover art featuring goblins and treasure! There's an Ayreon-like cast of singers! - but arrive at an end product which is decidedly credible. Power metal majesty, prog metal adventurousness, and rock opera ambition inform the compositions but don't bring along the cheesiness or needless technical wanking that usually accompanies them, resulting in a compelling sound which makes me want to hear more from this project - and from parent band Edguy, for that matter. As with Ayreon's projects, the large number of vocalists can tend to make the project seem a little prone to stunt casting, though it's always nice to hear Michael Kiske doing his thing.
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Warthur wrote:
more than 2 years ago
That's probably where the mistake came in - I did check the album's page on wikipedia to make certain I had the personnel right, but then I started browsing the rest of their discography and Ripper's name jumped out at me.
adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Tim may be heard on The Wicked Symphony though, if you haven't heard that one.
Warthur wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Nice catch, thanks.
adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Tim Owens isn't on this album.

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