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AVANTASIA premiere new song featuring Hansi Kürsch and Jorn Lande

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Written by Jovan Ristić

German metal opera project AVANTASIA, the brainchild of Tobias Sammet (Edguy) have just released an 11-minute epic track titled “The Raven Child” featuring longtime collaborator Jorn Lande (ex-Masterplan) and Blind Guardian singer Hansi Kürsch. The track is taken off of their upcoming album “Moonglow” scheduled to arrive on February 1st, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. You can watch the lyrics video below and pre-order the album at the official Nuclear Blast store.

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, 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. 

Just like its predecessor “Ghostlights”, which took the listener on a journey that asked questions about their very existence, “Moonglow” also is dark, spine-chilling and eminently fascinating. “In a way, its lyrical topics are quite dreamy,” theorizes Sammet. “There’s no end of the world touch; I see these songs as having a Tim Burton-esque eeriness.”

Another commonality with “Ghostlights” is that “Moonglow” is conceptually based. “Yeah, the songs are interlinked,” Sammet confirms. “Each song is a chapter based upon a creature that is thrown into the world but fails to find its place. It cannot connect with that environment and turns instead to the dark in the hope of finding shelter there.”

“The lyrics are very personal but wrapped up in a fantastic surrounding inspired by writers of dark romanticism, especially gothic novels of the Victorian era by the likes of Arthur Machen or Algernon Blackwood. Yes, it’s a concept album but don’t expect elves walking through the forest,” laughs Tobi.

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“Moonglow” tracklist:

01. Ghost in the Moon
02. Book of Shallows (feat. Hansi Kürsch , Ronnie Atkins , Jorn Lande & Mille Petrozza)
03. Moonglow (feat. Candice Night)
04. The Raven Child (feat. Hansi Kürsch & Jorn Lande)
05. Starlight (feat. Ronnie Atkins)
06. Invincible (feat. Geoff Tate)
07. Alchemy (feat. Geoff Tate)
08. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (feat. Ronnie Atkins, Jorn Lande, Eric Martin, Bob Catley & Geoff Tate)
09. Lavender (feat. Bob Catley)
10. Requiem for a Dream (feat. Michael Kiske)
11. Maniac (feat. Eric Martin)
12. Heart

The Moonglow World Tour

The Moonglow World Tour kicks off in Slovakia at the end of March, taking in many of the biggest cities in Europe, Russia, Japan, Australia and North, Central and South America.  “It’s so difficult to coordinate the schedules of everybody who’d like to appear, which is what makes Avantasia tours so precious,” Sammet states. “With the configurations featured on each record, these events are unlikely to happen again.” You can view the complete list of tour dates at this link.

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