AVANTASIA's 'Ghostlights' Enters German Chart At No. 2
February 5, 2016
"Ghostlights", the seventh studio album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project, has entered the German chart at position No. 2. Released on January 29 via Nuclear Blast, the twelve-song CD was produced by Tobias and Sascha Paeth at Gatestudio in Wolfsburg, Germany. Paeth engineered and mixed "Ghostlights", while the mastering was done by Michael Rodenberg.
AVANTASIA released a new digital single, "Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose", on December 11.
Commented Tobias: "In my humble opinion, ['Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose'] is the perfect overture to the seventy-minute journey which the full album is going to be.
"Although 'Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose' is a rather short composition compared to most other AVANTASIA songs, I wanted to embellish and amplify it with flamboyance and all AVANTASIA trademarks. I wanted to make it a detailed piece of fantasy art, but at the same time it was a big challenge to make that painting look inherently consistant if you view it from the distance. The layered choirs took us forever to record and yet nothing distracts from the main theme and flow of the song. Every time you give it a listen, you will discover something else going on.
"I have a feeling that I have never managed to create such an epic and dreamy atmosphere in just four minutes. I've gotta admit I am slightly proud of it!"
"Ghostlights" features guest appearances by:
* Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) * Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE) * Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH) * Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION) * Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN) * Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS) * Bob Catley (MAGNUM) * Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN) * Bruce Kulick (KISS) * Robert Mason (WARRANT) * Herbie Langhans (SEVENTH AVENUE, SINBREED) * Oliver Hartmann * Sascha Paeth
The instrumentalists on "Ghostlights" are as follows:
* Sascha Paeth - rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, additional keys * Michael Rodenberg - orchestration, keys * Tobias Sammet - additional keys and bass * Bruce Kulick - lead guitar * Oliver Hartmann - lead guitar * Felix Bohnke - drums
01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose Lead vocals: Tobias Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You Lead vocals: Tobias, Jorn Lande, Ronnie Atkins, Robert Mason Lead guitar: Oliver Hartmann
03. The Haunting Lead vocals: Dee Snider, Tobias Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
04. Seduction Of Decay Lead vocals: Geoff Tate, Tobias Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
05. Ghostlights Lead vocals: Michael Kiske, Tobias, Jorn Lande Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann
06. Draconian Love Lead vocals: Herbie Langhans, Tobias Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
07. Master Of The Pendulum Lead vocals: Marco Hietala, Tobias Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
08. Isle Of Evermore Lead vocals: Sharon Den Adel, Tobias
09. Babylon Vampyres Lead vocals: Tobias, Robert Mason Lead guitar: Bruce Kulick, Oliver Hartmann, Sascha Paeth
10. Lucifer Lead vocals: Jorn Lande, Tobias Lead guitar: Bruce Kulick
11. Unchain The Light Lead vocals: Tobias, Ronnie Atkins, Michael Kiske Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies Lead vocals: Bob Catley, Tobias Lead guitar: Bruce Kulick
01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose 02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You 03. The Haunting 04. Seduction Of Decay 05. Ghostlights 06. Draconian Love 07. Master Of The Pendulum 08. Isle Of Evermore 09. Babylon Vampyres 10. Lucifer 11. Unchain The Light 12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies 13. Wake Up To The Moon (bonus track)
CD 2 (Bonus Disc - AVANTASIA live)
01. Spectres 02. Invoke The Machine 03. The Story Ain't Over 04. Prelude 05. Reach Out For The Light 06. Avantasia 07. Whats Left Of Me 08. Dying For An Angel 09. Twisted Mind 10. The Watchmakers' Dream 11. Another Angel Down --- Earbook (digibook including 68-page photobook, 28.5x28.5cm)+ CD 3 karaoke version of CD 1 without bonus track
01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose 02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You 03. The Haunting 04. Seduction Of Decay 05. Ghostlights 06. Draconian Love 07. Master Of The Pendulum 08. Isle Of Evermore 09. Babylon Vampyres 10. Lucifer 11. Unchain The Light 12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies
- Earbook - Poster - Autograph - Lanyard + Pass - 10" Vinyl (tracks to be confirmed)
01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose 02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You 03. The Haunting
01. Seduction Of Decay 02. Ghostlights 03. Draconian Love
01. Master Of The Pendulum 02. Isle Of Evermore 03. Babylon Vampyres
01. Lucifer 02. Unchain The Light 03. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies 04. Wake Up To The Moon (bonus track)
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