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AVANTASIA Release Five-Song Ghostlights Teaser Video

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, December 28, 2015 @ 2:10 PM


Album Out January 29th

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Ghostlights, the new album from AVANTASIA, will be released on January 29th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Following the release of the first single, "Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose", a couple weeks ago, a 5-song trailer for the upcoming record has been released. It features parts of the tracks "Let The Storm Descend Upon You", "Unchain The Light", "Master Of The Pendulum", "Seduction Of Decay" and "Ghostlights". You can check out the teaser video below.

AVANTASIA mastermind Tobias Sammet commented:

"Hey folks, here's a little Christmas present for you - excerpts of five new songs of our new album Ghostlights that will hit the stores on January 29th. I hope you like it as much as I do. So long, have a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a successful, healthy and happy year 2016. See you on the road with AVANTASIA!"

The new AVANTASIA single "Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose" was released on December 11th.

Tobias comments: "Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose" is a song I originally wrote with MEAT LOAF in the back of my mind - but for some reason the collaboration didn't happen, so I did the song myself. The choirs alone took more than 40 hours to arrange and record - for a four minute song! That pretty much says it all. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing and more is more! In my humble opinion it is the perfect overture to the seventy-minute journey which the full album is going to be. "Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose" may be a rather short composition compared to most other AVANTASIA songs, yet 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. Everytime 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 gotta admit, I am slightly proud of it!"

Ghostlights features guest appearances of Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche, Operation: Mindcrime), Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bob Catley (Magnum), Jorn Lande, Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), Robert Mason (Warrant), Herbie Langhans, Oliver Hartmann and Sascha Paeth.

The record contains twelve songs and was produced by Tobias and Sascha Paeth in Gatestudio Wolfsburg, Germany. Paeth is responsible for engineering and mixing Ghostlights, too. Mastering was done by Michael Rodenberg.

The instrumentalists on Ghostlights are the following:

Sascha Paeth - rhythm guitars, lead guitars, bass, additional keys
Michael Rodenberg - orchestration, keys
Tobias Sammet - additional keys and bass
Bruce Kulick - lead guitars
Oliver Hartmann - lead guitars
Felix Bohnke drums


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