Mystery of a Blood Red Rose

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"Mystery of a Blood Red Rose"
Single by Avantasia
from the album Ghostlights
Released11 December 2015
LabelNuclear Blast Records
Songwriter(s)Tobias Sammet
Producer(s)Sascha Paeth and Tobias Sammet
Avantasia singles chronology
"Mystery of a Blood Red Rose"

"Mystery of a Blood Red Rose" is a single and opening track to the German power metal project Avantasia's album Ghostlights, released on 11 December 2015 with a lyric video.[1] It was one of the ten candidates to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.[2] The song was between the final three finalists, but eventually was defeated by "Ghost", performed by Jamie-Lee Kriewitz.

Composing and recording[edit]

Tobias Sammet, the project's leader and songwriter, described the song as "sumptuous" and similar to "Meat Loaf around 1979 or at most 1990".[3] He also said:[1]

Indeed, the choirs took a total 14 hours to record.[4] Meat Loaf was initially set to sing on the song, and his management was already in the process of approving it. However, they ultimately decided to decline for unknown reasons.[3][4] The song was still no more than a single chorus when the idea of having him sing on it was first raised, but a more complete version of it was sent to him.[4]

Commenting on the reasons he chose the song as the single, he said it was either it or "Draconian Love", since both are "very catchy" and "had a solid playtime to release them as a single". The label favored the opening track, which Sammet liked as the song was more "daring" due to its "timelessness" and "old-fashioned" tone.[3]

Eurovision 2016[edit]

Avantasia performing "Mystery of a Blood Red Rose" at "Unser Lied für Stockholm".

"Mystery of a Blood Red Rose" was selected among nine other songs as a candidate to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Sammet said it could be a great promotional opportunity[5][3] and commented:[3]

When asked if he was afraid conservative fans would dislike Avantasia's participation due to the pop, commercial nature of Eurovision, Sammet replied:[3]

He remarked it will be "weird" to compete with other people in art, which he sees as "subjective".[4]

The song was between the three songs competing in the final of "Unser Lied für Stockholm". In the final round, "Mystery of a Blood Red Rose" received 21.6% of the public vote, finishing in third place. The song "Ghost", performed by Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, was chosen as the German representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.



  1. ^ a b "Avantasia - digital single & lyric video for 'Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose' out now!". Nuclear Blast official website. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Deutscher Vorentscheid: Teilnehmer stehen fest". (in German). ARD. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Schwarzkopf, Thomas (27 January 2016). "Exclusive Interview with Tobias Sammet (Avantasia, Edguy)". Myglobalmind Magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Booth, Alison (21 January 2016). "Interview With Tobias Sammet, Avantasia: "It's gonna be the last time in a very long time"". Metal Shock Finland. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ Begai, Carl (28 January 2016). "Avantasia - Go Big Or Go Home Ghost Stories". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Avantasia: 'Ghostlights' Album Details Revealed". 13 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.