The Metal Opera

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The Metal Opera
The Metal Opera.jpg
Studio album by
Released22 January 2001 (Europe)[1]
10 July 2001 (U.S.)
StudioRhoen Studios, Germany
GenreSymphonic power metal
LabelAFM Records (Europe)
Century Media Records (U.S.)
ProducerTobias Sammet, Norman Meiritz
Avantasia chronology
Avantasia (single/EP)
The Metal Opera
The Metal Opera Part II
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]

The Metal Opera is the first full-length album by Tobias Sammet's supergroup project, Avantasia. It is a concept album and a rock opera, and further information on the story can be found here. The album is followed by the sequel The Metal Opera Part II.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tobias Sammet.

No.TitleGuest VocalistLength
1."Prelude" 1:12
2."Reach Out for the Light"Michael Kiske6:33
3."Serpents in Paradise"David DeFeis6:16
4."Malleus Maleficarum"Ralf Zdiarstek1:43
5."Breaking Away"Kiske4:35
6."Farewell"Sharon den Adel, Michael Kiske6:33
7."The Glory of Rome"Oliver Hartmann, Zdiarstek, Rob Rock5:29
8."In Nomine Patris" 1:04
10."A New Dimension" 1:39
11."Inside"Andre Matos, Kai Hansen2:24
12."Sign of the Cross"Hartmann, Hansen, Rock, Matos6:26
13."The Tower"Kiske, Hartmann, DeFeis, Timo Tolkki, Matos9:45
Total length:59:12

Note: "Malleus Maleficarum" is sampled from the song, "the Kingdom", by Tobias Sammet's other project, Edguy.






Chart Peak
Finland 36
France 118
Germany 35
Sweden 48


  1. ^ "Avantasia News and Updates". Archived from the original on 2001-02-11. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Avantasia The Metal Opera review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-28.