The Mystery of Time

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The Mystery of Time
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Studio album by
Released26 April 2013
RecordedJune 2012 - January 2013
GenrePower metal, hard rock, symphonic metal
Length62:00
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerSascha Paeth and Tobias Sammet
Avantasia chronology
The Wicked Symphony/Angel of Babylon
(2010)
The Mystery of Time
(2013)
Ghostlights
(2016)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Metal Blast4/5 stars [1]
Time For Metal - Magazin9.5/10 stars [2]
Metal Traveller4/5 stars [3]

The Mystery of Time is the sixth full-length album by Tobias Sammet's rock opera project Avantasia. The album was released on 26 April 2013.[4] This is the first Avantasia release to feature the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg (the same orchestra that performed on Edguy's album Hellfire Club). The cover artwork was painted by Rodney Matthews.[5][6]

The Mystery Of Time scored high positions in several international music charts and even enabled Avantasia to enter the US Billboard charts for the very first time.[7]

When asked to compare the album to Avantasia's previous efforts, guitarist and producer Sascha Paeth described it as follows:[8]

Track listing[edit]

Limited editions of the album include a second CD with instrumental versions of all the tracks on the album, with the exception of the two limited edition bonus tracks.

All tracks written by Tobias Sammet.

No.TitleGuest VocalistLength
1."Spectres"Joe Lynn Turner6:09
2."The Watchmakers' Dream"Joe Lynn Turner4:14
3."Black Orchid"Biff Byford6:52
4."Where Clock Hands Freeze"Michael Kiske4:35
5."Sleepwalking"Cloudy Yang3:52
6."Savior in the Clockwork"Joe Lynn Turner, Biff Byford, Michael Kiske10:40
7."Invoke the Machine"Ronnie Atkins5:30
8."What's Left of Me"Eric Martin5:07
9."Dweller in a Dream"Michael Kiske4:45
10."The Great Mystery"Bob Catley, Joe Lynn Turner, Biff Byford10:03
Limited & Japanese edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
11."The Cross and You"4:14
12."Death Is Just a Feeling (Alternative Version/Tobias Sammet)"5:24

Story[edit]

The album booklet describes the story "So take the time to follow me into a small old English town during the Victorian era and join a young agnostic scientist by the name Aaron Blackwell as he is forced to explore the coherencies of time, God and science; torn between belief in his professional conviction, his spiritual intuition, love and a lodge of scientific occultists."[9]

Personnel[edit]

Special guests[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Vocalists[edit]

Charts[edit]

[10][11][12]

Chart Number
German Albums Chart 2
Swiss Albums Chart 5
England Rock Albums Chart 6
Finnish Albums Chart 9
Swedish Albums Chart 9
North America Billboard Chart 9
Austrian Albums Chart 11
Czech Albums Chart 12
Hungary Albums Chart[13] 15
Japanese Albums Chart 17
Norwegian Albums Chart 19
Spanish Albums Chart[14] 29
French Albums Chart 61
Belgian Ultratop (Wallonia) 70
Dutch Albums Chart 85
Belgian Ultratop (Flanders) 97

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avantasia - The Mystery Of Time". Metal Blast. 2013-04-05.
  2. ^ "Avantasia - The Mystery Of Time Review". Time-For-Metal.eu (Germany). 2013-03-26.
  3. ^ "Avantasia - The Mystery Of Time Review". Metal Traveller. 2013-04-08.
  4. ^ "The Mystery Of Time". nuclearblast.de.
  5. ^ "Tobias Sammet :: Avantasia :: Official Web". tobiassammet.com.
  6. ^ "Avantasia - The Mystery Of Time - Listening Session". musikreviews.de.
  7. ^ "Metal-Rules.com News, Interviews, Concert Reviews » AVANTASIA "THE MYSTERY OF TIME" DEBUTS AT #9 ON BILLBOARD "HEAT SEEKERS" CHART, #33 ON "HARD ROCK"". Metal-Rules.com News, Interviews, Concert Reviews.
  8. ^ "Sascha Paeth (Avantasia) Interview @ PPM 2013". Metal Blast. Mons. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2014. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  9. ^ AVANTASIA - The Mystery Of Time (PRE-LISTENING), NuclearBlastEurope on YouTube
  10. ^ "AVANTASIA AUF #2 IN DEN DEUTSCHEN ALBUMCHARTS!". Rock It!.
  11. ^ "Tobias Sammet :: Avantasia :: Official Web". tobiassammet.com.
  12. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Tobias+Sammet%27s+Avantasia&titel=The+Mystery+Of+Time&cat=a
  13. ^ "Top 40 album-, DVD- és válogatáslemez-lista – 2013. 14. hét" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  14. ^ "TOP 100 ALBUMES" (PDF) (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. Retrieved 2013-04-08.

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