The Mystery of Time

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The Mystery of Time
Studio album by Avantasia
Released 26 April 2013
Recorded June 2012 - January 2013
Genre Power metal, hard rock, symphonic metal
Length 62:00
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Sascha Paeth and Tobias Sammet
Avantasia chronology
The Wicked Symphony/Angel of Babylon
(2010)The Wicked Symphony/Angel of Babylon2010
The Mystery of Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
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
11."The Cross and You"4:14
12."Death Is Just a Feeling (Alternative Version/Tobias Sammet)"5:24


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]


Special guests[edit]





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


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