The Mystery of Time
|The Mystery of Time|
|Studio album by Avantasia|
|Released||26 April 2013|
|Recorded||June 2012 - January 2013|
|Genre||Progressive metal, power metal, symphonic metal|
|Producer||Sascha Paeth and Tobias Sammet|
|Time For Metal - Magazin|||
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. 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.
|“||It is a more 'fantastic' production, based a little bit more on orchestra work and keyboards. It's more like a film score, to underline the whole story, the rock opera aspect, which was a choice on this one and I think it works out fine. Also, this gives the album a face of its own.||”|
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 songs written and composed by Tobias Sammet.
|1.||"Spectres"||Joe Lynn Turner||6:09|
|2.||"The Watchmakers' Dream"||Joe Lynn Turner||4:14|
|3.||"Black Orchid"||Biff Byford||6:52|
|4.||"Where Clock Hands Freeze"||Michael Kiske||4:35|
|6.||"Savior in the Clockwork"||Joe Lynn Turner, Biff Byford, Michael Kiske||10:40|
|7.||"Invoke the Machine"||Ronnie Atkins||5:30|
|8.||"What's Left Of Me"||Eric Martin||5:07|
|9.||"Dweller in a Dream"||Michael Kiske||4:45|
|10.||"The Great Mystery"||Bob Catley, Joe Lynn Turner, Biff Byford||10:03|
|Limited 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."
- Tobias Sammet - lead vocals, bass guitar
- Sascha Paeth - guitars, producer
- Miro - keyboards
- Russell Gilbrook - drums
- Ferdy Doernberg (on track 2)
- Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen ex-Deep Purple) (on tracks 1, 2, 6, 10)
- Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Place Vendome, Unisonic) (on tracks 4, 6, 9)
- Biff Byford (Saxon) (on tracks 3, 6, 10)
- Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) (on track 7)
- Eric Martin (Mr. Big) (on track 8)
- Bob Catley (Magnum) (on track 10)
- Cloudy Yang (on track 5)
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