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Avantasia - The Mystery of TimeA lyric video for the hard-rockin’ track “Invoke The Machine” – featuring Tobias Sammet and guest vocalist Ronnie Atkins of Pretty Maids – is now up on Nuclear Blast’s YouTube channel:

“Invoke The Machine” comes from ’s upcoming The Mystery Of Time album, due out in North America on April 30th.

’s latest rock opera features artwork by the highly-acclaimed British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Thin Lizzy, Asia, Nazareth, Magnum) and includes guest appearances by the following rock & metal heavy weights: Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance), Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad, ex-KISS, ex-Meat Loaf), Russell Gilbrook (URIAH HEEP), Bob Catley (Magnum), guitarist/producer Sascha Paeth, and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg.

About Ronnie Atkins‘ guest appearance, AVANTASIA mastermind Tobias Sammet has previously stated:

“I have been a huge Pretty Maids fan since I was a teenager. I already asked Ronnie to be on the Metal Opera in 1999, but he was busy back then. Last year I saw Pretty Maids live and they were a steam train on stage – unbelievable! After the show we met and Ronnie was a great guy.  Finally after 13 years, I am really proud to have him on the new AVANTASIA album. And his kick-ass performance leaves no doubt: It was a great decision to ask him!”

Track listing for The Mystery Of Time is:

  1. Spectres
  2. The Watchmaker’s Dream
  3. Black Orchid
  4. Where Clock Hands Freeze
  5. Sleepwalking
  6. Savior In The Clockwork
  7. Invoke The Machine
  8. What’s Left Of Me
  9. Dweller In A Dream
  10. The Great Mystery

Video blogs from AVANTASIA‘s studio sessions are available at:

The Wicked Symphony and Angel Of Babylon, AVANTASIA’s last two studio albums, were released in 2010.  “Dying For An Angel” (featuring SCORPIONS’ Klaus Meine), “Carry Me Over,” and “Lost In Space” videos are available for viewing on YouTube.

Tobias Sammet also fronts the high humor/high energy heavy metal band EDGUY.


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