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Friday, December 9, 2022

Avantasia announce new album with “The Wicked Rule The Night”

“You Know We’ll Return Once Again / You Can Turn The Page / The Image Will Remain / We’re In Your Dreams”
(The Wicked Rule The Night – Avantasia)

Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia herald a new age in the fantastic, ever-expanding universe of Avantasia with “The Wicked Rule The Night”.

After almost three years of hibernation, mastermind Tobias Sammet and his outstanding all-star formation inspire us with an epic full-throttle track, in which the master himself presents his absolute world-class vocal form alongside guest vocalist Ralf Scheepers.

The song, which gives a first impression of the ninth Avantasia album “A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society” to be released in autumn, comes with a lavishly animated lyric video, for which Costin Chioreanu is responsible.

Tobias Sammet about “The Wicked Rule The Night”:

“I’m so happy with the upcoming album that you could put out any song as the first single. But somehow, after the last two years, I felt the need to go full steam ahead as soon as I’m let off the leash. And honestly, it’s also cool to know that many would probably have expected a less extreme track to accompany Avantasia’s re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere. But Avantasia is not stylistically fixed, anything goes, commercial, epic, grotesque or full on the bell, doesn’t matter: All that is part of Avantasia’s very own world. We have found our own pigeonhole and different laws apply there. The fans of the first hour know that. And so I have the feeling that “The Wicked Rule The Night” is unpredictable, exciting, fresh and new, despite my trademarks, as you know them partly from Avantasia or also Edguy. Playing it safe is a lot of hogwash.”

Avantasia live
24.06. ES Cartagena – Rock Imperium Festival
08.07. FI Tampere – Sauna Open Air
09.07. FI Oulu – Rock in the City
11.07. NO Oslo – Sentrum Scene
13.07. SE Gävle – Gefle Metal Festival
21.07. DE Fulda – Domplatz
23.07. CH Pratteln – Z7 Summer Nights
03.08. DE Wacken – Wacken Open Air
04.08. DE Ludwigsburg – KSK Music Open
19.08. CZ Moravsky Krumlov – Rock Castle
26.08. DE Coburg – Schlossplatz
03.09. DE Gelsenkirchen – Nine Lives Open Air Festival

On “The Wicked Rule The Night” you can hear:
Tobias Sammet | vocals, keyboards, bass
Sascha Paeth | guitar
Felix Bohnke | drums
Ralf Scheepers | vocals

Photo: Kevin Nixon