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This album is a fantastic journey with a lot of stars.  The sixth record of Tobias Sammet’s AVANTASIA is a thrilling trip through space and time. “The Mystery of Time” is an opus filled with magic and with a very special novelty, for the first time the project is joined by a real symphony orchestra. The chosen ones are the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, which gives the ten bombastic compositions a more dynamic feeling. The importance of this step is immediately recognizable in the opening track ‘Spectres’ , that is clearly more exciting you could imagine: The classical, rock and metal melt into a magical, virtuoso creation- led by a haunting melody, which every Hollywood director would love to have on their movies. The 6-minute track is sung by Sammet together with former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE vocalist Joe Lynn Turner and this gives the song an additional Classic Rock spirit. This flows seamlessly into the next song ‘The Watchmaker’s Dream’; another duet with the charismatic American singer and in this songs also additional guitarist wizard Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-VENGEANCE) and Hammond organ player Ferdy Doernberg (AXEL RUDI PELL) are featured. The song is based on DEEP PURPLE-inspired classic rock, but in a speed style and with some musical flair. This very special feeling AVANTASIA is also build on the goose bumps track ‘Black Orchid’, that continues the heritage of pomp-rockers like QUEEN and MEAT LOAF.


This time Tobi Sammet chooses a s duet partner the NWOBHM legend Biff Byford of SAXON, while ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick plays the guitar. We know the ‘Hessian born’ founder of Avantasia grew up with HELLOWEEN as a teenager and Michael Kiske was always featured as a guest on any AVANTASIA album. The fast track ‘Where Cold Hands Freeze’ and the epic ‘Dweller In A Dream’ is really written for the voice of the Hamburg born Kiske with the golden voice and the magic is there immediately. With ‘Sleepwalking’ you can take a short break. The emotional – mostly ballad style – number has a distinctive pop appeal thanks to the great duet between Cloudy Yang and Tobias Sammet and this is another highlight of this CD.


It get epic again on the nearly 11-minute ‘Savior In The Clockwork’, an up-tempo track with great suspense and film score feeling. This song features Joe Lynn Turner, Biff Byford and Michael Kiske, three of the VIP guests and they start a real musical firework. Hard, yet warmly starts ‘Invoke The Machine’ from the speakers and the PRETTY MAIDS shouter Ronnie Atkins delivers a superb vocal performance. You can now breathe a little bit in ‘What’s Left Of Me’, a pompous rock number with singer Eric Martin of MR. BIG as a guest, before it comes to the final showdown. ‘The Great Mystery’ begins melancholic, but turns out to be an exciting track to combine again all strengths of Avantasia. This songs features Joe Lynn Turner, Biff Byford and Magnum vocalist Bob Catley; Bruce Kulick additionally delivers a fantastic riff oriented guitar playing. For the second time, this is a longer than 10 minutes track which ends The Mystery of Time”.

Here is the review in German:  Click here

Interview made by Jutta Bartonek for the magazine Melodic Journey during the Place Vendôme promotion 2005. You find the original interview in German language here:  Click here  The following translation was made by Michael Kiske Fanclub into the English version.


Tuesday night, my phone rang and a good-humoured Michael Kiske was on the line. He was very happy to talk with another person living in Hamburg. I could not talk much in the following 1,5 hours,… he was hard to stop and  talked like a waterfall. No, seriously, I did not know what to expect that night and I was very pleasantly surprised, what a nice guy and gentleman this Kiske is. Since this call was very extensive, I can only write a summary of this conversation and have focused on the musical part of the conversation. Michael will forgive me, but I would have had to write almost a book.

When asked how he is feeling at the moment, he said, laughing, “I’m burned out from all the talking” (90 minutes later I realized why), “but mostly it’s very interesting, because I dealt only with nice people “.

Jutta: Place Vendome became a beautiful melodic album. Who approached whom and how were the songs created?

Kiske: Well I myself would have not come up with such an idea, because if I am doing my own stuff, I just create my own kind of material. It was Serafino from Frontiers Records. He contacted me first and got my email address from a guitarist who has become a good friend of mine (Sandro) and who was involved on my last hard rock project. Then he asked me last year if I would be interested in an AOR project. When he told me that it would go in the direction of Journey and Foreigner, I thought to myself, something I’ve never done before – sounds interesting. However, I’m the person – as always – who makes it dependent on the material. Two weeks later, he picked up Dennis Ward and he wrote most of the material. Song after song came via email as an mp3 and I should always tell what I think about it. If I found something good, Serafino again heard the song and so was the material selected. I have honestly never expected that the songs would be so good. The way Dennis writes songs fits incredibly well with my voice. He said that he had my voice a little bit in his mind during the song writing.

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Michael Kiske will be part again of Avantasia’s new tour, this time titled “The Mystery World Tour”. This new tour will have indoor shows of 3 hour and some festivals.

This is the confirmation statement: “I am really looking forward to being on the road again with this great band and musicians”

So far there is a full 3 hours show announced, which will be held in countries like Germany, Italy, Russia and The Netherlands. The tour also hits several festivals in Europe in Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, England, France and Spain. Additionally Avantasia will bring their show to South America and Asia.



12.04.2013 PPM Festival, Mons (BE)
13.04.2013 (CH) Pratteln – Z7
14.04.2013 (CH) Pratteln – Z7
16.04.2013 (IT) Milano – Alcatraz
18.04.2013 (D) Ludwigsburg – MPH Arena
19.04.2013 (D) Kaufbeuren – All – Karthalle
20.04.2013 (D) Fulda – Esperanto Halle
22.04.2013 (D) Berlin – Tempodrom
23.04.2013 (D) Hamburg – Große Freiheit
25.04.2013 (D) Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
26.04.2013 (D) Lichtenfels – Stadthalle
10.05.2013 – Netherlands – Amsterdam  Melkweg
31.05.2013 – Spain – Madrid  Sonisphere Festival – Auditorio Miguel Rios
01.06.2013 – Spain – Barcelona  Sonisphere Festival – Parc del Forum
08.06.2013 – Sweden  Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
21.06.2013 – France Hellfest, Clisson
23.06.2013 – Russia     Moscow     Milk
25.06.2013 – Argentina     Buenos Aires     El Teatro
27.06.2013 – Chile     Santiago de Chile     Teatro Caupolican
29.06.2013 – Brazil     Sao Paulo     HSBC Hall
13.07.2013 – Germany     Ballenstedt     Rockharz Festival
14.07.2013 – Czech Republic     Vizovice     Masters Of Rock
10.08.2013 – England     Catton Park     Bloodstock


More dates for Avantasia: 31.5.2013 in Madrid and 01.06.2013 in Barcelona at the Sonisphere Festival in Spain. They play together with Iron Maiden. Read the infos here:  Click here

Another date is in Amsterdam on 10.05.2013 with a special price for participants of the full metal cruise. Read the infos here:  Click here

Official Michael Kiske contact Sebastian Vollmer posted the following message:

I just talked to Michael Kiske and he confirmed that he has absolutely NO interest at all in what certain persons are dreaming about loudly in a lot of interviews according to a possible reunion with H. or similar bullshit. Don’t worry!

Since we are all waiting for the new Michael Kiske solo record, the next Place Vendome  and a new Avantasia album, there is a little travelling back in time. Basti who did run the Gamma Ray fanclub some years ago, did for his fanclub magazine ‘News of the Rays’ an exclusive interview with Michael Kiske in summer 1996 (July/August 1996). Here you can read our translated excerpts of this interview:

You can additionally download the magazine ‘News of the Rays’ number 6/1996 with the full interview in German language here:  Click here


Basti: Michi, since you have been fired from Helloween more than two years ago, there was almost nothing heard from you. Well, you were a guest musician on the “Land of the Free …” album, but what else has happened since then?

Kiske: I did a lot of thinking, just to come up with other ideas. There had happened indeed some not so nice things. And then trying to be a little creative and I just took my time for this. Most of the time I did what I wanted to do: holidays and a lot of reading.

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