2010 - Angel Of Babylon

2013-04-01 22:27
Band: 
Avantasia
Release date: 
April 03rd, 2010
Line up
Vocals: 
Michael Kiske
Vocals: 
Tobias Sammet
Vocals: 
Jorn Lande
Vocals: 
Russell Allen
Vocals: 
Bob Catley
Vocals: 
Jon Oliva
Vocals: 
Cloudy Yang
Guitars: 
Sascha Paeth
Guitars: 
Bruce Kulick
Guitars: 
Oliver Hartmann
Bass: 
Tobias Sammet
Drums: 
Eric Singer
Drums: 
Alex Holzwarth
Drums: 
Felix Bohnke
Keyboards: 
Tobias Sammet
Keyboards: 
Sascha Paeth
Keyboards: 
Simon Oberender
Keyboards: 
Jens Johannson
Track list
Total lengh: 
58.54min

Information

- Recorded by Sascha Paeth at Gatestudio, Wolfsburg, Germany, Vox-Klangstudio, Bendestorf, Germany and Peppermint Park Studio, Hannover, Germany.
- Mastered by Michael "Miro" Rodenberg at Gatestudio.
- Mixed by Sascha Paeth at Gatestudio.
- Additional engineering by Olaf Reitmeier and Simon Oberender.

- Michael Kiske sings on 'Stargazers'.


Different editions

1. Standard European edition: 11 tracks.
2. Limited 2LP edition: 11 tracks.
3. Japanese CD edition: 11 tracks + 'Twisted Mind' Live at Wacken '08. (Same like Korean edition and one edition of USA)
 

Chart positions

Country: Chart position:
Germany 2
Hungary 5
Czech Republic 6
Switzerland 7
Slovenia 7
Austria 9
Sweden 14
Finland 18
Norway 22
UK 26
Netherlands 27
Spain 32
France 74
Japan 89


Musicians

The main band is formed by Tobias Sammet on lead vocal, bass guitar, keyboards and organ, Sascha Paeth on guitar, keyboards, Eric Singer on the drums (on tracks 5, 7, 9, 10) and Miro on Keyboards and orchestration.

The Guest musicians are Bruce Kulick on guitar (on tracks 5, 9, 11), Oliver Hartman on guitar (on tracks 1, 2, 3), Henjo Richter on guitar (on tracks 10), Felix Bohnke on drums (on tracks 4, 6, 8) and Alex Holzwarth (on tracks 1, 2, 3, 11), Jens Johansson playing the keyboard (on track 2) and Simon Oberender playing the organ (on track 9).

Guest Singers:

    Jørn Lande (on tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10)
    Michael Kiske (on track 1)
    Russell Allen (on tracks 1, 11)
    Bob Catley (on track 11)
    Cloudy Yang (on track 8)
    Jon Oliva (on track 4)

The backing vocals done by Cloudy Yang, Amanda Somerville, Tiffany Kirkland, Ina Morgan, Cinzia Rizzo, Thomas Rettke, Oliver Hartmann, Mathias Kontny and Michael Voy.
 

Promotional stuff

Cover artwork

The cover artwork for the two CDs (see below) was created by Thomas Ewerhard, who also worked on EDGUY's Hellfire Club and AVANTASIA's The Scarecrow album.

Photo session

The promotional photo session was done by the German photographer Alex Kuehr.

Tobias Sammet photo session wicked symphony angel of babylon

Tobias Sammet about Kiske

Tobias: "Michael's voice and singing have had a huge influence on me when I was young. HELLOWEEN's 'Eagle Fly Free' lit the spark for me back then; it made me want to become a singer at age 12. Michael appears on several songs; two are fast and anthemic tunes, my personal 'Eagle Fly Frees,' if you want. Crystal clear and high singing. If uptempo music sounds like that, I don't get tired of it. And still, it is not a copy of early HELLOWEEN or early AVANTASIA. It's great to have Michael sing those kinds of tunes. He's a good guy! Great job, great voice!"
 

Lost Avantasians - The Scarecrow-trilogy

You can read the complete blog with information about the Lost Avantasians I wrote. For The Wicked Symphony and Angel Of Babylon, Tobi tried with Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) who rejected the collaboration (you can easily realize which song was planned for him since 'Alone I Remember' of Angel Of Babylon album, it's very similar than 'Monkey Business' of Skid Row's Slave To The Grind and 'The Edge' of The Wicked Symphony album also sounds like Skid Row.) Toky Kakko (Sonata Arctica) rejected because his band was working on a new album. Additionally the German vocalist Yvonne Catterfeld was busy acting in a fairytale movie and Eddie Van Valen probably did not even get the request at all.

 

Catalog numbers
FormatCat.NumberLabel
European CD editionNB 2478-2Nuclear Blast
European LP editionNB 2478-1Nuclear Blast
Russian CD editionIRONDCD101694Irond Records
Argentinian CD editionIcarus633Icarus Records
Korean CD editionL100004045Evolution Music