2010 - Wicked Symphony & Angel Of Babylon Deluxe Edition
- 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 'Wastelands', 'Runaway Train' and 'Stargazers'.
The deluxe box set will feature two CDs in two digibooks with impressive booklets, codes for online content (like bonus tracks, etc.) and the Avantasia-book "The Wicked Trilogy".
In Germany the deluxe box set version entered the Media Control chart at position No. 2. This marks the highest chart entry ever for Tobias and one of his projects.
The main band is formed by Tobias Sammet on lead vocal, bass guitar, keyboards and organ (TWS: on track 6, 8), Sascha Paeth on guitar, keyboards, bass (TWW: on track 10), Eric Singer on the drums (TWS: tracks 2, 4, 6 AOB: on tracks 5, 7, 9, 10) and Miro on Keyboards and orchestration.
The Guest musicians are Bruce Kulick on guitar (TWS: on tracks 6, 11, AOB: on tracks 5, 9, 11), Oliver Hartman on guitar (TWS: tracks 2, 8 and AOB: on tracks 1, 2, 3), Henjo Richter on guitar (AOB: on track 10), Felix Bohnke on drums (TWS: tracks 1, 5, 9, 11 and AOB: on tracks 4, 6, 8) and Alex Holzwarth (TWS: tracks 3, 7, 8, 10 and AOB: on tracks 1, 2, 3, 11), Jens Johansson playing the keyboard (AOB: on track 2) and Simon Oberender playing the organ (TWS: on track 11).
Jørn Lande (TWS: on tracks 1, 6, 7, 8 and AOB: 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10)
Michael Kiske (TWS: on tracks 2, 6 and AOB: on track 1)
Russell Allen (TWS: on tracks 1, 10 and AOB: 1, 11)
Bob Catley (TWS: on track 6 and AOB: 11)
Klaus Meine (TWS: on track 4)
Tim "Ripper" Owens (TWS: on track 3)
André Matos (TWS: on track 5)
Ralf Zdiarstek (TWS: on track 9)
Cloudy Yang (AOB: on track 8)
Jon Oliva (AOB: 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.
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.
The promotional photo session was done by the German photographer Alex Kuehr.
Videoclip 'Dying For An Angel'
The videoclip was shot in late January 2010 at the ancient town hall in Hannover, Germany. The video features the collaboration of Klaus Meine vocalist of Scorpions.
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.