Avantasia to release new studio album “Moonglow” on February 15th 2019

Avantasia Moonglow cover
The wait is finally over! Tobias Sammet is pleased to announce the release of the upcoming Avantasia masterpiece “Moonglow” on February 1st, 2019, through Nuclear Blast.

Comprising 11 tracks, the new opus once again features several guest vocalists. This time round, Tobias worked not only with well-known faces such as Ronnie Atkins, Jørn Lande, Eric Martin, Geoff Tate, Michael Kiske or Bob Catley but also with new singers like Candice Night, Hansi Kürsch, as well as Mille Petrozza who help to vitalize the new Avantasia record. The cover artwork was created by Alexander Jansson.

Comments Tobias Sammet: “It’s alive! After more than two years of hard work - and what felt like 71 overnight shifts back to back recently - we’re ready to unleash "Moonglow" upon the universe. I believe it’s the most adorned and detailed album we've ever produced. Not over ambitious, but there is a lot of love for detail in there. Avantasia is the ultimate playground for a musician's wildest fantasies to come true: Celtic elements, world music elements, big choirs, atmospheric stuff, amazing guest vocal performances and of course all that wrapped up in what I consider to be the typical Avantasia sound. Someone in the music business just told me that the embellished nature of the sound makes it hard to market it, it doesn’t fit in the contemporary musical landscape and "if you take a look around, no one really sounds like that", - exactly! Thank You! I can't wait to release "Moonglow", take my friends of the Avantasia family and hit the road for the big Moonglow World Tour”.

You can now pre-order the album below in various formats: Limited Edition Digibook CD, CD, Vinyl, Vinyl Pic Disc, Limited 2CD Artbook (all formats inc signed insert), here and Digital Album here.

Tracklist:
1. Ghost in the Moon
2. Book of Shallows
3. Moonglow
4. The Raven Child
5. Starlight
6. Invincible
7. Alchemy
8. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
9. Lavender
10. Requiem for a Dream
11. Maniac
12. Heart (bonus track)

Commented Tobias Sammet: “I really can’t wait to unleash "Moonglow". The first reactions by press and friends have been some of the most enthusiastic comments I have ever received in my whole career of 27 years. No bullshit, it’s the truth, Sascha and I are overwhelmed! In order to avoid boredom, in the middle of promotion and tour preparations, I was getting myself involved in every fine detail of the album sleeves, booklets and packaging, to make sure the album drags the listener into a different world. I want "Moonglow" to be an overall experience for escapists like myself.

My favourite edition is the giant super strictly limited art book edition with bonus track and bonus CD. A massive coffee table book with photos, interview, liner notes and illustrations by Victorian painter Grimshaw, who has been very inspirational to me. This book edition is everything it takes to invite the listener into the world of "Moonglow" and its process. There is also a smaller digibook version that features one bonus track and that is limited and beautiful as well. And of course there are also vinyl editions to hug, feel, watch, smell and caress. I am extremely proud of all these little treasures and can’t wait to unleash them!”...

European Tour Dates 2019:
30.03. D Kaufbeuren - All-Karthalle
31.03. I Milan - Alcatraz
02.04. CZ Prague - Forum Karlín
03.04. D Berlin - Huxleys Neue Welt
05.04. D Ludwigsburg - MHPArena
06.04. D Bamberg - Brose Arena
08.04. D Fulda - Esperantohalle
09.04. D Saarbrücken - Saarlandhalle
10.04. F Paris - Olympia
12.04. D Osnabrück - OsnabrückHalle
13.04. D Hamburg - Mehr! Theater
14.04. D Oberhausen - König-Pilsener-Arena
16.04. UK London - The Forum
18.04. D Offenbach - Stadthalle
19.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
20.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
24.04. E Bilbao - Santana 27
26.04. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 1
27.04. E Madrid - Palacio Vistalegre
02.05. S Stockholm - Arenan
04.05. RUS Moscow - Glavclub Green Concert
06.05. H Budapest - Barba Negra Track
12.05. AU Sydney - Metro Theatre
14.05. AU Melbourne - The Forum
17.05. US San Jose, CA - City National Civic of San Jose
19.05. US Anaheim, CA - City National Grove
21.05. US Chicago, IL - Patio Theater
23.05. CA Montreal, QUE - Metropolis
24.05. US Worcester, MA - The Palladium
More dates to be announced soon.

Tobias Sammet, hailing from Fulda, created the rock event Avantasia in 1999 and celebrated its live premiere in 2008. With over 3.5 million records sold, he is one of the most successful musicians of Germany and has worked with Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions), Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer (KISS), Eric Martin (Mr. Big) as well as many other stars from the international music business. For a long time Tobias Sammet's Avantasia has been considered an insider tip. But after countless headline performances at some of the world's largest rock festivals (Sweden Rock Festival, Quebec Music Festival, Barcelona Rock, etc.), gold awards and several top 10 positions in the world charts, the upcoming Avantasia - Moonglow World Tour 2019 can only be considered the biggest Rock event of the year!

Line-up:
Tobias Sammet - Additional keys & bass
Sascha Paeth - Guitars & bass
Michael Rodenberg - Keyboards, piano & orchestration
Felix Bohne - Drums
Oliver Hartmann - Additional lead guitars

Weblinks:
www.tobiassammet.com
www.facebook.com/avantasia