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New Avantasia? Don’t mind if I do…

 

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In news calculated to bring joy to the hearts of all Power Metal fans on this Tuesday afternoon, Edguy and Avantasia frontman Tobias Sammet has announced that his side project will be releasing a new record in 2013.

Yes, yes and – if you will – YES!

Whilst you wait for a chance to hear Tobias’ new stuff, why not check out a video of the band’s performance at the 2011 Wacken festival, with bonus Amanda Somerville on backing vocals for the proverbial win?

 

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Cultural Activities, Edguy edition

Why look! It's only the new Edguy album

Yes, friends,  the new Edguy album, “Age of the Joker” has made its way into my greasy paws and I look forward to giving it the aural once-over tonight.

Amazon have furnished me with the two-disc Digipack version – the regular album, in a fold-out case, with a second bonus disc of Edguy ephemera, including the single mix of “Robin Hood”, a cover of Slade’s “Cum On Feel The Noize” and the intriguingly titled “Aleister Crowley Memorial Boogie”.  Oh Tobias, you are a one…

The bit where it all splits in two...

The reviews are pretty damn good – a solid 8 out 10 score by Dave Ling in the latest issue of “Metal Hammer” magazine, for example – and I understand the record to be following the same pathway as recent albums in blending a Power Metal energy and speed with touches of classic Hard Rock melody , and Tobias Sammet’s always engaging wordplay.  A German bloke writes wittier songs in his second language than most rockers manage in their first.  Hmm…

Look - it's the first disc....

...and Disc the Second, too. What larks!

All that needs to be said now is that I am quite prepared to make the lads a really nice cup of tea if they fancy playing Sheffield on the next leg of their tour next year.  And that offer should carry some weight, as I make a lovely cuppa…

 

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AVANTASIA – The Wicked Symphony & Angel of Babylon: Deluxe Edition

Hey, Mr Scarecrow, how goes it?

More Avantasia-based musings by Metal Misfit, over at Metal Excess, for your perusal – $60 US online for the “Wicked Symphony” and “Angel of Babylon” dual-pack?  Yikes – I’ll never complain about Amazon UK prices again.

Good reading, and no mistake.

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Cultural Activities, for the week beginning 08/08/2011

In which many European rockers get conceptual up in this joint.

Another week, another programme of splendid cultural activities to behold.

Kicking off, we have Avantasia’s first album, “The Metal Opera” – a barmy, preposterous and utterly fantastic collection of power metal/hard rock tunes based around the tale of an accused witch (Within Temptation’s Sharon Den Adel voices this role) and her brother’s (Edguy singer and Avantasia leading light Tobias Sammet) fight to save her from the tyranny of the medieval church.

Despite that, we’re talking eminently hummable tunes, Sammet’s gift for story-telling in his lyrics and all manner of retro goodness. Think ‘early Queen in a ruck with Iron Maiden and Justin Hawkins’ German cousin on vocals’ and you get a sense of the delirious joy that Avantasia’s first album offers.

Have a listen to “Reach Out For The Light” and see what you think:

Ben Affleck knocks another one out of the park...

Ben Affleck’s second film as a director cleaves a bit closer to the star vehicle ideal than his first, the excellent “Gone Baby Gone”, but shares a Boston setting, emphasis on character and a gift for staging percussive, tense set-pieces. It’s a case where I prefer the director’s cut to the theatrical version, even if that longer version does feature a Buckcherry song (no offence, fellas – it fits the scene perfectly).

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Affleck’s next directorial effort, “Argo”, and I’m fairly excited to see what he could do with the proposed American remake of Harlan Coben’s novel, “Tell No One”, itself memorably adapted by French actor/director Guillame Canet.

Also on my cinematic, ‘to view’ list – John Landis’ 2010 re-telling of “Burke and Hare”, Edinburgh’s most enterprising 19th century purveyors of cadavers to the discerning and morally bankrupt.

I have a man-crush on Simon Pegg. No harm in admitting that on the Internets, surely?

It had, shall we say, ‘varied’ reviews online, but as I tend to view the Metacritic-type review aggregation sites as being an utter waste of time, that doesn’t really bother me. Pegg is ace, Serkis is a man-god and Isla Fisher is cuteness personified (So much so as to make Amy Adams look like Glenn Danzig, frankly).

Finally, for this week – as Mrs Fluffrick is on a major Harry Potter kick at the minute, she has directed that we will be watching “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Price” tonight, as soon as I switch off this very computer.

Wish me luck – it’s known in my house as “The One That Fluffrick Fell Asleep Watching”.

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