German power metal lords Avantasia recently revealed that they have been working away on a new album, entitled The Mystery Of Time. Ahead of its release via Nuclear Blast Records in April of this year, frontman and mastermind of the band Tobias Sammet (vocalist of Edguy) has revealed a small teaser of what to expect from the super-group’s first album in three years.

Over on his OFFICIAL WEBSITE, Sammet wrote:

“Hey friends, as you know I am currently working on a new Avantasia album. It’s a lot of work, but I am so proud of what we are creating right now – it’s amazing stuff. Of course, Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween),  is on board again! I bet you expected this, you can hear him loud and clear, and he is still the number one vocalist in that range – unbelievable! But, what is really new: For the first time in the history of Avantasia, we’re working with a real symphonic orchestra: The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg! You may remember it, they have worked with Rammstein, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, and also with Edguy on the Hellfire Club album. It’s an enchanting fairy-tale we are working on, so we really have no choice but to finally have a real orchestra – after all it’s an epic Rock-, or probably Metal Opera!’”

Check out the studio update, along with a small snippet from the album below!

The killer album is also set to feature a plethora of guests, including Biff Byford (Saxon), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep), Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon), plus a few more to be announced!

In support of their new album, Avantasia will be hitting the road on The Mystery World Tour 2013, which will see them tear Europe apart concluding with a slot at Bloodstock Festival. The festival will take place at Catton Park in Derbyshire from the 8th – 11th August 2013.

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