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Tobias Sammet's Avantasia is a Power Metal "band" from Fulda, Germany, and the solo side-project of Edguy's Tobias Sammet. He started working on it in 1999. All five of Avantasia's albums are Rock Operas and are split between two different stories: The Metal Opera and The Wicked Trilogy. With some of the guests (including Alice Cooper and Klaus Meine) that appear on the albums, one might come to the conclusion that the project is more or less Sammet's way of showing off his connections if it weren't for the fact that the music is so damn cool. Speaking of guest members, if you can think of a power metal vocalist, there's a very good chance that they've contributed to Avantasia.

Compare and contrast Ayreon.

Members:

  • Tobias Sammet: Vocals, bass (from 2007), keyboard (until 2002), (1999-present)

The Wicked Trilogy backing band:

  • Sascha Paeth: Guitar, production (2006-present)
  • Eric Singer: Drums (2006-present)
  • Miro: Keyboard, orchestration (Real name Michael Rodenberg, 2006-present)

The Metal Opera backing band:

  • Henjo Richter: Guitar (2000-2002, 2007-2008, 2010)
  • Markus Grosskopf: Bass (2000-2002)
  • Alex Holzwrath: Drums (2000-2002, 2009-2010)

Contributing vocalists:

  • Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) - Avantasia, Into the Unknown, The Scarecrow, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon
  • David DeFeis (Virgin Steele) - Avantasia and Into the Unknown
  • Ralf Zdiarstek - Avantasia, Into the Unknown and The Wicked Symphony
  • Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation) - Avantasia and Into the Unknown
  • Rob Rock (Impelliteri) - Avantasia and Into the Unknown
  • Oliver Hartmann (ex-At Vance) - Avantasia, Into the Unknown and The Scarecrow
  • Andre Matos (ex-Shaman, ex-Angra, ex-Viper) - Avantasia, Into the Unknown and The Wicked Symphony
  • Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, ex-Music/Helloween) - Avantasia and Into the Unknown
  • Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius) - Avantasia and Into the Unknown
  • Bob Catley (Magnum) - Into the Unknown, The Scarecrow, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon
  • Jorn Lande (Masterplan, ex-ARK) - The Scarecrow, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon
  • Amanda Sommerville (Aina) - The Scarecrow
  • Roy Khan (ex-Kamelot, ex-Conception) - The Scarecrow
  • Alice Cooper - The Scarecrow
  • Eric Singer (Kiss, ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Alice Cooper) - Lost in Space Part I
  • "Sir" Russel Allen (Symphony X) - The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon
  • Jon Olivia (Jon Olivia's Pain, ex-Savatage) - Angel of Babylon
  • Klaus Meine (Scorpions) - The Wicked Symphony
  • Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth) - The Wicked Symphony
  • Cloudy Yang - Angel of Babylon

Contributing Musicians:

  • Guitar:
    • Jens Ludwig (Edguy)
    • Norman Meiritz
    • Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius)
    • Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, ex-Helloween)
    • Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions)
    • Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad)
    • Oliver Hartmann (ex-At Vance)
  • Piano/Organ/Keyboard:
    • Frank Tischer
    • Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)
    • Simon Oberender

Discography:

  • Studio Albums:
    • The Metal Opera (2000-2002):
      • Part I: Avantasia (2000)
      • Part II: Into The Unknown (2002)
    • The Wicked Trilogy (2008-2010):
      • Part I: The Scarecrow (2008)
      • Part II: The Wicked Symphony (2010, double album with Angel of Babylon)
      • Part III: Angel of Babylon (2010, double album with The Wicked Symphony)
  • E Ps:
    • Lost In Space Part I (2007)
    • Lost In Space Part II (2007)
  • Live albums:
    • The Flying Opera (2011)

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