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Tobias Sammet's Avantasia is a PowerMetal "band" from Fulda, Germany, and the solo side-project of Music/{{Edguy}}'s Tobias Sammet started in 1999. All of Avantasia's albums are RockOperas and are currently split between two different stories: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Metal Opera]]'' and ''The Wicked Trilogy''. Avantasia was named as a portmanteau of Avalon and Fantasia for the world that ''The Metal Opera'' takes place in. With some of the guests (including Music/AliceCooper and [[Music/{{Scorpions}} 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 [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome 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:
* [[IAmTheBand Tobias Sammet]]: Vocals, bass (from 2007), keyboard (until 2002), (1999-present)

''The Wicked Trilogy'' backing band:
* Sascha Paeth: Guitar, production (2006-present)
* [[{{KISS}} Eric Singer]]: Drums (2006-present)
* [[StageNames 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-Music/{{Helloween}}) - ''Avantasia,'' ''Into the Unknown,'' ''The Scarecrow,'' ''The Wicked Symphony,'' ''Angel of Babylon,'' and ''The Mystery of Time''
* David [=DeFeis=] (Virgin Steele) - ''Avantasia'' and ''Into the Unknown''
* Ralf Zdiarstek - ''Avantasia, Into the Unknown'' and ''The Wicked Symphony''
* Sharon den Adel (WithinTemptation) - ''Avantasia'' and ''Into the Unknown''
* Rob Rock ({{Impelliteri}}) - ''Avantasia'' and ''Into the Unknown''
* Oliver Hartmann (ex-AtVance) - ''Avantasia,'' ''Into the Unknown'' and ''The Scarecrow''
* Andre Matos (ex-{{Shaman}}, ex-Music/{{Angra}}, ex-Music/{{Viper}}) - ''Avantasia,'' ''Into the Unknown'' and ''The Wicked Symphony''
* Kai Hansen (Music/GammaRay, 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,'' ''Angel of Babylon,'' and ''The Mystery of Time''
* Jorn Lande (ex-''Music/{{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''
* Music/AliceCooper - ''The Scarecrow''
* Eric Singer ({{KISS}}, ex-Music/BlackSabbath, ex-Music/AliceCooper) - ''Lost in Space Part I''
* "Sir" Russel Allen (SymphonyX) - ''The Wicked Symphony'' and ''Angel of Babylon''
* Jon Olivia ([[IAmTheBand Jon Olivia's]] [[JonOliviasPain Pain]], ex-{{Music/Savatage}}) - ''Angel of Babylon''
* Klaus Meine (Music/{{Scorpions}}) - ''The Wicked Symphony''
* Tim "Ripper" Owens ([[Music/YngwieMalmsteen Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force]], ex-Music/JudasPriest, ex-IcedEarth) - ''The Wicked Symphony''
* Cloudy Yang - ''Angel of Babylon'' and ''The Mystery of Time''
* Peter "Biff" Byford (Music/{{Saxon}}) - ''The Mystery of Time''
* Ronnie Atkins (Music/PrettyMaids) - ''The Mystery of Time''
* Eric Martin (Music/MrBig) - ''The Mystery of Time''
* Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Music/{{Rainbow}}) - ''The Mystery of Time''

Contributing Musicians:
* Guitar:
** Jens Ludwig (Music/{{Edguy}})
** Norman Meiritz
** Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius)
** Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, ex-Helloween)
** Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions)
** Bruce Kulick (ex-{{KISS}}, GrandFunkRailroad)
** Oliver Hartmann (ex-At Vance)
** Arjen A. Lucassen ({{Ayreon}})
* 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'')
** ''The Mystery of Time'' (2013)
* EPs:
** ''Lost In Space Part I'' (2007)
** ''Lost In Space Part II'' (2007)
* Live albums:
** ''The Flying Opera'' (2011)
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This band may exhibit the following tropes:
* AuthorAppeal: Sammet's basis for the project is basically an excuse work with all his childhood music idols.
* AuthorAvatar: Gabriel, The Scarecrow, and Aaron to some extent.
* BittersweetEnding: ''The Metal Opera'' and ''The Wicked Trilogy'' end with [[spoiler: Vandroiy dying, but Anna successfully escaping execution in the former, and the protagonist implied to be committed to an asylum in the latter]]
* CallBack: Many of the lyrics in ''The Mystery of Time'' reference an "evil dark tower", which happened to be a villain in ''The Metal Opera''.
* CantArgueWithElves: Matos' character, elf prince Elderane in ''The Metal Opera''.
* CliffHanger: Basically every album except for ''Angel of Babylon''.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Jon Oliva's character in Death Is Just A Feeling. In a {{Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant}} kind of way, that is.
** Name-dropped in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfQEclxbQrs Invoke the Machine]].
* ConceptAlbum: Everything.
* {{Downer Ending}}: "Lost In Space" from ''The Scarecrow'' and "The Edge" from ''The Wicked Symphony''.
* {{Epic Rocking}}: Avantasia pretty much defines this.
* FakeOutFadeOut: ''The Great Mystery'' does this with tender piano parts that feel like outros, that then explode for more bombastic sequences and finally the suitably epic ending.
* FantasticCatholicism: ''The Metal Opera'' includes plenty of papal conspiracy.
* GirlOfMyDreams: The woman in "Sleepwalking" turns out to be a member of the occultists Aaron meets later.
* HakunaMatata: "In Quest For".
* HamToHamCombat: EVERYWHERE. Especially on title track of ''The Wicked Symphony'', which Sammet described in interviews as a three way vocal battle between him, Jorn Lande and Russell Allen, and "Stargazers" from ''Angel of Babylon'', which features those three, plus Michael Kiske.
* HearingVoices: A significant number of the characters in ''The Wicked Trilogy'' and ''The Mystery of Time'' are imagined by/an aspect of Sammet's corresponding character.
* HeavyMithril: ''The Metal Opera''
* IAmTheBand: Tobias Sammet
* IWantSong: Almost all of them to some extent.
* KilledOffScreen: [[spoiler: This keeps happening to Kiske's characters]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Again, did you not see the list?
* MagicalLand: Avantasia.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Of power metal vocalists and then some. In fact, the only way to get a more complete list of power metal vocalists would be to add [[SonataArctica Tony Kakko]], [[Music/{{Tarot}} Marco]] [[Music/{{Nightwish}} Hietala, Tarja Turunen]], [[Music/{{Helloween}} Andi Deris]], [[Music/BlindGuardian Hansi Kursch]] and [[IcedEarth Matt Barlow]] into the mix.
* MrFixit: Aaron Blackwell in ''The Mystery of Time'' spends a good chunk of the story trying to fix a mantlepiece clock.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Avantasia material fluctuates quite a bit, the debut was mostly a 7 but since then they can range anywhere from 4-7.
* NoSongForTheWicked: ''The Mystery of Time'' is locked to Aaron's perspective, though there also appears to be NoAntagonist.
* NeverMyFault: A major fault of ''The Wicked Trilogy'''s protagonist.
* TheObiWan: Michael Kiske's character in every single one of the stories.
* {{Precision F Strike}}: "Don't give a fuck for roses!"
* QuirkyTown: Namedropped in the story booklet as the setting for ''The Mystery of Time''.
* RockOpera: Or, you know, the Metal Opera.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Elderane is implied to fly an elf plane that rescues Gabriel during "The Tower".
* SanitySlippageSong: Memory, and basically everything out of the later installments of ''The Wicked Trilogy''.
* SceneryPorn: "Spectres" off ''The Mystery of Time'' does a good job of painting this.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler: Falk's death in The Metal Opera]]
* TomeOfEldritchLore: the major MacGuffin of ''The Metal Opera'''s story.
* TypeCast: Shamelessly done for both the personalities and the vocal styles the singers are known for. Matos as an Elf Prince, Catley as a wise presence, so on and so forth.
* VillainousBreakdown: Falk goes from a pretty ordinary-if-dickish Bailiff into a paranoid, superstitious wreck by the end of ''The Metal Opera'' after he is "cursed".
* VillainSong: Basically every character who is a bad influence to Tobias Sammet's character in ''The Wicked Trilogy'' gets one. Alice Cooper in ''The Scarecrow'', Jon Oliva in ''Angel of Babylon'', Jorn Lande almost everywhere in the trilogy....
** Memory, Glory of Rome, and parts of Sign of the Cross and The Seven Angels from ''The Metal Opera'' can be seen as these too.
* VocalTagTeam: As far as the eye can see
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Death Is Just A Feeling from "Angel of Babylon" plays with this; the implication is that being remembered for your works is worse than dying forgotten, because people will only remember a caricature of your real personality anyway.
* WisdomFromTheGutter: Eric Martin's character in ''The Mystery of Time''.
* WiseTree: Bob Catley plays the Tree of Knowledge in ''The Metal Opera: Pt II''
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