AVANTASIA – Moonglow

AVANTASIA - Moonglow
  • 8.5/10
    AVANTASIA - Moonglow - 8.5/10


Nuclear Blast Records
Release date: February 15, 2019

User Review
6.5/10 (2 votes)

Moonglow is the 8th full length record by all-star rock opera conglomerate Avantasia.  The brainchild of Edguy singer, songwriter, and producer Tobias Sammet, Avantasia has incorporated the talents of legends such as Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions, Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer of KISS, Eric Martin of Mr. Big, Saxon’s Biff Byford, and Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider.  For Moonglow, Sammet enlisted original Queensrÿche lead singer Geoff Tate, Pretty Maids front man Ronnie Atkins, Michael Kiske of Helloween, Jørn Lande of Masterplan, Eric Martin of Mr. Big and Magnum’s Bob Catley. Moonglow also introduces new collaborators Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian, Kreator’s Mille Petrozza and Blackmore’s Night front woman Candice Night.  The 11 songs are epic in scope, well produced, and very enjoyable to listen to.

“Invincible” features Tate, and is definitely one of the standout tracks.  Sascha Path provides guitar, bass, and keys, with Michael Rodenburg providing additional keys and orchestration, and Felix Bonke supplying drums, Moonglow is truly a Melodic Hard Rock opera concept album that is worth listening to.  The listener will experience a musical journey that is most certainly worth taking.  And while the journey ends on a seeming tanget, with the inexplicable inclusion of a cover of Michael Sombello’s “Maniac” from the Flashdance Soundtrack, it’s still a journey worth taking. 



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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