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Metal Hammer of Doom: Avantasia - Ghostlights

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Cooper and Radulich review the latest metal opera, Ghostlights by Avantasia.

Ghostlights is the seventh full-length album by Tobias Sammet's rock opera project Avantasia. It was released on 29 January 2016. The opening track and first single "Mystery of a Blood Red Rose" is a candidate for the German representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, along with nine other songs.

Ghostlights scored the highest positions of any Avantasia release in several international music charts and is only the second time Avantasia has entered the US Billboard 200 albums chart.

The plot of the album concludes the story started on The Mystery of Time. Musically, it shows a darker and more theatrical tone than its predecessor, which Sammet claims to have been spontaneous, not planned.

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