AVANTASIA – Ghostlights

Re-reading my review on Avantasia’s 2013 The Mystery of Time shows a reviewer who didn’t really enjoy power metal but was pleasantly not annoyed by this one. This is certainly different than how I feel today. Before the release of Ghostlights, the sixth album by Tobias Sammet’s rock opera collective Avantasia, the song “Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose” was released as its single. The reason why this song is important is it changed the template of what was expected from Avantasia, as it drew inspiration from, at least in my mind, Meat Loaf and his way of making melodies. With that being said, Ghostlights is not Bat Out of Hell IV, and while that may be a disappointment to some (mostly me) this album is a pretty fantastic record none the less.

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FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE – King

Fleshgod Apocalypse

How can you ignore a band called Fleshgod Apocalypse? Why would you ignore a band called Fleshgod Apocalypse? What is a Fleshgod Apocalypse? These are the questions that keep me up at night. There doesn’t seem to be an answer either. At best I can imagine some towering form of coalescent meat, squirming and squealing and shitting in one of the dimensions the other gods avoid, trapped forever in the celestial equivalent of the bad part of town. Why you’d name your band after that is truly beyond me. Why…

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