Ever since I discovered Avantasia for real with The Scarecrow back in 2008, every new release from Tobias Sammet and his rock-opera has been a small Christmas for me. I write “for real” because when I first gave Avantasia a shot years prior to that – a friend recommended them to me – I wasn’t impressed at all. To this day, I find the two first records, The Metal Opera twin records, too much Power Metal for my taste and I hardly ever listen to those. But ever since The Scarecrow, Avantasia’s records has bettered the previous one, something that culminated with the amazing Ghostlights that came out almost three years ago. That album totally floored me and to me that record is nothing but a damn masterpiece. With six brilliant records under his belt, expectations are always high whenever Sammet release a new Avantasia record but after a record like Ghostlights, chances to top it – or even equal it – are slim. And that’s what I was prepared for with the new effort.