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October 12, 2015

Album 0467: Avantasia – Angel Of Babylon

Avantasia-AngelOfBabylon

Release Date: 2010
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Stargazers (09:32)
2. Angel Of Babylon (05:29)
3. Your Love Is Evil (03:55)
4. Death Is Just A Feeling (05:24)
5. Rat Race (04:08)
6. Down In The Dark (04:26)
7. Blowing Out The Flame (04:51)
8. Symphony Of Life (04:32)
9. Alone I Remember (04:47)
10. Promised Land (04:51)
11. Journey To Arcadia (07:13)

Total Length: 59:06

Stargazers is a big track to open the album, featuring a huge amount of vocalists, all of them famous in the genre. It’s a great showcase, and it honestly kind of gets me pumped. The actual songwriting for the track could have been a touch better, but it’s okay. This album is the last in a trilogy and a concept album, but I honestly have no clue what the story is supposed to be so it’s not something I’m really paying attention to.

Angel Of Babylon is a standard power metal track. It is uplifting and fun, and I never hate listening to it, but once it’s over it’s just completely out of mind. I can’t say anything terrible about it though. Your Love Is Evil has a great chorus though. It’s a weird personal song on this fantasy album, but it works. Death Is Just A Feeling features the classic Jon Oliva in a very circus-y track, which I mean in a good way. The buildup to the chorus is fantastic and makes for a cool song, even if it loses steam most of the way through.

Rat Race is a very generic track. It could go on any band’s album, and has nothing stellar in it at all. Down In The Dark has a good chorus, but again just kind of fluff and nothing that hooks me. Blowing Out The Flame is a not-so-great softer track. It really is very boring and I’m glad only once it’s over. Symphony Of Life breathes some fresh air only from having the only female vocals on here, and a catchy chorus to boot.

Alone I Remember has a fantastic 80s-type chorus, but I don’t like the main riff or the opening of the song. Promised Land has the same generic issues as the other tracks. There’s just nothing special about it. Journey To Arcadia is a slightly more ambitious song. It all sounds nice, but again none of it sticks with me. That’s kind of the crux of these last two albums on here. I enjoy listening to them, I never really get to the point in either album where I want to shut it off, but there’s also no way I’m listing them as favorites or seeking them out to listen to.

Final Rating: 6.5/10