Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to Tobias Sammett about Avantasia’s album ninth studio album A Paranormal Evening With The Moonflower Society. which was released Oct 21, 2022 via Nuclear Blast.
Tobias Sammett was asked in the chat which singers he would like to be guests on future Avantasia albums he replied, “Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) is an open secret but Rod Smallwood who’s a very nice chap and always very respectful lets me know that it’s not going to happen. Paul Stanley is a great singer, one of my heroes I have to say of course. Lou Gramm (Foreigner) and Steve Perry. But I have to say Avantasia is not to be mistaken for one of those bucket list bands. I think that (guests) should be subordinate to the songs and to the performances themselves. The people I worked with on this record are six old family members and two new family members. I think they helped me to realize my idea, my feelings and I think they give the songs what they need and that’s why I think that should be more important. I don’t want this project to become one of those bands where people say, oh the songs don’t really matter but the new records got Steven Tyler, the Pope and …ect”
A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society consists of eleven magical songs and features numerous prestigious guest stars. It’s an adventure that’s sure to captivate the audience.
The album was produced by Tobias Sammet alongside AVANTASIA guitar player Sascha Paeth. The fantastic cover artwork was done by Swedish illustrator Alexander Jansson.
A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society
1. Welcome to the Shadows
2. The Wicked Rule the Night
3. Kill the Pain Away
4. The Inmost Light
5. Misplaced among the Angels
6. I Tame the Storm
7. Paper Plane
8. The Moonflower Society
9. Rhyme and Reason
Total running time: 53:5