Avantasia mastermind Tobias Sammet is currently working on the follow-up to 2019’s Moonglow and in a new social media post has expressed his excitement for the new album.

“Astounded by the stuff I am just listening to,” writes the Edguy frontman. “Listening to an amazing performance of a guest singer for the new Avantasia album. It's a lot of work and many night shifts currently. But it's worth it! By the way, kudos to Markus Bertram whose company built me the best studio one can think of. The folks at Abbey road would be jealous of my magical cozy little retreat! perfect for Avantasia!!!”

Vocalist Michael Kiske is best known as the singer for Helloween - now sharing vocal duties with Andi Deris in the band's expanded line-up - but he has been a member of Avantasia's ever-changing roster of singers since the band's 2001 debut album, The Metal Opera. Avantasia mastermind Tobias Sammet posted the following words of praise for Kiske on social media this weekend:

"Metal is always supposed to be serious! With Michi Kiske on stage, what a great character, you gotta love him. It never gets boring on stage. And when I am down he cheers me up! 

As a fan, so glad he's back in Helloween. That's where he truly belongs, and without 'Eagle Fly Free' and his performance, there would have been none of us kinds of bands. No 'Reach Out For The Light', no 'Babylon', no 'Ghostlights'! 

Those five Hamburgers invented something we all built some of our stuff upon."

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