EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has issued the following statement regarding the forthcoming release of AVANTASIA Part II, the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed The Metal Opera debut, which featured guest appearances from some of metal's brightest stars, including ex-HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske and ex-ANGRA/current SHAMAN frontman Andre Matos, among others:As announced a few weeks ago, we finally can announce a confirmed release date for my beloved baby AVANTASIA Part 2. On August 26th, 2002 you'll find the album in stores worldwide! I am proud to say that in between touring and sleeping a bit, I managed to finish the last chapter of my huge dream. It was really exciting to get back into the story after having been away from the world of AVANTASIA due to some little 'touring around the globe' Anyway, I can't say it is better or it is worse than part one or any EDGUY album. I would degrade everything we've done before or simply try to sell it in a stupid way if I'd tell you that it's the best piece of music that I've done so far. Bollocks! I just can say, that I am proud of it. And that I really get a good mood while listening to the tapes right now. It really gets me and it sounds mature and big. We have a great combination of ballads and fast tracks, epic and groovy stuff and easy-going piano sounds. It features everything and it's full of different moods. It unites a lot of different styles of Rock and of course Heavy Metal that I personally like. I think I was crossing some borders without losing the roots of where I come from. And although it sounds experimental here and there, don't be afraid, I don't go Grunge or trendy or hip or hop or whatever, it's a typical piece of me. You'll have to listen to it and gimme your opinion. I am curious and I am in love with this album. Truly!