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Power metal: Avantasia Bring On The Bombastrock!

"I'm a firm believer that anything worth doing is worth doing over the top," says Tobias Sammett.

You’ve previously labelled your music with Avantasia as ‘Bombastrock’. So would you reject the ‘power metal’ tag? Call it whatever you want. I grew up with music like Meat Loaf, Magnum, Queen – all those bands had power, drama, and they were trying to show the world what they had to offer instead of just playing it and looking at their shoes while just playing two chords. I’ve always been into flamboyant performances, big arrangements. I’m a firm believer that anything worth doing is worth overdoing. Ha ha! That’s how I approach music. But I don’t think about what genre it is. When Steve Harris is sitting in his ivory mansion writing a song, do you think he’s asking himself, ‘Is this hard rock or heavy metal or power metal?’ Ha ha! No!

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