- Audio CD (28 Jan. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Plastic Head Music
- ASIN: B000ZINGIK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This, for me, is album of the year, and will probably remain so unless an equally great album suddenly, unlikely, comes along. I at first was rather dissapointed at the change in style between avantasia albums, but i was soon won over by the brilliant composition and quality performances and songs on offer, which i will all review in the order they appear on the album:
1. Twisted Mind - 10/10. The first song is a good example of part of the albums new style: melodic metal, but more of the mid-paced simple kind. Anyway, back to the song itself, i couldnt not think of a better opener: a great song with a fantastic vocal performance from the untouchable Roy Khan (Kamelot), it has a slightly nasty, dark feel to it and has an awesomely catchy chorus and nastily, dark-feeling opening 20 (or thereabouts) seconds...
2. The scarecrow - 10/10 - god! after the first track you would think this could not get any better, but then this song comes along!Read more ›
The melodies throughout the album are fantastic - the kind you would expect to hear from giants such as Iron Maiden or Dream Theater.
The songs are so varied that there's bound to be one or two that you're not too sure about - but they're all very well written, and performed with expert precision. With guest appearances from the likes of Alice Cooper and Bob Catley, this album is dripping with passion and packed with mega riffs, emotive melodies and soaring choruses.
The top 3 songs on the album (for me) are 'Twisted Mind', 'The Scarecrow' and 'Toy Master'.
'Carry Me Over' is a rock-ballad that might remind you of Aerosmith.
'What Kind of Love' is a slow and operatic ballad that could have been in the Gladiator soundtrack - it's very well done, there's no question - but I feel it may be a little TOO light to be on so early in the album. But that's a very minor quibble (and an odd one, I know).
On the whole this album is very enjoyable. It's so complex, that with some of the songs - the more you hear them the more you will enjoy them.
If you've ever liked anything by Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Aerosmith, Opeth, Dragonforce, or Meat Loaf - you'll most likely enjoy something here, too.
Now, the downside. I got lots of negative votes when I described the last Nightwish album as "Andrew Lloyd Webber with electric guitars" amongst other things, so I would crave your indulgence here to state that tracks 5 and 10, the two "ballads" err dangerously close to this level. At least on first listen. Second time around though, they do exhibit a catchy enough appeal which will have the mobile phones aloft whenever played live. To be honest they are Euro-ballads by numbers, no more no less, so if you like that sort of thing then fair enough. So lose a mark for that, half a mark for some less than powerful vocals on track one and you arrive at my 7/10.
"The Scarecrow" was released in 2008 and became one of the twenty best selling albums in Europe. The music and atmosphere of the album was different when compared to previous Avantasia releases. This fact alienated some old fans but also attracted new ones. The music on The Scarecrow leaned more towards hard rock, rather than power metal and the guest musicians involved came from various musical genres. All in all, The Scarecrow is a monumental album, with great songwritting and some outstanding vocal performances.
The main musicians, who are featured on all tracks, are Tobias Sammet on bass and lead vocals, Sascha Paeth (ex-Heaven's Gate) on guitars and Eric Singer (Kiss) on drums. Guest musicians include Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray), Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween, Gamma Ray) and Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions).
The cast of guest vocalists features several big names from both rock and metal. Alice Cooper, Jorn Lande (ex-Ark, Masterplan), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Place Vendome), Roy Khan (Kamelot), Bob Catley (Magnum), Oliver Hartmann (ex-At Vance) and Amanda Somerville (Aina).
The music can be described as bombastic, epic and varied.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A truly fantastic album with a great mix of styles and a host of awesome guest singers. One of my favourites, especially 'I don't believe in your love' which is a great heavy rock... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Matthew Shaw
I had listened to this via Spotify, loved the sound of the first two tracks, and hoped the rest were as good Inwas not disappointed. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Keith
love this album and the band this album is the best by avantasia and would highly recommend to others as I have my familyPublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by corrina
with beautiful songs. there is not much to say about this album but it is amazingly good. Whenever you listen to the songs it gives you some chills. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2013 by Kexs
Some very strong songs on this album, the title track in particular is superb and one of their best. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2013 by Graeme
What can I say?! Mind blowingly powerful tracks, Metal heads will love it, as will many others. But it really doesn't show itself properly unless you play it LOUD. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2012 by bozah
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