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4.7 out of 5 stars
The Scarecrow
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on 3 July 2011
I first heard the song 'The Scarecrow' on YouTube - and even on laptop speakers and fairly low volume and sound quality, the quality of the music just oozed out. You can feel straight away that this is metal of a very high standard.

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.
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on 3 December 2012
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. Through headphones preferably. All tracks are great, if I had to choose weak ones (which there are none, really) it would be maybe "Cry just a little". But its not really weak. Just not my preferred track. GET IT!
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on 2 October 2013
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. You could almost imagine the story in your head, picturing every character which is singing. It is a nice album and to be recommended when you enjoy some rocky tunes. :o)
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on 6 May 2016
My eclectic tastes in music mean the Avantasia formula works for me. Another great album in my eyes. It's made all the better by the use of guest musicians & vocalists.
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on 10 December 2017
Tobias Sammet does it again, another cracking Avantasia album.
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on 20 August 2013
Some very strong songs on this album, the title track in particular is superb and one of their best. The opening song and 'shelter from the rain' are second while alice coopers track is also a beast of a tune.

I probably rank this just behind the metal opera albums, but it is miles ahead of the other three. Personally I think Sammet's work with early Edguy is superior but if you already know it then this is a decent alternative.
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on 5 January 2015
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 song.
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on 24 October 2016
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on 16 November 2015
Simply stunning album .
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on 17 August 2016
Fantastic Melodic Metal as with all things Avantasia
Brilliant stuff
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