The Scarecrow
Style: Power Metal
Release date: January 28th 2008

Tobi, Tobi, Tobi - I had had such high hopes for this, the third edition of your side-project Avantasia. And when you then delivers the weakest link to the chain so far, then it saddens me a little bit, but only a little because this is still great and classy power metal like we know and love from the writing pen of yours...

"The Scarecrow" is more commercial than its predecessors and displays once more Tobias Sammet's flair for writing catchy tunes with balls and power. The songs are all easy on the ear, and some of the compositions might not exactly be some of his strongest - take the rather simple 'The Toy Master', which only survives due to a brilliant vocal performance from Alice Cooper. Some of the adventurous and flamboyant ingredients have been left out; this is more a case of taking the safe road rather than taking a chance...

The vocal performers are what make this album great and they do all deliver a great job bringing life to Tobias' song universe. A magical and theatrical universe inhabited by a very fine selection of commercial power metal songs.

Good one!

01. Twisted Mind
02. The Scarecrow
03. Shelter from the Rain
04. Carry Me Over
05. What Kind of Love
06. Another Angel Down
07. The Toy Master
08. Devil in the Belfry
09. Cry Just a Little
10. I Don't Believe in Your Love
11. Lost in Space
Label: Nuclear Blast GmbH
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: February 17th 2008
Website: www.tobiassammet.com