The Scarecrow (album)

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The Scarecrow
Studio album by Avantasia
Released January 25, 2008
Recorded April - September 2007 at Gatestudio, Wolfsburg
Vox-Klangstudio, Hamburg
Genre Power metal, symphonic metal
Length 63:43
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Sascha Paeth & Tobias Sammet
Avantasia chronology
Lost in Space Part II
(2007)
The Scarecrow
(2008)
The Wicked Symphony/Angel of Babylon
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Metal Forces 8/10 stars[2]

The Scarecrow is the third full-length album by Tobias Sammet's rock opera project Avantasia, released on January 25, 2008, through Nuclear Blast Records.[3] It is the first part of "The Wicked Trilogy" and it is followed by The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon.

Plot[edit]

Main article: The Scarecrow (story)

The Scarecrow is a concept album about the tragic story of a lonesome creature, emotionally isolated from his environment and suffering from a distorted sensory perception. His feelings for the love of his life unrequited, he sets off on a journey exploring his left-hand path, striving for inner peace, ploughing his way to approval and eventually facing temptation at the inner depths of the human soul. The story continues on the albums The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tobias Sammet. 

No. Title Guest Vocalist Length
1. "Twisted Mind"   Roy Khan 6:14
2. "The Scarecrow"   Jørn Lande, Michael Kiske (backing) 11:12
3. "Shelter From The Rain"   Michael Kiske, Bob Catley 6:08
4. "Carry Me Over"     3:52
5. "What Kind Of Love"   Amanda Somerville, Michael Kiske (backing) 4:55
6. "Another Angel Down"   Jørn Lande 5:41
7. "The Toy Master"   Alice Cooper 6:20
8. "Devil In The Belfry"   Jørn Lande 4:41
9. "Cry Just A Little"   Bob Catley 5:15
10. "I Don't Believe In Your Love"   Oliver Hartmann 5:33
11. "Lost In Space"   Amanda Somerville 3:52
Total length:
63:43

Personnel[edit]

Guest vocalists[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Sascha Paeth & Tobias Sammet
  • Recorded & Engineered by Chuck Garric, Sascha Paeth, Olaf Reitmeier & Mark Stuart
  • Mixed & Mastered by Sascha Paeth

Promo singles[edit]

  • "Lost in Space" (2007)
  • "Carry Me Over" (2007)

Videos[edit]

The video for "Lost in Space" was released in 2007 with the release of the EPs of the same name. In December 2007, the video for "Carry Me Over" was released on Myspace. The Scarecrow's EPK (electronic press-kit) is available here on YouTube, courtesy of Tobias Sammet.

Charts[edit]

[5]

Chart Number
Czech Republic 6
Germany 8
Greece 9
Sweden 10
Hungary 10
Austria 16
Switzerland 17
Finland 26
Spain 27
Britain (Independent) 29
Norway 36
Japan 49
Belgium 50
France 58
Netherlands 65
Italy 65

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Avantasia Scarecrow review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  2. ^ Fisher, Mark. "Album / EP Reviews: Avantasia - The Scarecrow". Metal Forces. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  3. ^ Tobias Sammet (September 1, 2007). "NEW AVANTASIA OUT NOVEMBER 16TH". www.tobiassammet.com. Archived from the original on October 26, 2007. Retrieved October 28, 2007. 
  4. ^ Allmusic.com
  5. ^ Tobias Sammet :: Avantasia :: Official Web