The Scarecrow (album)

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The Scarecrow
Avantasia - The Scarecrow - 2008. Front.jpg
Studio album by Avantasia
Released January 25, 2008
Recorded April - September 2007 at Gatestudio, Wolfsburg
Vox-Klangstudio, Hamburg
Genre Symphonic metal, progressive metal, power metal, hard rock
Length 63:43
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Sascha Paeth & Tobias Sammet
Avantasia chronology
Lost in Space Part II
(2007)Lost in Space Part II2007
The Scarecrow
The Wicked Symphony/Angel of Babylon
(2010)The Wicked Symphony/Angel of Babylon2010
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. Sammet explained in a 2016 interview that he managed to have Alice Cooper after drummer Eric Singer asked him. Cooper requested to have a listen to the song first and then accepted to be part of it.[4]


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 tracks written by Tobias Sammet.

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


Guest vocalists[edit]

Guest musicians[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)


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.



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


  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". Archived from the original on October 26, 2007. Retrieved October 28, 2007. 
  4. ^ Schwarzkopf, Thomas (27 January 2016). "Exclusive Interview with Tobias Sammet (Avantasia, Edguy)". Myglobalmind Magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
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  6. ^ Tobias Sammet :: Avantasia :: Official Web