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Avantasia - The Scarecrow Review

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Artist: Avantasia

Album: The Scarecrow

Released: 2008

A mixture of styles and genres: Melodic Heavy Power Metal

Review:

Another album by Avantasia has been released at last... Well, I should say that it is rather good than shitty, but I have to admit it is inferior to Metal Opera, especially Part I. I mean there are fewer songs on the album, which you want to play several times on end being hugely impressed. But still, there are some songs, which bring some freshness into the album, and the mid-tempo title track is among them. I can't call it memorable and it does not give me good vibes or something like that, but it is very enjoyable, I was especially impressed by intro, which sounds a bit oriental. Other songs that I would like to pick out as better than average are Twisted Mind, also a mid-tempo song based on heavy riffs, the beginning of which also sounds oriental-like, and which has a catchy chorus"; speedy, "headbangable" and vigorous Another Angel Down, which I would call the most emotional song on the album, since it lifts my spirit and fills me with emotions every time I listen to it, and, of course The Toy Master, another mid-tempo eerie track performed by Alice Cooper, and it is really fit to his weird singing manner. I would call this song (but it is only my opinion) a standout due to its melody and last but not least due to the way the "shock rocker" performs it, because the same song sung by Tobias (its version can be heard on DVD) loses its charm somehow.
The album is done in Power Metal style, but there are some songs that aren't fit to any particular style, or more Hard Rock, than Power Metal, for instance, the ballad "What Kind of Love", which is hardly can be called Metal at all, as it sounds like an ordinary pop ballad frequently played on the radio, and rather unimpressive "Cry Just a Little", which cannot be said about "Lost in Space", a mid-tempo beautiful song with a touch of sadness in it. I personally consider it to be among the most special songs on the album.
Overall, I would rate "The Scarecrow" as good album, which, sadly, lacks originality. If you take "Shelter from the Rain", for instance, the first thought, which will come to your mind, will not be like "It is written in the early Helloween style", but like "hey, haven't I heard it many times before?" Songs like this one are like "dead weight": boring and repetitive.
In the end I would like to mark good guitar job on the album, which is also a merit of such guitar heroes, as Rudolf Schenker and Kai Hansen, and awesome singers like Jorn Lande, Michael Kiske and of course Tobias Sammet himself also make their contribution. But to make a perfect album Tobias has to come up with more fresh musical ideas.


Summary:
Vocals:10.00 of 10
Instruments:10.00 of 10
Skill:10.00 of 10
Originality:5.00 of 10
TOTAL:8.75 of 10

Reviewed by: Juliette /10.03.2008/



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