A Rocktopia user review written by Speedy Hicks.
Any album with a conceptual theme running through it is a risky venture, when that theme is spread out over 3 albums then that is very brave indeed. Part one “The Scarecrow” was released 2 years ago to great reviews which left this pair a very hard challenge in even matching the predecessor. Well no one need have worried as Tobias Sammet has pulled of a masterstroke of theatrical dynamics with guest appearances from Michael Kiske, Bob Catley, Ripper Owens, the splendid Jorn Lande and Scorpion’s main man Klause Meine to name just a few. Only Sammet knows what drives him on to release product that is so immense and intensely constructed, from moments ranging from shear beauty to the barrage f power metal these releases are not for the faint hearted. Having secured a successful foothold for his main band “Edguy” surely it’s only a matter of time before Tobias Sammet has taken Avantasia to an even wider audience who crave his almost operatic grand musical vision. There is such a vast amount going on within each of these albums that the listener has to play them a few times before everything becomes clearer, and the full picture emerges. Rarely does an album have to be judged on the whole piece as opposed to individual songs but on this occasion the listener has to digest the big picture. Both these CDs have been released in a ltd box set with a couple of additional tracks and a flashy booklet thrown in for good measure. So there we have it 2 albums of such grandiose proportions that will inevitably leave the listener shocked but satisfied and certainly going back for more.