Avantasia - The Scarecrow
Ugh, here it begins. I really have to dig to find the words for this album because it just makes me FEEL. Um. So it starts out with Twisted Mind, right. Which is cool, they're an intense power metal group with an amazing operatic sound to them - a twelve-or-something piece group fronted by Tobias Sammet, who has a voice like high-pitched honey and milk. I found a live performance of them called The Flying Opera which also starts out with Twisted Mind, and to watch the crowd, I'm in a perpetual envy. This performance cannot be background noise to me. Once I hit play (and I even bought the damn DVD with the album), I am hooked, transfixed, awed, admiring, and breathing in every damned second of the performance. I think this album changed my life when I was 22. It was like a security blanket, coddling me to sleep every night and forcing me to feel a plethora of emotions inciting everything from vulnerability to blackout rage to an absolute self-love that infects my very core. Avantasia changed my life.
Song to check out: The Scarecrow