Anthony Lucassen's creative masterpiece is Ayreon and has been for years. He
doesn't limit himself to the confines of Ayreon and has simultaneously other
projects running; Ambeon, Stream of Passion, Guilt Machine and Star One.
And each of them are well defined soundwise and easily separated from his
Star One concept was created to display some of the darker and harder
aspects of his sound universe, moving more towards power metal than his
other projects did. The vocalists were handpicked to portray the characters
in the concept chosen for the first album; sci-fi movies set in space. Even
thought the commercial success was limited it still went down very well
among his hard-core followers.
is time to take a new journey into the sound universe of Star One,
and the sound is definitely the same, but with the usual aging and
perfection that comes with working on your craft. The lyrical concept has
changed slightly, the songs are this time around based on dystopian and
post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies, and most of the movies take place on Earth.
"Victims of a Modern Age" is more guitar-oriented, harder and heavier than
"Space Metal" (2002), and the production is excellent; the drums are tight,
the bass is solid, the keyboards sound brilliant, the guitar tones are
amazing, and vocals are superb. Russell Allen, Damian Wilson Dan Swanö and
Floor Jansen do all deliver stellar performances and that alone makes this
however think "Victims of a Modern Age" leans a bit too much up against the
first album, I wish it had taken a slightly different direction from it's
predecessor, but that it just me nit-picking because this is still nine
superbly crafted, written, performed and produced songs from the mind of Mr.
Lucassen. He proves once more that his creative universe is a lot wider than
Ayreon and that his creative well is far from empty...