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Universal Migrator Pt.2: Flight Universal Migrator


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1. Chaos
2. Dawn of a Million Souls
3. Journey on the Waves of Time
4. To the Quasar: A) The Taurus Pulsar B) Quasar 3c273
5. Into the Black Hole: A) The Eye of the Universe B) Halo of Darkness C)
6. Through the Wormhole
7. Out of the White Hole: A) M31 B) Planet y C) Search Continues
8. To the Solar System: A) Planet of Blue B) System Alert
9. The New Migrator: A) Metamorphosis B) Sleeper Awake

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 1, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004TSAD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on October 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Flight of the Migrator is part II of Arjen Lucassen's two-CD release The Universal Migrator. Continuing the story of part I, The Dream Sequencer, the Mars colonist has decided to "preincarnate" to beyond the beginning of the human race. There, he encounters the Universal Migrator, a spirit-like entity whose essence divides and creates human souls (assuming I understand what's happening). The colonist joins the Migrator on its quest through space, in search of the planet Earth. They check out a plethora of cosmic phenomena on their quest for the "blue planet."
Where part I was musically ambient, beautiful, and melodic, part II adopts a symphonic metal approach for the journey through space and time. It's still heavily laced with keyboards (listen to the neoclassical-tinged keyboard/guitar interplay of "Chaos." Wow!), but it's definitely a metal album. If you've heard the other Ayreon work Into the Electric Castle, consider the occasional metal riffs from that album indicative of what you'll find here. The important difference is that Lucassen has assembled a bunch of metal vocalists to perform here. Big names include Bruce Dickinson (if you don't know what he's from you aren't cool), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody), Timo Koltipelto (Stratovarius), and a bunch more. The awesome Lana Lane also makes a few appearances, only as a background singer though (unfortunately). The all-star performance is excellent and Lucassen's songwriting mostly good, if not great.
I think the album suffers a few hang-ups though. Rhythms are often stiff, lacking enough groove to really get the songs rocking (a problem sometimes counteracted by striving vocal melodies). The chugging riffs are often constrained, stilted, and inflexible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on February 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Arjen Lucassen (guitars, bass, synthesizers, Mellotron, Hammond/keyboards), Erik Norlander (synthesizers & keyboards), Ed Warby (drums & percussion). Along with the main players, there is a host of guest performers lending their talents here - Russel Allen and Michael Romeo (both from Symphony X), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Damian Wilson (Threshold, Landmarq), Ralf Sheepers (Primar Fear), Clive Nolan (Arena, Shadowland), Andi Deris (Helloween), Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery), Erik Norlander (Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists), Fabio Lione (Athena, Labyrinth, Rhapsody Of Fire), Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius), Ian Parry (Elegy), Oscar Holleman (guitars and engineering) and Robert Soeterboek (vocals).

THE DISC: (2000) 9 tracks clocking in at approximately 66 minutes. Included with the disc is a 20-page booklet containing band photos (as well as small photos of all the guest performers), song titles/credits/times, song lyrics, and thank you's. All music and lyrics written by Lucassen - except on subsections "Planet Of Blue" (Soeterboek) and "Sleeper Awake" (Parry). Recorded at the Electric Castle (Holland). Label - Transmission Records.

COMMENTS: This "Universal Migrator - Part 2 - Flight Of The Navigator" is much different than its predecessor (Part 1 - "The Dream Sequencer") released earlier in the same year. "Part 1" is more atmospheric- some heavy moments, but mostly laid back instrumentals, softer and very melodic in tone, reminiscent of some of Pink Floyd's 1970's material. "Part 2" is more of a progressive rock/metal opera of an album. "Flight Of The Navigator" subject matter focuses on astronomy, light, energy, radiation and the Big Bang Theory... it is indeed a trip for the aural senses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nanohead VINE VOICE on December 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've had the migrator for a year or so now, and I've listened to it quite a bit. I've just listened to it for the first time in several months, and I just realized how totally awesome it is. I've been listening to things like Cairo, Flower Kings, UK, Liquid Tension, etc. And I just decided to spin this one and I remembered how totally amazing it is. So much complex music, written and organized with lots of proficient musicians, with a story to tell. Great metal passages, lots of pounding rythms, great metal vocals (usually a weak spot), no whining.
I love Ayreons other works just as much. This one just rocks. Dream Sequencer is another eclectic assemblage of musos and complex writing (at least Lana Lane actually sings on that one.,..) But don't be fooled, this one stands on its own as a great work. No, its not perfect, but think of what this guy does... He gathers lots of progressive and progmetal people together, gives them things to play, then assembles it into a coherent collection of tunes, then he actually sells the stuff.
Thanks for keeping the music coming and can't wait till theres more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on October 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Flight of the Migrator is the second part of Ayreon's Universal Migrator double album; but it has another significance in Arjen Lucassen's almost 25-year long career. This is Ayreon's breakthrough album in prog metal, especially because of its unimaginable line-up of vocalists. Some of these singers are (in order of appearance on the album) Russel Allen from Symphony X, Damian Wilson from both previous Ayreon albums and Threshold, Ralf Scheepers from Primal Fear, Andi Deris from Helloween, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden and Timo Kotipelto from Stratovarius. The list of musicians on the record are equally impressive: Erik Norlander and Clive Nolan on keyboards, Michael Romeo (Symphony X) and Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) on guitars, and long-time 'godly' drummer Ed Warby. Needless to say, the prog community was taken by storm when they heard the involvement of all these talented musicians, and thus, 5 years after its inception, Ayreon finally made its name known throughout the world. While this record wouldn't make my favourites list, I believe there are some amazing moments and songs here that may easily surpass most bands' best works.

FOTM is the heavier part of the concept. Please note that, when I say 'heavy', I mean that by Ayreon's standards. If you check this out, you may think it isn't all that heavy compared to some of your favourite prog bands, but within the Ayreon catalog, it certainly has its own place in terms of the heaviness factor, particularly if you pop this disc in after listening to The Dream Sequencer. Arjen Lucassen's music has never been about being technically efficient or musically heavy, he has always, in his long career, strived for making 'good' compositions and finding relevant melodies to the highly creative concepts he comes up with.
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