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1. Down the Rabbit Hole
2. Digital Rain
3. Earth That Was
4. Victim of the Modern Age
5. Human See, Human Do
6. 24 Hours
7. Cassandra Complex
8. It's Alive, She's Alive, We're Alive
9. It All Ends Here

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0042RSMFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 22, 2010
At first I was a little bit hesitant to review the latest Arjen album. Last year's Guilt Machine had not impressed me and, frankly, when I first heard this record I thought to myself "Arjen's trying to atone for the last one by making something typical."

I could not have been more wrong, and I'm glad that I waited on reviewing this particular record before giving it just an average score and regretting that later. In brief: yes, this is a very "Arjen" sounding record in the sense that it sounds like the type of Arjen you heard pre-The Human Equation. This IS, after all, "space metal." However, what Ajren's done with this apparent "step back" is more reflective of a complete recovery than any kind of nostalgia effort. It seems Arjen's finally managed to pull himself out of his depression and write some fun, proggy metal again. Fans of the original Star One should like this. Fans of Ayreon will like this. Arjen fans who did not like 01011001 and Guilt Machine will be brought back into the fold. Good work, Arjen!

My only complain with the album (and it's a small one) is some of the lyrics don't really reflect the source material as much as I'd like. The song based on Firefly/Serenity especially. It would have been cool for Arjen to pull out some Western music or something like that-- Oddly, the music to "Victims of the Modern Age" sounds like it'd do better to be a song about Firefly than "Earth that Was" does, but I digress. You can't loose with Victims of the Modern Age.

Is it the best album of the year? No. Is it an awesome album you should get anyway? Hell yes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2011
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Awesome follow-up to Star One's earlier album Space Metal. Great core band, cool guest vocalists (including Russell Allen of Symphony X), and guitar solos by Gary Wehrkamp of Shadow Gallery. Led by Arjen Anthony Lucassen.

Lyrics continue the previous albums' connection to movies, but this time instead of space movies, they are "apocalyptic" films (check the title - victims of the modern age).

If you want to figure out the correlation of the lyrics (but not the music) to the films for yourself (he doesn't tell you, or even tell you that's what he's up to),then just go buy the album and don't keep reading.

Movies on which the song lyrics are based:
Down the Rabbit Hole / Digital Rain - The Matrix.
Earth That Was - Firefly (TV series) - had to look that up despite loving that show.
Victim of the Modern Age - A Clockwork Orange
Human See, Human Do - Planet of the Apes
24 Hours - Escape From New York
Cassandra Complex - 12 Monkeys - had to look it up (and what a Cassandra complex is)
It's Alive, She's Alive, We're Alive - Children of Men
It All Ends Here - Blade Runner

Summary - excellent prog rock, great guests and musicians, cool themes/topics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on April 9, 2011
Star One is one of Arjen Lucassen's numerous side projects, his main musical venture being Ayreon. Star One share much in common with Ayreon, including the conceptual storytelling, and what you find here is essentially a heavier version of the progressive sounds of Ayreon. Lucassen normally utilizes a dozen or so vocalists on his Ayreon albums, but for this Star One release there are only four featured vocalists: Russell Allen, Damian Wilson, Dan Swano and Floor Jansen. Wilson and Allen in particular pull off stellar performances, and my only complaint is that these tremendous vocals are so low in the mix. The highlights are Casssandra Complex, It's Alive, He's Alive, She's Alive, and the title track, which has the Celtic-tinged guitar work found on Ayreon's Loser. Anyone who is a fan of Ayreon should find Victims Of A Modern Age to be quite satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald B. Betbeze Jr. on June 14, 2011
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Ok, I liked the first Star One CD better. This one deals with darker themes and at time is depressing in its themes. Well written songs and good matches with the vocalists to the songs. Arjen just went too dark this time. A good CD, but start with the first Star One release and some of Arjen's other project before this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill M. on April 27, 2014
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While I preferred the original Space Metal album more than this one, this album definitely had enough good tracks that it did not disappoint me.
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