Victims of the Modern Age
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good prog metal with some good vocalists. This album doesn't grab me the way Star One: Space Metal did, but it is still very good. Read morePublished 13 months ago by James B. Beavan III
I'm a huge fan of most everything that Arjen does, especially Ayreon and Star One. The first Star One album I thought was perfect; heavy, melodic the vocals were all amazing, and... Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by Ken Goodwin
I buy pretty much anything that Russell Allen sings on, so having already owned the first Star One CD, and knowing how good it was, I knew as soon as I found out this one existed I... Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by Rocksister
The wait was well worth it. This the second studio album by Arjen Lucassen and The Star One cast is unbelieveable from the opening intro to the final chord. Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by J. C Cheek