From the intro’s first Mellotron-chords after 9 seconds you’ll already know what you’re going to expect. A heroic theme welcomes the listener. Then a pavement of a vintage sound is setting in, and finally after 41 seconds the heroic theme repeats continually on a classic synthesizer. Abruptly, a roaring Hammond organ baffles the whole set-up. The drums are setting in, and off we go on another journey of Star One!
This time the songs aren’t based on any heroic science-fiction movies. The concept of ‘Victims Of The Modern Age’ is inspired by dystopian and post-apocalyptic science
fiction movies. A more kind of darker approach.
Dark or heroic? It doesn’t matter at all. Arjen Lucassen made an impressive follow-up to the highly acclaimed ‘Space Metal’-album from 8 years ago. Again he’s in best company of an extraordinary selection of lead-singers, and instrumentalist. The songs are having strong melodies, and are reclining on stable fundament of progressive and heavy-metal arrangements.
Because the stories which the songs are based on are having a more depressing subject, the heavy-metal touch is a bit stronger this time. It’s getting more serious here. Heavy guitar sounds are dominating, and there are a bit less classic synths.
Like on the first Star One-album, the vocal performances are suburb. Especially the harmonies between Floor Janssen and Damian Wilson are worth listening. Fans who bought the special 2cd edition should check-out the track ‘Closer To The Stars’ which features ex-Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin.
Let’s hope that Arjen Lucassen keeps journeying through the galaxy and stars. Because there’s still a lot of space left out there!
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