STAR ONE – ALBUM OF THE MONTH
“Victims of The Modern Age”
Genre: Progressive Metal
Label: Century Media
So here is the much anticipated new album from the workaholic mastermind behind Aryeon and Guilt Machine, Arjen Lucassen.
Whereas Star One’s debut “Space Metal” was a more Hawkwind-flavoured affair, this new platter takes a much more guitar-orientated approach to song writing while once again showcasing the considerable talents of the vocalists involved.
While the album’s concept is darker where the lyrics tell of happenings on earth, the concept never gets in the way of the killer hooks on display here. The concept adds another layer to your listening pleasure. However, if you want to simply enjoy the melodies, here then there is plenty to whet your appetite. “Earth That Was” and the technical but tuneful “Digital Rain” have colossal choruses that soar towards the stratosphere majestically while the luscious keyboard arrangements augment the driving riffs perfectly.
Russell Allen’s voice could cut through glass on “24 Hours” such is its power but the low vocals of Dan Swanö, Damien Wilson’s clear voice and the spine-tingling highs of Revamp’s Floor Jansen all play their part.
CD two also makes a fine listen, although it takes a slightly more downbeat flavour. “Closer ToThe Stars” features a stellar performance from former Black Sabbath frontman Tony Martin and the acoustic lament of “Last Day” featuring Lucassen himself are mighty contributions, the latter carefully blending intergalactic keyboard sounds with the guitars.
Having once said he was “Not a fan of sequels” Arjen Lucassen can rest assured that his decision to resurrect the Star One spacecraft was definitely the right one.
Beg, Borrow or Steal: Star One has delivered an intergalactic masterpiece that should send fans of progressive metal into overdrive. Warp factor nine, number one, this album’s gonna go supernova!