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Star One


Progressive Metal

3.93 | 94 ratings

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4 stars Star One is a straightforward and hard-edge metal side-project which Arjen Lucassen created as a reaction to the soft and atmospheric Ambeon release a year earlier.

Although Star One was initially intended to be a single-singer project, it quickly transformed into a multi-singer project featuring singers Russell Allen, Dan Swanö, Damian Wilson and Floor Jansen, and later that year Arjen toured with most of this stellar cast during the Intergalactic Space Crusader Tour 2002.

Nearly all the songs are based on science fiction movies situated in space. The name Star One come comes from a 70s cult British television series named Blakes 7 in which an artificial planet called Star One is featured. The song Intergalactic Space Crusaders is also based on this series.

My personal favourites of this album are "High Moon" and "Intergalactic Space Crusaders", but all tracks are really worth it. I really don't see too much difference between Arjen's AYREON and STAR ONE, except that STAR ONE is about space. Yes, STAR ONE is somewhat heavier than "Into the Electric Castle", but with AYREON's "Human Equation" Arjen has also took a somewhat heavier approach on his latest AYREON album. To me STAR ONE is just as good as AYREON!

P.S. The Inside-Out double disc version comes with some great booklet and artwork!

evenless | 4/5 |


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