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5 stars Best Ayreon album...

This is, along with The Dream Sequencer Part 1, the less metal Ayreon albums. Most of the album is prog rock (space & symphonic mainly). What we got here is the continuation of the story started in The Final Experiment, and consist in a journey through space and time... mmm, what this means????

Well, eight human beings had been used for some kind of strange experiment, in which the objective is to study the human emotions, desires and feelings. This experiment is executed by an alien (Forever of the stars, which appears late in 01011001). What is very interesting here, is that these souls are taken form different eras along the time, so the interaction between each one is very interesting, since they doesn't completely understand the behavior of the other one's, for the cultural differences and technological advances that each one has experienced or not. I think this is a very important point in which Arjen put so much attention to accomplish the reflected consistency.

Musically, the album is very dense and variated. As it's common in Ayreon, you'll hear all kind of singing, since beautiful female singing, to dark-scary grunts. The instrumentation is very eclectic, the use of uncommon and old-fashioned instrumentation is very common here!!.

I want to make a special mention to Damian's development here, it's simply incredible the power and the feeling he prints in his singing. Here you'll find other great singers like Edwin Balogh and Anneke van Giersbergen. Personally I didn't like the participation of Den Adel, I think that is was very occasional.

An easy to love album, another masterpiece from the mastermind Lucassen!!!

Don't miss it!!!

AlexUC | 5/5 |


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