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Star One


Progressive Metal

3.70 | 175 ratings

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3 stars It had to happen, it was written in Lucassen's stars. His tendency to plaster every square inch of his music with overstressed production values had to blow up in his face one day. I just wouldn't have though it to happen in his Star One project, certainly not after teasing us with the news that the album would be heavier. Well, it's heavy yes, but not wild or exciting. For that it is too glossy and indulges in sound bombast that pushes me to the edge of a sonic indigestion.

After the mandatory synth intro, Digital Rain kicks off the album with a cliché but fine heavy rock song. The best reference that comes to mind would be Rainbow from the albums after Dio left the band, meaning lots of pomp-rock and little excitement. And that's all for the song by song part of this review as none of the remaining items add anything to what Digital Rain presented. Some tracks are a bit catchier others not.

The whole idea of this project is to revisit the late 70's heavy rock, but with such a clinical and pompous production it never comes off the ground for long. Little variation, few surprises, nothing new, nothing too exciting but nothing too offensive neither. A satisfying release for fans of the heavier side of Ayreon, but no match for his better work like Into the Electric Castle.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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