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UNIVERSAL MIGRATOR, PART 1: THE DREAM SEQUENCER

Ayreon

 

Progressive Metal

3.61 | 505 ratings

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AtLossForWords
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4 stars Ayreon's Univeral Migrator I: The Dream Sequencer is an excellent release. The imeadiate follow-up to Into the Electric Castle, this album has no holes.

The line-up of vocalists in the opera is the focal point of this album. How often do you get to hear Neal Morse, Damion Wilson, Edward Reekers, Arjen Lucassen, Lana Lane, and Floor Jansen all on the same album? Morse, Wilson, and Reekers definately give the best vocal performances on this album.

The musical part is fantastic as well. Lucassen is a fine composer specializing in melodic voices. Lucassen's style resembles more of a ranged brass player than a typical shread guitarist. Highlights of the album are The Shooting Company of Capt. Frans B. Cocq, Carried by the Wind, and First Man on Earth.

The prodcution is phoenomenal, Lucassen's use of acoustic orchestral insturments rather than a synth is crucial to the sound of this album. The drums sound absolutely phoenomenal. The guitars both clean and distorted are clear and articulated. The keyboards use a vast array of sounds making each song an interesting listen.

AtLossForWords | 4/5 |

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