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Guilt Machine

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3.90 | 145 ratings | 12 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Twisted Coil (11:43)
2. Leland Street (8:03)
3. Green and Cream (10:32)
4. Season of Denial (10:22)
5. Over (6:11)
6. Perfection? (10:46)

Total Time 57:37

DVD (limited and special editions only):
Audio bonus tracks:
1. The Stranger Song (L. Cohen) - vocals Jasper (4:53)
2. Michelangelo (J. Campbell) - vocals Arjen (3:23)
3. Fan Messages (8:14)
4. Perfection? - guide vocals Arjen (9:37)
5. Twisted Coil - radio edit (4:17)
6. Pull me out of the Dark - radio edit (Green and Cream) (3:36)
7. Over - radio edit (3:56)

Video:
1. Trailer "On this Perfect Day" (4:33)
2. Making of the Trailer (3:44)
3. Interview with GUILT MACHINE (40:03)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Arjen Anthony Lucassen / guitars, keyboards, bass, mandolin, backing vocals
- Jasper Steverlinck / vocals
- Lori Linstruth / lead guitar
- Chris Maitland / drums

Releases information

CD Mascot Records (2009)*

Released in three different additions:
* Limited-edition 32-page digibook (CD + DVD)
* Special-edition digipack 24-page booklet (CD + DVD)
* Regular-edition jewel case, 24-page booklet (CD only

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3.90
(145 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
32%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
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Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
3 stars I wonder why Guilt Machine does not seem to stir much commotion around here. Normally all hell breaks loose when a new Ayreon is released. Not so for this project. It is a fine album though and sounds more refreshing then the 01011001 that disappointed me.

Guilt Machine is quite a super group: Arjen Lucassen, Chris Maitland, Jasper Steverlinck (an excellent singer and well known in Belgium from his band Arid. From my home town even.). And on lead guitar, Lori Linstruth. So Arjen turns up with another beautiful woman again. Where does he keep getting them!? Stupid jokes aside, she's a very enjoyable player and has a few nice leads and impressive solos.

So what is the reason of its poor reception? The marketing campaign? Maybe. But there must be more. A thing that strikes me every time I play this album is that it passes by without me taking much note of it. It's all pleasant, agreeable, full of soft atmospherics, with 10 minute songs and nice metal flourishes but it just fails to grab me by the throat. It fails to compel me to listen to it.

Twisted Coil is a good example, it starts softly, nice clean guitar picking, bit of mellotron, good melody but after 2 or 3 minutes you stop to take notice until the pace finally changes round 5 and a half minutes and we are treated to a great heavy guitar progression. Bit of an ELP feel on that one. But the theme is repeated for another 5 minutes and again it wears thin after 2. The song concludes by repeating the opening section with heavy guitars and emotive singing. Great, but only for 30 seconds...

Now I don't have anything against themes repeating for 5 minutes. I'm a fan of Schulze so I can take it. But here it does fail to build up to anything, nor does it entrances you or captures your attention in any other way. Conclusion. Material for 4 minues. Stretched to 11.

Now I won't spoil your listening pleasure by going through all songs like this. Some are better then the opener, others are similar or worse. I'd like to give this 4 stars but no, it doesn't come near.

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Posted Friday, October 16, 2009

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Guilt Machine is the latest venture from Dutch composer and guitarist Arjen Lucassen, who following his tenure in hair metal act Vengeance back in the 80's made a name for himself with prog metal concept Ayreon in the 90's, releasing a score of commercially successfull albums under that moniker as well as several highly respected spin-offs and side projects to this endeavour.

This latest venture is very close to Ayreon in overall sound, where dramatic build-ups and soundscapes is the name of the game. The compositions all start off relatively mellow and melodic, and gradually builds up tensions and evolves the soundscapes in the 1 till 3 major parts each compositions is divided into. Rich, dramatic synths and heavy guitar riffs make up the bombastic climaxes in the appropriate parts of most songs, and the usual heavy, chumping riff passages are included as well as the folk-tinged embellishments one kind of expects Arjen to include in his productions these days.

Synths and keyboards does dominate a bit more here than on most Ayreon albums though, and while he opts for a powerful vocalist with a dramatic voice for this disc as well, he limits himself to one vocalist this time around.

As usual this is a strong production. Many themes and elements of the previous Ayreon CD are recycled though, and the level of actual new content may slightly disappoint existing fans somewhat. Still, the first two tracks on this CD ranks among the best tunes penned by Mr. Lucassen, and with two more strong efforts to boot this is a release worth having, even if it does contain a couple of songs that doesn't convince.

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Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is Arjen Lucassen's latest project called GUILT MACHINE. He's enlisted Lori Linstruth on lead guitar, Chris Maitland on drums and Jasper Steverlinck on vocals.This is supposed to be a permanent band and not a "one off" side project. I have to admit to not being an AYREON fan at all. That project for me is like listening to a Prog musical, and I really dislike musicals. No matter how good the vocals and instrumental work is, and who the guests are, to my ears it's like listening to a musical. Did I mention I really dislike musicals ? Anyway the only side project that Arjen has been involved in that i've liked is STREAM OF PASSION's debut. It sounded nothing like AYREON to me unlike STAR ONE or GUILT MACHINE both of which bring AYREON to mind too often for my tastes. The vocalist here can really sing. He really reminds me of MUSE's singer especially when he "lets go". Did I mention i'm not a fan of MUSE's singer ? I think you know where this is going. Which is a shame because I love how atmospheric this album is.

It's pretty cool how each song opens with samples of people speaking. These were submitted by fans all over the world in various languages speaking their thoughts on guilt, regret, life, death and human nature.

"Twisted Coil" opens with words in Dutch (female) then German (male) as drums and synths create atmosphere. Vocals are reserved 1 1/2 minutes in then we get those backing vocals that bring AYREON to mind right away. They return later as well. Some cello in this one too. A Polish female vocal sample arrives 3 1/2 minutes in. Jasper sings with passion a minute later. The song kicks in after 5 1/2 minutes with riffs. Processed vocals follow. It settles with violin before 9 1/2 minutes. A calm with follows before it kicks back in. "Leland Street" opens with atmosphere as female Chinese words then male French spoken words come in. It turns spacey reminding me of PORCUPINE TREE. Reserved vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. It kicks in and contrasts continue. "Green And Cream" opens with Swedish then Japanese spoken words both male. Cool sound right here with drums and keyboards. Vocals after 1 1/2 minutes. It sounds like AYREON vocally before 4 1/2 minutes then it kicks in heavier. A change after 5 minutes with processed vocals and Arjen's vocals. Not a fan of this section. I do like the guitar before 8 minutes and the atmosphere that follows. Spanish spoken words before 9 minutes. More AYREON-like vocals follow.

"Season Of Denial" opens with Finnish then Bulgarian spoken words. Sounds like mellotron and a relaxing melody. Vocals and backing vocals join in. Violins here and acoustic guitar. Some mandolin too. It turns heavy before 5 minutes. Some great vocals from Jasper 8 minutes in heaviness follows. "Over" opens with Norwegian then Russian spoken words as a beat and keys follow. Vocals around a minute. They do get passionate. Organ comes and goes. Guitar solo before 3 1/2 minutes. The vocals shine later. "Perfection ?" opens with spoken Portugese then Hungarian words. As usual we get this beat with atmosphere. The vocal style here really reminds me of Tim Bowness from NO-MAN. It kicks in before 4 1/2 minutes. Settles again before 6 minutes with those Bowness styled vocals. A nice guitar solo follows. Spoken Italian words end it.

Forgive me if the languages of the messages are wrong. I really think this is going to get some high marks. It's modern sounding with atmosphere and a vocalist most will love.

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Posted Friday, November 06, 2009

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Guilt Machine is another project of famous Arjen Lucassen from Ayreon fame. They released in 2009 the album named On ths perfect day. At first spin I was little surprised about what I've found here on this release, not in a very positive way, I've expected something else, more vein , more balls on compositions who sounds very same, the variety is not at his home here, but overall not a bad album. The music from here is almost the same with Ayreon Universal migrator part I, same moody, atmospheric prog metal, even in places ambiental moments interlude with dark elements but combined with some prog metal arrangements the album is most of the time enjoyble. What I don't like is some pieces are too long, and not offering something really excellent to grab the listner for all 11 min for ex on Green and cream, an ok track but no more then that. 2 pieces stand apart from the rest, while keeping same mid tempo mmood, are far better then the rest, Twisted coil and Seaason of denial, great prog metal arrangements here, whre the voice of Jasper Steverlinck shines, he remind me in some parts of Damian Willson from Threshold fame and aswell he worked with Lucassen on some Ayreon pieces fiew years ago. The unmatch style of Lucassen is instantly recognazible here, same aproach like his main band Ayreon, but this time, the keys are more background and atmospheric with little space for free improvizations. So overall a good album who desearve 3 stars, but is far from being an essential listning or something groundbreaking, still pleasent most of the time.

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Posted Saturday, December 05, 2009

Review by Nightfly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars It seemed that Arjen A Lucassen's had taken his excellent Ayreon project just about as far as it could go on last years 01011001 album. A fitting end (or will it continue?) to a highly enjoyable series of easily accessible prog metal albums that if that's it, went out on a high. I read somewhere that Lucassen had felt that he had perhaps gone a little overboard on the amount of vocalists used on the last Ayreon project. Of course a multi singer format was one of the recognisable features of Ayreon and I certainly don't share such views on 01011001. Still whether that's the case or not he decided to use the single vocalist format on On This Perfect Day and employed Freddie Mercury...er.... I mean Jasper Steverlinck. Okay joking aside Steverlinck's vocal style does bear an uncanny resemblance to Mercury but he's a fine singer in his own right. Hats off to Lucassen for taking a chance on a relatively unknown singer, Steverlinck coming from Belgian indie band Arid which might sound like an unlikely partnership but actually works very well.

It appears that Lori Linstruth on lead guitar has had a key role in Guilt Machine, not only musically but also writing lyrics, her and Lucassen making a complimentary dual guitar team. Drum duties are handled by former Porcupine Tree man Chris Maitland who not surprisingly does an excellent job. Lucassen also handles bass and keyboards.

I've read reviews on other sites that say that Guilt Machine is a departure from the Ayreon sound. I have to disagree with this line of thought as Guilt Machine clearly has Lucassen stamped all over it. To my ears if you take the Ayreon sound as a template but reduce the amount of metallic guitar riffs, replacing them with cleaner guitar sounds and increase the atmospherics you'll be somewhere near. The pulsing synth sequencers are still there from the off on opener Twisted Coil. Like most of the 6 songs it's quite long giving it time to create some musical tension and build from subtle restraint to a powerhouse of a riff of unison synth and guitar. Steverlinck's voice is suitably dramatic and fits the part well. In fact the album is book ended by the two best tracks and closes with the suitably climatic Perfection? which follows a similar format as it builds to an exciting high.

Between those two pieces the songs follow a similar format. Although there are heavier moments, the songs rely more on an atmospheric and melancholic approach, exaggerated by Steverlinck's vocals. There's occasional ambient moments, the songs in the main building through many layers, but still allowing room for the music to breathe, with light and shade punctuating the dramatic highs. Just when you think it's reached a natural high it moves up another level.

On This perfect Day is another well crafted, melodic and accessible album from Lucassen. On first hearing it sounds a bit ordinary but stick with it and it will reveal its charms. Not quite as good as the last two Ayreon albums which set a high benchmark but fans of that band and his other projects should find much to enjoy here.

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Posted Saturday, December 12, 2009

Review by Muzikman
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5 stars Arjen Lucassen's latest release for his new band Guilt Machine is On This Perfect Day. This release is a departure from the complex Ayreon projects that included a multitude of musicians and vocalists. Instead he favors one small consistent lineup made up of his partner, manager and lyricist Lori Linstruth (lead guitar) who was also with him in Stream of Passion, Jasper Steverlinck (lead vocalist) from Belgian alternative rock band Arid and ex- Porcupine Tree member Chris Matiland (drums) while Ben Mathot (violin) and David Faber (cello) contribute their fair share of well placed and appropriate parts and of course Arjen showing the way playing guitars, mandolin, bass, keyboards and providing some vocals. The album was recorded at Arjen's Electric Castle in the Netherlands.

This release is more interesting and unique because of the contributions of several people from all over the world speaking in their own language on life, regret, death, guilt, and human nature. Although you will not be able to understand what they are saying (well most of us won't) it lends a different atmosphere and kind of "get the chills" feel to the tracks. Lucassen has always had an ability to give each of his projects their own stamp of uniqueness and this one is no exception. I had no idea what to expect because I have always had some sort of insight prior to each release because of the ongoing story with Ayreon and the well known configuration of supergroups he would assemble for every project. I knew I would not be disappointed with On This Perfect Day, in fact it was a nice surprise and it turned out to be an excellent album.

There are six tracks on this CD; there is also a two disc special edition available with bonus tracks and videos. Not one of the tracks is less than six minutes with the longest being the lead off track "Twisted Coil" clocking in at 11:43. The lead singer Jasper Steverlinck sounds like he would have been a great for Arjen's previous projects but he does make his own distinct mark here. Also Lori is no slouch on lead guitar. I already respected her for the previous work I have heard but this output is exceptional. Arjen contributes immeasurable amounts of across the board talent as usual on guitars both acoustic and electric amongst other things. Chris is excellent with all the drum parts, driving the Guilt Machine along a steady course that seems to falter. If Jaspar sounds familiar it's because he was a guest vocalist on the third CD of Timeline on an unreleased song, called "Epilogue: The Memory Remains".

This is a fine collection of progressive rock tracks complete with the usual thought provoking album art and the bonus of the lyrics included with the CD booklet, which guarantees a reflective listen by anyone's estimation.

I think prog rock fans and avid Arjen fans will find complete satisfaction with this recording. I found no weaknesses to mention. At times you are reminded of the old Ayreon with some of the musical displays however that is quickly dispelled with the Guilt Machine stamp that sounds fresh and full of energy.

Arjen mentioned in an interview in Classic Rock magazine that he feels like there is a black hole in his life if there is no project to be working on, which explains his continuous flow of music every year. Listeners benefit from the workhorse methods of this great artist. I cannot help but wonder what could be next! This is a great way to usher in the new decade of prog rock.

5/5 Stars. Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck. ©MuzikReviews.com

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Posted Thursday, January 07, 2010

Review by CCVP
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4 stars Space Metal?

It is no mystery for anyone familiarized with Arjen Anthony Lucassen's many works and projects, like Ayreon, Star One, Stream of Passion, among others, that the mastermind behind all those projects is a huge Pink Floyd / space rock and science fiction fan. That is because, in almost every project he does, there is a reference to either one of those or even to all of them, as we can see in the Ayreon albums Into the Electric Castle and Universal Migrator part 1: The Dream Sequencer. The album On This Perfect Day, from Arjen's newest project so far, called Guilt Machine, is no exception to that rule: it is drenched with space rock influences, along with other classic / traditional progressive rock references and heavy metal touches. This mix creates a quite interesting music, something that is in a crossroad between space rock, heavy metal and classic rock, though being slightly more inclined towards space rock than the others parts of this musical concoction.

Guilt Machine, despite fitting in what you would expect from something made by Mr. Lucassen, have some differences that should be noted from his other works. In the first place, On This Perfect Day is much more rock driven than his latest Ayreon release, despite sounding quite closely to it and having some kind of a goth / depressive / dark tone to it, just like Ayreon's 01011001. The unrestricted usage of minor scales, organs and (somehow) dark-sounding synthesizers contribute heavily to that, along with the gloomy phrases spread throughout the album in a big variety of different languages. These features fit quite well with the direction taken here, because, let's face it, outgoing and bright space rock would be an oxymoron.

In the second place, there is only one singer! Well, two actually, but Arjen is only making backing vocals, so he doesn't really count for that matter. That is a huge reduction from what we are used to see in Ayreon (just for the sake of comparison, 01011001 had 16 guess vocalists). In the third place, On This Perfect Day is an album that is much more focused in making some music for the band, so the center of attention here is the band, in the contrary to what happens in traditional Ayreon albums and in some of Arjen's side projects, where there is more focus on the vocalist(s) than in the band. As a result, the music sounds simpler and the album sounds very balanced and cohere. By the way, this new vocalist Mr. Lucassen called to join the band has a very good voice and, overall, sings well. His tone and vocal timbre are quite pleasant and match very well with the music being played here, but there is one downside: when he tries to hit high notes or tries to sing forte, his voice (along with whatever he tries to deliver) suffers a lot.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Although having positive features, Guilt Machine's On This perfect Day is not perfect. The main reason for it is because the songs are not what we can call perfect nor the whole package is something that is worth that title. Despite starting very well, with the great song Twisted Coil, by the time the third and fourth songs are playing the album have downgraded itself from the exceptional to the average and good, respectively, reaching the rock bottom on the forgettable song Over. The album can recover much of its quality with the last song, but the damage was already done: though being far from bad, the album had the potential to me much better. Some of the problems that kept this album from being better are overlong songs, the vocalist trying to reach notes he can't or barely can and other minor things that simply break the mood of some song and the mood of the album. Gladly, such bad features are the exception, making Arjen Anthony Lucassen's space metal release highly enjoyable for anyone.

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Posted Monday, January 18, 2010

Review by Second Life Syndrome
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams
4 stars I'm not much of a fan of Arjen Lucassen, but I think this may be my favorite of his projects. Ayreon and Avanstasia are both good, but this project has a great amount of emotion and scale to it. On top of that, the music is interesting, as I'm not sure this is really prog metal. It is mostly driven my symphonics, and is augmented with a some great riffing and awesome vocals.

I have much respect for the unique aspects of this album. The female voice-overs are a great touch, as are the wonderful song structures. The themes display a great amount of profundity, especially the final track. Speaking of, I think the two best tracks are "Season of Denial" and "Perfection?" as these two tracks represent stunning structures and the whole array of styles displayed on this album. All in all, this a great and unique album that deserves at least a few listens.

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3 stars Guilt Machine is another project by the incredible Arjen Lucassen. The sound is pretty much similar to what he does with the project AYREON; however, with Ayreon is a project where he always invites a dozen of musicians from different bands to perform a conceptual album. Here, he just gathered ... (read more)

Report this review (#1040488) | Posted by Memo_anathemo | Friday, September 20, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Guilt Machine is a new project by Dutch prog legend Arjen Lucassen. This is something different from his usual projects like Ayreon, in that the band only exists out of 4 members. This album is also different in that it's not a rock opera. It's not about sci-fi, not about fantasy, but instead the ... (read more)

Report this review (#404114) | Posted by Daedalus | Sunday, February 20, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Out of all the things Arjen Lucassen produces, I must say I that I like this the best. There's no cringey bits on this release, it's all moody and there's an underlying rage. It doesn't have the all star singers (aka "We are the world"/Dio's "Stars"), but it does has one great singer, clear and ex ... (read more)

Report this review (#277157) | Posted by praj912 | Saturday, April 10, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I pondered whether to give this a 3 star or a 4 star before I rated it, but I decided on 3, mainly because while it's good, well... it's not essential, like the rating thing said. I'll say one thing right up front and that is that Ayreon is MUCH better than Guilt Machine, and so is Star One. G ... (read more)

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