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4.01 | 87 ratings | 5 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Overture (1:23)
2. Gone Gone Gone (2:07)
3. Hundred Million Miles from Home (3:39)
4. Trouble at the Big Show (2:30)
5. Locomotive (5:03)
6. Radio Silence (4:17)
7. The Greater Good (4:10)
8. Time May Bend (2:30)
9. Ten Thousand Ways (1:22)
10. Red Storm (6:04)
11. All Systems Stable (0:17)
12. Khedive (2:04)
13. The Outpost (3:51)
14. Mission to Mars (2:43)

Total Time 42:00

Line-up / Musicians

- James Young / guitar, vocals
- Tommy Shaw / acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, vocals
- Lawrence Gowan / piano, Hammond, synth, vocals
- Ricky Phillips / bass
- Chuck Panozzo / bass (3)
- Todd Sucherman / drums & percussion, waterphone

- Will Evankovich / guitar, synth, sounds, producer

Releases information

Artwork: Todd Gallopo

LP UMe ‎- B0026614-01 (2017, US)

CD UMe ‎- B0026466-02 (2017, US)

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STYX The Mission ratings distribution

(87 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(55%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (1%)
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Review by A Crimson Mellotron
4 stars Styx go full-on prog with their sixteenth studio album 'The Mission' - an epic and spacey concept album about a trip to Mars that takes place in the year 2033. This album sees the band with the following lineup: Tommy Shaw, James Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman, Ricky Phillips, and Chuck Panozzo appearing on just one track. Comprised of fourteen tracks, 'The Mission' is quite possibly the best episode in the band's long and fruitful career; Keeping things 'short and sweet', this 42-minnute epic sci-fi ride sees the band produce tremendously good songs that flow seamlessly into one another, making up for a pretty impressive, memorable, and beautifully produced concept album - and certainly one of the stronger concept albums of this decade.

The story is captivating, the music is simultaneously accessible and astonishingly good, as 'The Mission' sees the band's principal musical aspects collide for the birth of what could safely be proclaimed their best work - their prog rock roots and their masterful ability to write very good songs that are memorable to the core. Just one listen would be enough for the listener to notice how well-composed and detailed tracks like 'Locomotive', 'The Greater Good', 'Red Storm' and 'The Outpost' are, and how each single element of this record makes sense and contributes to the overall blissful coherence of this journey to the red planet.

A really pleasant surprise - this is precisely what 'The Mission' is; and also, an exclamation mark that a band is never too old to create its masterwork. And I am entirely sincere in these words, as I have not heard such an enjoyable Styx album from start to finish, such a tremendously good collection of songs, with such attention to detail and sound. This is well-backed up by the fact that the band recorded this album between 2015 and 2017, obviously taking their time and justifying each second spent in the studio, giving the world a really impressive modern progressive rock album.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Review # 113 Starting this, I have to say that I was never a fan of Styx. I have a couple of their old albums in my collection, I listened to a few more, but they were never my cup of tea. Yes, they have some very good songs here and there, but that was it for me. So, because of the thig ... (read more)

Report this review (#2593084) | Posted by The Jester | Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Back in the day I had an automatic reaction when asked: "I'm not really into Styx". What a difference two generations make! This stuff is good, REALLY GOOD. After hearing users on Progarchives go back and forth...Styx is it's not...but wait, what about Dennis deYoung's new album? This is a ... (read more)

Report this review (#2457234) | Posted by gbjones | Sunday, October 18, 2020 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It's been around 40 year since hey-days of Styx. After such period the band returned with a new conceptual album The Mission. I had no big expectations, so it came as the biggest surprise this year so far. It turned out for me that this might, without any exaggeration, be one of their best record ... (read more)

Report this review (#1802487) | Posted by stewe | Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Styx on a mission. What a nice surprise we got here.Styx making a concept album about the first manned mission to Mars. If you were not a fan of Styx before,I am sure this won't change your mind.But if like me, you were along for the ride in the 70ies,this is a fantastic album.For me the Equinox-P ... (read more)

Report this review (#1735395) | Posted by gr8dane | Monday, June 19, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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