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Ayreon - The Final Experiment CD (album) cover




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3.42 | 356 ratings

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3 stars I consider the debut album by Ayreon to be something of a breakthrough in the progressive metal category: The level of majesty, classical music inspiration married with tons of modern synths, great cast of vocals and last but not least, ambitious sci-fi concept topics. All this called - metal opera.

The debut album has a surprising name "The final experiment" which should however not be linked to the status of music on it.

The vocalists on this album aren't as top-rated as it would appear on further releases but that doesn't mean that vocal performance isn't one of the top elements to be heard. There is a variety of sounds, motives and moods with some excellent melodies. I don't care about anything beyond music so whatever lyrics or topics are addressed.

You may be blown away when it's your first Ayreon album; however future releases have better instrumental execution and better songwriting. As each modern rock opera, it is fascinating how many different styles can be melted together, we have for example a folky minstrel followed by an anthemic "Sail away to Avalon" where bass synths but also elaborate guitar arrangements with excellent female/male vocals please many fans.

I rate this album with 3.5 stars - it is a really mature debut album and its level of complexity, sound quality is above a common progressive metal album.

sgtpepper | 3/5 |


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