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ACTUAL FANTASY

Ayreon

 

Progressive Metal

3.21 | 259 ratings

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Warthur
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3 stars Ayreon's second album shows some improvement over The Final Experiment. Avoiding the rock opera format this time around means that Lucassen doesn't have to hammer his musical ideas into that constricting format and doesn't feel the need to add any filler to provide narration or context for the story. That said, it still doesn't scratch the itch for me, with songs that outstay their welcome and make me lost interest partway through and constant flirtations with developing the piece into a concept album (about the concept of fantasy) which are never quite followed through on. Like The Final Experiment, it's more of a blueprint for later Ayreon works.
Warthur | 3/5 |

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