Star One (band)
|Genres||Progressive metal, heavy metal, space rock|
|Associated acts||Ayreon, Symphony X, Threshold, After Forever, Edge of Sanity, Gorefest, ReVamp, Shadow Gallery, Nightwish|
Arjen Anthony Lucassen|
Joost van den Broek
The band released two albums in 2002 and in 2010, plus a live album in 2003, and features four different singers: Russell Allen (Symphony X), Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace), Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale), and Floor Jansen (After Forever, ReVamp, Nightwish).
Unlike Ayreon, albums do not follow one storyline; instead, each song is a different story with a sci-fi concept, most of the tracks based on existing movies and series. The band takes its name from the second season finale of Blake's 7. The band includes four singers alternating in all the songs, not including Lucassen, who sings occasionally, plays all guitars and keyboards and is writing and composing all the songs.
Origins and first album (2002-2003)
Star One was born out of the remnants of an abandoned collaboration between Lucassen and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Dickinson proposed the idea and the two exchanged ideas and put together four songs, Lucassen writing the music and Dickinson writing the lyrics. The project was abandoned however after Lucassen mentioned the project on the internet and Dickinson's manager called off negotiations. Instead of completely abandoning the material that had already been produced, Lucassen decided to put his own lyrics to the music and created Star One.
When asked on the "Ask Arjen Anything" channel of communication if there would be another Star One album, Lucassen simply stated "Probably". However, he later declared:
"Space Metal was really magic. I am afraid that I will fail to capture the same atmosphere and actually ruin it! I am actually against sequels; you cannot repeat the same atmosphere and feeling like you had with the first album."
Second album (2009-2010)
In an interview conducted by Ragnarok Radio in October 2009 Arjen stated Star One is "definitely not dead."
In October 2009 in another interview, with Lebmetal.com, Arjen said he was working on what might become another Star One album: "In the meantime I will be working on a new, heavier album. Possible a new Star One album, but then again things never work out the way I plan them", and in a November 2009 interview with Lagrossradio.com, Arjen stated that he was definitely working on a new Star One album and that he had already written and recorded a song.
In March 2010, a "demo listening party" was held where several members of the arjenlucassen.com messageboard were allowed to listen to the first (only instrumental) demos for the new Star One album. In August of the same year, Arjen revealed the title of this second album, Victims of the Modern Age, and announced that it was ready. The album was released in October 2010.
In a Q&A in August 2018, Lucassen stated that returning to Star One was "always an option, it's the same as with all my other projects. [...] For Star One, I have to be in a certain mood, because it's based on guitar riffs." He confirmed that his next project would not be a Star One album, as his latest work, the Ayreon album The Source, was already heavy-oriented, and stated that if a new Star One album came to be, it would probably be with different singers.
The music of Star One is heavier than that of Lucassen's progressive rock/metal opera project Ayreon, drawing influences from 1970s space rock and blending them with modern progressive metal. Lucassen explained that the songwriting was different in that Star One songs are built on guitar riffs whereas Ayreon songs stem primarily off chord arrangements. However, similarities still exist mainly in the song arrangements, the multi-layered vocals, and the use of synthesizers and Hammond organs as part of the main instrumentation.
Former live members
The band toured in 2003 only. The only members of the studio line-up who weren't presents were Dan Swanö and Gary Wehrkamp.
- Live on Earth (2003)
- "Ragnarök Radio Interview Part Two". Retrieved 2008-05-09.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
- "Ragnarök Radio Interview with Arjen Lucassen and Lori Linstruth". Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- "Interview with Arjen Lucassen Ayeron".
- "[INTERVIEW] Arjen Lucassen, créateur de Guilt Machine". Retrieved 2010-01-16.
- "Star One Demo listening party @ ArjenLucassen.com Messageboard". Retrieved 2010-03-18.
- "Arjen Lucassen reveals new Star One album title and cover @ Arjen Lucassen official Youtube channel". Retrieved 2010-08-08.
- "Arjen is live now to answer your questions [timemark: 11:40]". Ayreon's Facebook. August 29, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.