Victims of the Modern Age

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Victims of the Modern Age
Star One - Victims of the Modern Age album cover.jpg
Studio album by Star One
Released 25 October 2010 (USA)
1 November 2010 (Europe)[1]
Recorded March - August 2010, Electric Castle Studios. Drums recorded at Sandlane Recording Facilities
Genre
Length 53:09
Label InsideOut
Producer Arjen Anthony Lucassen
Star One chronology
Live on Earth
(2003)
Victims of the Modern Age
(2010)
Arjen Anthony Lucassen chronology
On This Perfect Day
(2009)
Victims of the Modern Age
(2010)
Lost in the New Real
(2012)

Victims of the Modern Age is the second studio album by Arjen Anthony Lucassen's progressive metal project/supergroup Star One, released on the recording label Inside Out in 2010. The album continues the style introduced on Star One's previous studio album by mixing progressive metal and space rock.

Like on their previous album, the themes of the album's songs are based on science fiction movies or TV series, however it is focused on dystopian or post-apocalyptic movies. The title of the album is a quote from Kubrick's film A Clockwork Orange.[2]

The album was released in two editions: a regular, and a special edition with 2 CDs. It was also the first time Lucassen released a second studio album with one of his side-projects.

The cover art depicts the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, with the people on top not to scale.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[4]
Blabbermouth.net 8.5/10 stars[5]
Blistering 8/10 stars[6]
Dangerdog Music Reviews 5/5 stars[7]

Victims of the Modern Age has received critical acclaim, with many critics praising Lucassen's composition abilities and the voices of the four singers: Craig Hartranft of DangerDog.com stated that "Lucassen and his talented crew have created a terrific and entertaining work, excelling beyond their past achievements" and "strongly recommended" the album, giving it the maximum rating.[7] It was later chosen as one of the fifteen Albums of the Year by Dangerdog with the words "Arjen Anthony Lucassen is a bloody genius. He's a classical Baroque composer reborn in our time to write timeless music".[8] Metal Storm gave the album a very good review, with the reviewer stating "In the end all I have to say is that I for one like this album, been a while since I was this happy with the end result." It also praised the singers who were "all brilliant and so different from each other".[9] Blistering.com also gave a positive review of the album with a rating of 8/10, stating "As cliché as this sounds, Victims of the Modern Age is nothing like you’ll hear all year, the wry combination of the right tones and voices, with a batch of songs that are quite refreshing in today’s climate".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Arjen Anthony Lucassen except "Closer to the Stars" by Lucassen and Tony Martin; all music composed by Lucassen.

CD 1
No. Title Length
1. "Down the Rabbit Hole" 1:20
2. "Digital Rain" 6:23
3. "Earth That Was" 6:08
4. "Victim of the Modern Age" 6:27
5. "Human See, Human Do" 5:14
6. "24 Hours" 7:20
7. "Cassandra Complex" 5:24
8. "It's Alive, She's Alive, We're Alive" 5:07
9. "It All Ends Here"
  • A. "I Think Therefore I Am"
  • B. "Four Years"
  • C. "It All Ends Here"
9:46
  • 4:21
  • 3:13
  • 2:12
Total length: 53:09
CD 2 (Special Edition only)
No. Title Vocals Length
1. "As the Crow Dies" Mike Andersson 4:42
2. "Two Plus Two Equals Five" Rodney Blaze, Dan Swanö 5:04
3. "Lastday" Arjen Anthony Lucassen 4:46
4. "Closer to the Stars" Tony Martin 5:11
5. "Knife Edge" (Emerson, Lake & Palmer cover) Damian Wilson, Lucassen, Floor Jansen, Sir Russell Allen 4:25
6. "The Making of Victims of the Modern Age" (Video)   35:00
Total length: 54:03

Album themes[edit]

The names of the album's songs are based on the following science-fiction films or television shows:

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arjen Lucassen reveals the Star One album release dates". Arjen Lucassen official website. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  2. ^ Serafine, Frank (23 October 2010). "Ayreon Mainman Arjen Lucassen On The New Star One Album, The Death Of Steve Lee, The Ayreon Universe, And More". Metal Underground.com. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  3. ^ Kubaschk, Peter (2 November 2010). "STAR ONE: Interview mit Arjen Lucassen" (in German). Power Metal.de. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  4. ^ Simms, Kelley. "Star One - 'Victims Of The Modern Age'". Heavy Metal. About.com. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  5. ^ Anisoglu, Scott (7 December 2010). "Star One - 'Victims Of The Modern Age'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  6. ^ a b Gehlke, David E. "Star One - Victims of the Modern Age". Blistering. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  7. ^ a b Hartranft, Craig (18 October 2010). "Star One: Victims of the Modern Age". Dangerdog.com. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Dangerdog's list of albums of the year". Dangerdog.com. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  9. ^ "Star One - Victims of the Modern Age". Metal Storm. 13 November 2010. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  10. ^ "LIMITED EDITION 2-CD MEDIABOOK INFO". Retrieved 2010-10-29. 

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