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Release date: 25 October 2010
Style: Progressive metal


8.4 | 242 votes


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Disc I
01. Down The Rabbit Hole
02. Digital Rain
03. Earth That Was
04. Victim Of The Modern Age
05. Human See, Human Do
06. 24 Hours
07. Cassandra Complex
08. It's Alive, She's Alive, We're Alive
09. It All Ends Here

Disc II [Limited Edition bonus]
01. As The Crow Dies
02. Two Plus Two Equals Five
03. Lastday
04. Closer To The Stars
05. Knife Edge [Emerson, Lake And Palmer cover]
+ The Making Of "Victims Of The Modern Age" [video]

Lyrics (13)

Russell Allen - vocals
Floor Jansen - vocals
Damian Wilson - vocals
Dan Swanö - vocals
Arjen Anthony Lucassen - guitars, hammond, mellotron, analog synths, solina strings
Ed Warby - drums
Peter Vink - bass
Gary Wehrkamp - guitar solos
Joost van den Broek - keyboard solos

Additional info
Release Dates: USA: 25 October, Germany/Austria/Switzerland: 29 October, Europe: 1 November

Staff review by

It has been a while since the last time a Lucassen tune was stuck in my head properly. It really has been a long time. No, it was not Guilt Machine album, and not the last Ayreon album, and not even the first Stream Of Passion, although that one had some really good moments. Last time it really clicked for me was Ayreon's The Human Equation. This time it seems to be different, whether for good or bad time will tell but the first two weeks have been filled with all positive emotions.

published 13.11.2010 | Comments (9)

Staff pick by
Baz Anderson

25.11.2010 Arjen is back with his band of merry men for the follow-up to 2002's Space Metal. Following that album wasn't an easy task, but now eight years on and we have yet another fantastic album with all the Arjen and Star One hallmarks.

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Wes - 15.08.2010 at 22:53  
Rating: 9 This sounds awesome!!!
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.08.2010 at 22:57  
  Talked to Ed Warby last Friday and he psyched as hell about his drumming on this album.
Not for me though.
ponderer - 26.09.2010 at 18:17  
  Very much looking forward to this one.
Ag Fox - 27.09.2010 at 02:52  
Rating: 9 I need a new star one after all the disappointments from recent Arjen stuff
Introspekrieg - 03.10.2010 at 00:51  
  I'm excited to hear that ELP cover
ponderer - 22.10.2010 at 17:24  
  Listening to it now, pretty epic.
Ag Fox - 22.10.2010 at 23:42  
Rating: 9 Pretty good indeed, but the debut seems better for me (so far). though saying that, I only gave it one spin, so time will tell
Malevolent-Jim - 25.10.2010 at 01:01  
Rating: 10 I thought it was really good..But the album felt a little short.
Asunder - 26.10.2010 at 01:42  
Rating: 7 Disappointment. So generic, lacking inspiration.
Baz Anderson - 26.10.2010 at 19:04  
  Some really great tracks on here.
!J.O.O.E.! - 26.10.2010 at 19:15  
Rating: 6 Because the cover art so is so damn epic and expansive I think I'll try this out.

Actually it reminds me of one of the pre-rendered backdrops right before the final boss on Legend of Dragoon.
Chris Steele - 27.10.2010 at 17:06  
Rating: 9 Omg... awesome prog
The Voyager - 28.10.2010 at 00:40  
Rating: 9 Anyone else shit themselves on the keyboard riff in Human See, Human Do? I know I damn near did.
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.10.2010 at 01:20  
Rating: 6 Nearly finished the first listen of it and enjoying it quite a lot actually.
Hughes - 28.10.2010 at 12:52  
Rating: 9 Human see , Human Do is a fucking awesome song NevermorePOS , i love it
R'Vannith - 28.10.2010 at 15:23  
Rating: 9 Love every track, 24 Hours is amazing!
Ag Fox - 01.11.2010 at 23:09  
Rating: 9
Written by Ag Fox on 22.10.2010 at 23:42

Pretty good indeed, but the debut seems better for me (so far). though saying that, I only gave it one spin, so time will tell
okay, I take back what I said earlier. I've just finished my second spin and I already know that this is a lot more consistent than Space Metal
Keitaro333 - 10.11.2010 at 12:55  
  Im not a huge fan of the first one (i am of Ayreon though) but i really like this album. Some pretty original sounding songs and ofc great singers.
silenius - 14.11.2010 at 13:21  
Hughes - 15.11.2010 at 14:48  
Rating: 9 I think Arjen never fails his fans nor the metal music scene the album is really really great
Jeeers - 16.11.2010 at 19:59  
Rating: 6 Mediocre and cheezzzy! But that doesn't surprise me because I don't like Ayreon either except some 5 really good songs. On the other hand Guilt Machine was a pleasant surprise for me....
Vikcen - 09.12.2010 at 01:31  
  The intro and Digital Rain really awesome, the rest of the album... .
JohnDoe - 09.12.2010 at 01:38  
Written by Jeeers on 16.11.2010 at 19:59

Mediocre and cheezzzy! But that doesn't surprise me because I don't like Ayreon either except some 5 really good songs. On the other hand Guilt Machine was a pleasant surprise for me....

I agree; I enjoyed Guilt Machine a lot. This one did not impress me at all; I didn't like the female vocalist at all, it sounded like she was trying too hard and Damian Wilson almost ruined it for me. Some guitar and keyboards parts were ok but don't save the album...
CrippledReverend - 28.12.2010 at 13:52  
Rating: 8 Musicianship: 9
Vocal: 9
Atmosphere: 7
Melody: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 9
CD Covers: 7

Best Songs:
02. Digital Rain
05. Human See, Human Do
Raven90 - 07.01.2011 at 02:20  
Rating: 9 The best album of 2010 for me. May even be better than Space Metal which I didn't think was possible.
Paradox0 - 07.01.2011 at 07:01  
Rating: 6 Just a bland boring album. I guess I really don;t care much for Arjen's more slower and steady guitar work. "Human See, Human Do" was the only song i really liked on this album, even if I felt it dragged on a bit beyond its staying power.
Susan - 08.01.2011 at 06:54  
Rating: 8 So glad to see this currently on the Top Albums of user votes. It really deserves it!
tea[m]ster - 03.03.2011 at 01:23  
Rating: 8 I'm digging this album more with each listen...
M C Vice - 16.10.2012 at 10:13  
Rating: 9 Why didn't Swano use his deep voice more on this?
Zaphod - 24.09.2013 at 20:06  
Rating: 6 I really really like the first song. I don't even know why because it's a total cheesefest. After that song it gets really boring. Never listened to the full album because I just don't ever get to the end

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