Rating:
9.8
Ayreon - The Universal Migrator Part I: The Dream Sequencer
20 June 2000


01. The Dream Sequencer [Feat. Lana Lane]
02. My House On Mars [Feat. Johan Edlund & Floor Jansen]
03. 2084 [Feat. Lana Lane]
04. One Small Step [Feat. Edward Reekers & Lana Lane]
05. The Shooting Company Of Captain Frans B. Cocq [Feat. Mouse & Lana Lane]
06. Dragon On The Sea [Feat. Lana Lane]
07. Temple Of The Cat [Feat. Jacqueline Govaert]
08. Carried By The Wind [Arjen Anthony Lucassen]
09. And The Druids Turn To Stone [Feat. Damian Wilson]
10. The First Man On Earth [Feat. Neal Morse & Mark McCrite]
11. The Dream Sequencer Reprise


First of all I will have to warn you about two things:
1. This album is not much of a metal album. When Arjen (the composer) wrote this double album about the universal migrator, he splitted it into two parts - one of which is almost only metal and one which is not metal at all. So don't expect furious riffs and thundering drums.
2. It is a concept album and also another part in the Ayreon story. So if you want to truly understand the lyrics (which is preferable) you better buy the other albums aswell, or if you aren't way to wealthy - read about the story on http://www.ayreon.com

I will now try to describe what the album sounds like. First of all - it is very Ayreon. The only other band I can think of comparing it to is Pink Floyd, but it feels much more serious and of course more modern. The album more or less sounds like if you take all the folk and non-metal parts of previous Ayreon albums and attach them to songs, with more synthezisers added. But it's really hard to compare it, which also makes this album one of my absolute favourites amongst non-metal albums. It is very cozy and perfect to listen to at night. Most songs are long and feel very epic, an exception is Temple of the Cat which was released as a single.

All the singers on the album are great - the album was planned to be sung by only women since Arjen wanted it to be as cozy, laid-back, and amtospheric as possible but he wanted a new singer for each song and couldn't find enouch. So we have: Lana Lane, queen of symphonic rock; Johan Edlund from Tiamat; Damian Wilson from Threshold; Floor Jansen from After Forever; Arjen himself; and a lot of (for me) unknown talents from the progressive world such as Edward Reekers and Neal Morse (from Spock's Beard). It is really nice with some half-unknown singers because you can focus more on the music and avoid thoughts like "oh, I recognise this one!" (and then you listen only to the singer...). Arjen himself also does a enormously great work of course, as songwriter, singer and player of most instruments. Lyrics are simplistic but great and fit perfectly. Also the cover artwork is one of the best I've seen.

I really have to rate this album high, because since I started to listen really close to progressive music about a year ago (with this album) I haven't heard anything better which doesn't feature metal. I'm still a metalhead of course, but I haven't got tired of this yet and if I wanted I could listen to it every night before I go to bed. I really recommend it to fans of Ayreon and to anyone who want a masterpiece of progressive and atmospheric, cozy music.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 10
Production: 9


Band profile: Ayreon
Album: The Universal Migrator Part I: The Dream Sequencer


 


written by Spyroid | 16.07.2006


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Spyroid - 01.02.2008 at 15:11  
This review totally overrates this album....
Duy Hung - 01.02.2008 at 15:33  
Written by Spyroid on 01.02.2008 at 15:11

This review totally overrates this album....


Haha agree , however it's still a very good album, very Proggy i'd say
Spyroid - 01.02.2008 at 16:23  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2008 at 15:33

Written by Spyroid on 01.02.2008 at 15:11

This review totally overrates this album....


Haha agree , however it's still a very good album, very Proggy i'd say


When I wrote it I hadn't almost discovered prog at all It's good, but not 9,8 ^^
Powerslavex - 27.11.2008 at 16:20  
9 is way to much a 7.5 would be fair i love (One Small Step) great song
Paradox0 - 17.01.2009 at 14:09  
I have to agree. Its not a bad album but just a little too mellow for my tastes. 7/10
Uirapuru - 30.10.2009 at 04:31  
It was good that there are not many woman singing in this album. Her voices always make me sleepy in the Ayreon albuns..

This album seems average to me. Another time, more boring than exciting parts. I specially liked the last tracks ''And The Druids Turns To Stone'' and ''The First Man On Earth''.

The review kinda overrates it, but make sense considering the reviewer's opinion.
Spyroid - 11.11.2009 at 22:28  
Written by Uirapuru on 30.10.2009 at 04:31

It was good that there are not many woman singing in this album. Her voices always make me sleepy in the Ayreon albuns..

This album seems average to me. Another time, more boring than exciting parts. I specially liked the last tracks ''And The Druids Turns To Stone'' and ''The First Man On Earth''.

The review kinda overrates it, but make sense considering the reviewer's opinion.


Well, this was written 2006 when I listened to 90 % metal, which could explain the high rating in originality, and on the whole album... it'd probably give it a bit lower today, even though I think it's in Arjens top 3.
Kuroboshi - 27.11.2010 at 04:03  
Yeah, "And the Druids Turns to Stone" was nice, but allover it was just a boring album I felt.. And the lyrics are just hilarious. How can one keep himself from bursting into laughter?
Unna Med - 12.07.2012 at 14:54  
Didn't like the whole album, but nevertheless it is one of the best prog-rock albums.
Personally, I loved "The Last Man On Earth" and the gloomy "My House On Mars".
As for me: 9(8.5)\10
Wes - 18.12.2012 at 09:47  
Nice review! 9.8 is very high but it's a very special album. I'd have to agree, if not give it a 10 myself.
Every night before you go to bed, I totally know how that goes.. I've listened to this album before sleeping or while in bed many times too.
Many memories with this album.

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