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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #175 on: March 28, 2012, 10:39:16 AM »
I prefer Victims of the Modern Age to Space Metal.

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #176 on: March 28, 2012, 11:15:49 AM »
I prefer Victims of the Modern Age to Space Metal.

Victims of the Modern Age was a HUGE disappointment.

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #177 on: March 28, 2012, 01:09:00 PM »
Fuck. I enjoyed that trailer a lot more than I thought I was going to. Seeing as Arjen is referring to himself as Mr. L, I'm assuming this means we're getting some backstory from the guy who was in The Truth is in Here. If so, YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #178 on: March 28, 2012, 02:16:51 PM »
I have the 3CD Timeline set, which sufficiently quenches my Ayreon appetite. For my money it is about as good as a “Best of…” collection can be. Haven’t had urge to buy anything else, so casual fan here. 

I am not as big a fan of THE as others, I almost think there are too many vocal parts going on. Same thing with ITEC. I am sure 01 has about the same number, but it doesn’t feel like it to me. That doesn’t mean Arjen doesn’t know how to handle various vocals. Indeed, he should produce the vocal tracks for every single rock/prog/metal album ever made from this day forward.


Unrelated, I stumbled upon something Ayreon related on youtube recently and learned something new: Arjen is one tall mother. I never knew that.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #179 on: March 30, 2012, 01:29:11 AM »
Believe me, I've met him. He's a tall mf! Also, very likeable and relaxed.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #180 on: March 30, 2012, 06:44:05 AM »
I prefer Victims of the Modern Age to Space Metal.

Victims of the Modern Age was a HUGE disappointment.

Both of you ... take it to the controversial opinions thread.  You both fail :youfail:

I'll second the comments by Nick and M.  ITEC is most like THE.  Star One albums are much heavier across the board if you like prog-metal.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #181 on: March 31, 2012, 09:02:57 AM »
I prefer Victims of the Modern Age to Space Metal.

Victims of the Modern Age was a HUGE disappointment.

This. In fact, I'm kind of over Arjen Lucassen's music. It's starting to feel a bit repetitive to me, his later albums coming off as pale copies of his original work. YMMV I'm sure.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #182 on: March 31, 2012, 09:06:45 AM »
I hear ya on the repetitive thing.  I liked Waking Dreams from the last album a lot, but every time I hear that section that Anneke sings (I am 99% sure that is her, going from memory), it sounds like a melody I've already heard in like 19 Ayreon songs.

So, yeah, I agree.  The Human Equation and 01011001 both have a handful of good songs, but both pale in comparison to The Dream Sequencer and Into the Electric Castle, which are the only two Ayreon albums someone needs, if you ask me.  Get those two albums and you have everything that is good about Ayreon.

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #183 on: April 01, 2012, 02:21:23 PM »
I can't stand early Ayreon - Anything pre THE is just.. awful.

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #184 on: April 01, 2012, 02:22:11 PM »
Get those two albums and you have everything that is good about Ayreon.

lolno.

Even if you think newer stuff is repetitive, you're still leaving out the first two albums which are awesome.

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #185 on: April 01, 2012, 08:14:25 PM »
My ranking would be

01011001
Flight of the Migrator
The Human Equation
Into the Electric Castle
Dream Sequencer

I don't have The Final Experiment or Actual Fantasy.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #186 on: April 01, 2012, 08:18:52 PM »
The Human Equation
The Electric Castle
Victims of the Modern Age
Space Metal
The Final Experiment
Embrace the Storm
Actual Fantasy
01011001
Universal Migrator
Dream Sequencer
On This Perfect Day

And the last album on that list I basically give an 8/10, hence why I love Arjen so damn much.

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #187 on: April 02, 2012, 06:27:10 AM »
I can really understand why The Human Equation gets so much appreciation because it´s such a solid album, but for me Universal Migrator part 1&2 are the albums that made me a fan of his music back in 2000. It´s also the one album i keep coming back too.
I still love the concept of those albums, still get shivers when i hear Russell´s voice and Michael`s solo on A Dawn of a Million Souls and i also still to this day wondering how Arjen got Bruce to sing his ass of on Into a Black Hole!  :metal
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #188 on: April 02, 2012, 06:51:17 AM »
Yeah. Star One was supposed to have Dickinson on it (iirc as the only singer) but Arjen revealed the project in an interview, and true to his name Bruce opted out.
It turned out for the better overall but I would have loved to hear more of that type of singing from him as this is the best performance in his life.

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #189 on: April 02, 2012, 03:10:40 PM »
Into the Electric Castle and The Human Equation are both fantastic albums. 01011001 isn't quite on that level, but it has a lot of good material, especially The Fifth Extinction.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #190 on: April 12, 2012, 10:13:09 AM »
Full Song Preview now available on YouTube

Reminds me a bit of The Universal Migrator

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #191 on: April 12, 2012, 10:18:45 AM »
Yeah, listening now, quite awesome in a way. At first listen it's better than Dream Sequencer though.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #192 on: April 12, 2012, 10:19:55 AM »
I've been through the song twice now and I am officially pumped to buy this album.  :hefdaddy

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #193 on: April 12, 2012, 10:36:55 AM »
Dear god. That song owned so hard. Officially way excited for the rest of the album. The end where everything got super heavy was pure  :metal and the ending was probably the most moving section of music Arjen has ever created.

Bring on the rest. :caffeine:
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #194 on: April 12, 2012, 11:12:04 AM »
Can't wait to get home from work to hear this...

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #195 on: April 12, 2012, 11:44:30 AM »
Can't.
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Listening.




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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #196 on: April 12, 2012, 12:33:51 PM »
Pretty cool song, but he's still on with the narration and whatnot, even as a solo artist. :facepalm:

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #197 on: April 12, 2012, 01:14:05 PM »
Right.  Love that stuff.   :hat

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #198 on: April 12, 2012, 01:18:36 PM »
Pretty cool song, but he's still on with the narration and whatnot, even as a solo artist. :facepalm:

Yeah, I too hate it when he's does stuff that's awesome. :p

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #199 on: April 12, 2012, 01:22:12 PM »
If I was prone to cuss, this post would be full of it

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #200 on: April 12, 2012, 01:41:30 PM »
I guess I'm just over AAH, because that song didn't really draw any sort of response from me.  I'd probably buy it if I got a really good price on it, but much like Victims of the Modern Age, all I really see is it just collecting dust in my collection after a week or two.
     

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #201 on: April 12, 2012, 02:56:23 PM »
Wow, really?  I loved Victims of the Modern Age

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« Reply #202 on: April 12, 2012, 03:08:39 PM »
Dying off shortly after purchase is my definition of "average album".  VotMA was exactly that for me.  I listened to it 12 times, the last one being in Dec. 2010.  The fact that I haven't even thought about playing it in over a year is pretty damning.  I remember it didn't make my top 10 of 2010 when 2011 started, so I'm not surprised it quickly escaped my memory.
     

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« Reply #203 on: April 12, 2012, 03:17:11 PM »
Mason likes to fail hard on occasion.

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« Reply #204 on: April 12, 2012, 03:21:05 PM »
I would argue that I made a judgement with my ears rather than my heart.

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« Reply #205 on: April 12, 2012, 03:48:01 PM »
Even a blind nut finds a squirrel every once in awhile.

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #206 on: April 12, 2012, 04:43:50 PM »
Mason likes to fail hard on occasion.

On this topic, I side with Nick.  That's a fail beyond fail, professor.  VOTMA continues to get mad props and lots of spins here.  Couple of so-so tracks, but the rest of it more than compensates.  My last.fm most played song list is almost exclusively VOTMA - that pretty much sums it up for me.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #207 on: April 12, 2012, 05:33:07 PM »
I prefer Victims over Space Metal myself.  Great, memorable songs, excellent album.

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« Reply #208 on: April 12, 2012, 05:54:02 PM »
Even a blind nut finds a squirrel every once in awhile.

This coming from someone who was getting beat so bad they quit
     

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #209 on: April 12, 2012, 05:55:28 PM »
Even a blind nut finds a squirrel every once in awhile.

This coming from someone who was getting beat so bad they quit

Except I didn't... I took a break because I had just started playing and you were a veteran. Now that things are on equal footing, ass kicking has commenced.

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