Victims of the Modern Age

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 the US on 25 October 2010 and in Europe on 1 November 2010.[1] The album continues the style introduced on Star One's previous studio album by mixing progressive metal and space rock.

Victims of the Modern Age
Star One - Victims of the Modern Age album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 October 2010
RecordedMarch - August 2010, Electric Castle Studios. Drums recorded at Sandlane Recording Facilities
Genre
Length53:09
LabelInsideOut
ProducerArjen Anthony Lucassen
Star One chronology
Live on Earth
(2003)
Victims of the Modern Age
(2010)
Revel in Time
(2022)
Arjen Anthony Lucassen chronology
On This Perfect Day
(2009)
Victims of the Modern Age
(2010)
Lost in the New Real
(2012)

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]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com     [4]
Blabbermouth.net          [5]
Blistering          [6]
Dangerdog Music Reviews     [7]
Angry Metal Guy4.0/5.0[1]

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 listingEdit

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

CD 1
No.TitleLength
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.TitleVocalsLength
    1."As the Crow Dies"Mike Andersson4:42
    2."Two Plus Two Equals Five"Rodney Blaze, Dan Swanö5:04
    3."Lastday"Arjen Anthony Lucassen4:46
    4."Closer to the Stars"Tony Martin5:11
    5."Knife Edge" (Emerson, Lake & Palmer cover)Damian Wilson, Lucassen, Floor Jansen, Sir Russell Allen4:25
    6."The Making of Victims of the Modern Age" (Video) 35:00
    Total length:54:03

    Album themesEdit

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

    PersonnelEdit

    ChartsEdit

    2010 chart performance for Victims of the Modern Age
    Chart (2010) Peak
    position
    Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 21
    German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 61
    2022 chart performance for Victims of the Modern Age
    Chart (2022) Peak
    position
    Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 179

    ReferencesEdit

    1. ^ a b Druhm, Steel (14 October 2010). "Star One – Victims of the Modern Age Review". Angry Metal Guy. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
    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.
    11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Star One – Victims of the Modern Age" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
    12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Star One – Victims of the Modern Age" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
    13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Star One – Victims of the Modern Age" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2022.

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