This is the best album I've ever heard from a "metal" act, that's
it. No more - no less!!! With "The Universal Migrator" the Dutch
multiinstrumentalist mr.Arjen Lucassen (ex-Vengeance) and his Ayreon
project, has made something that can not be topped in years, and
something that I can't recall ever having been done before. A double
album (actually two single albums...) including a list of top-names
within the metal and progressive rock scene that exceeds all my
expectations of what is possible to unite, and with a sound and
originality that simply transcends this World and beyond.
"The Dream Sequencer" is my personal fave of the two, and honestly
is my favorite "metal" cd of all time, (yeah, I know it's BIG WORDS,
but that's the truth), as it is a wonderful journey through gothic,
progressive and symphonic orchestrated rock/metal songs, that all
are so damn ear-catching, that it's beyond belief. From the Pink
Floyd-inspired "My House On Mars" (w.Tiamat-vocalist Johan Edlund),
through the poppish "Temple Of the Cat" (w.17 yr old Jacqueline
Govaert on vocals) to the fantastic Beatles'esque "The First Man
On Earth" (w. Spock's Beard singer Neal Morse), this is so awesome
that words can not describe it. My personal faves are the "Beatles
meets Pink Floyd"-inspired "The Shooting Company Of Captain Frans
B. Cocq" with John Lennon-soundalike Mouse on vocals, and the brilliant
"One Small Step" with Edward Reekers on vocals. "One Small Step"
immediately takes the number one spot on my list of all-time favorite
songs, metal or not! Well, this cd includes a host of other brilliant
vocalist and instrumentalists, a.o. Erik Norlander, Damian Wilson,
Clive Nolan and Lana Lane, and it is so fantastic how all of these
comes together as one united band. The production is superb, and
I can't find one single place to put my critical finger down and
say that "this isn't good" or "this could have been done better".
I just LOVE this cd.