This album is a strong follow up to The Human Equation. Very well produced with vocalists and musicians giving the best of them. It has its good moments (I could even say it has his great moments... some of the songs here are unbelievable) and also its cheezy parts like its predecessor.
Awesome opener... a powerful first part (Age of Shadows) and an emotional second part (We Are Forever). Like on every song where they sing (they wrote their own parts), Jonas Renkse and Anneke Van Giersbergen are illuminating this record with their performance.
A quieter song... not the best on the record, but not the worst either.
Very heavy song... I like how Jorn Lande and Floor Jansen are often associated on this record - they have voices that perfectly fit for powerful duets.
Oh my... this is pure mental torture. The music and lyrics are so cheesy I wouldn't recommend this song to my worst enemy...
Wow.. back to the awesome songs. Heavy, with most of the vocalists singing here. One of the best on the album...
I don't know... each time there is a concept song on Ayreon's albums it's always sub par, both musically and lyrically.
This is a short classic hard rock/metal interlude.
Another paradoxal song. The music is simply beautiful, would have been a great instrumental song... but the lyrics are ridiculous.
So that's how the dinosaurs got extinct... interesting. Nice song by the way, giving the lead to the power metal vocalists again.
The second Anneke/Jonas duet of the album... very quiet (sure sounds like a mix of Katatonia and The Gathering with a spacey touch).
The classic folkish Ayreon tune... fun lyrics, enjoyable music. Nice relaxing song.
Same problem as on "Newborn Race"... an unispired song.
This is Hansi Kursch's song. A folkish tune that will appeal to Blind Guardian's fans...
Another relaxing song... not one of my favorites on the album but still decent.
Now the Grand Finale! Remember "Day Twelve: Trauma" on the previous album? This is the same type of song... but power x100. A complete apocalyptic song... and you have it all, melodic vocals, power vocals... even growls. Perfect for a finishing song.
A subpar concept album about an immortal and technological advanced alien race hooked on machines deciding to plant their DNA in a comet creating humans. To their disappointment, the humans got hooked on machines and myspace.
The music is carefully crafted, but for some reason, I find the music dull, unoriginal, monotonous, and overlong. There are tons of talented musicians and vocalist trying to save this album, to no avail.
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Poor songwriting in the vocal department.
Ayreon woke up from his coma and wrote a surprisingly good song. Everything seems to work here and the motif during the instrumental part is fantastic.
Finger-lickin' good. Nah, not really
You are the future, you know what to .... do?
"Dear stranger, I wanna marry you, by the way, who are you, I'm in love though I don't even know how you look, so I'm gonna stalk around the net to know you. mmm, stranger, he doesn't email me, I'm depressed and I'm making even worse rhymes"
"stranger: well, at least I know her name and she's smoking hot, so I want to date you, well, the plane ticket is $1000 but I'm dying for a date!!"
"we communicated but still, who are you, I'm in love, where's your myspace?"
Flower King to the rescue! I really like the instrumental section here
The ultimate geek tune, so let's break the equation: E equals M C squared !!!!!!!!!!!! Wooooo, and the electric guitar performs nuclear fusion! Actually, this is a guilty pleasure of mine.
I like this!!