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Composer and multi-instrumentalist ARJEN LUCASSEN has firmly established himself worldwide as driving force in progressive rock. While best known for his rock opera project AYREON, the multi-talented Dutchman also regularly embarks on musical side projects, which explore different aspects of Lucassen’s musical personality. As his previous project (GUILT MACHINE’s “On This Perfect Day” 2009) was a relatively relaxed and subtle affair, LUCASSEN’s muses responded by urging him to record something loud, heavy and anything but subtle for this new release. Thus it was a perfect opportunity to launch his musical spacecraft towards the galaxy of bombastic sci-fi rock by revisiting his STAR ONE project.
The result is the album “Victims of the Modern Age,” the follow-up to the STAR ONE debut album, “Space Metal” (2002). Compared to “Space Metal,” the overall sound of “Victims Of The Modern Age” is darker, heavier, more guitar-oriented, and slightly less “spacey”. ARJENhas also raised the bar significantly when it comes to the album’s sound: “I think it’s my best sounding album to date; it’s a huge difference compared to the first STAR ONE. For the guitars I spent weeks experimenting with different amps and settings in every combination imaginable — and it was worth it. The drums sound fantastic, and the vocalists all outdid themselves, putting in even stronger performances than they did the first time around.”
“Victims Of The Modern Age” will be released on InsideOut Music in North America on October 26th . With its stellar musicianship, strong melodies, meticulous production and compelling concept, STAR ONE “Victims of the Modern Age” is yet another exciting project from one of rock’s great visionaries. Please check ARJEN’S VIDEO MESSAGE presenting cast of lead vocalists and the concept of “Victims Of The Modern Age” featuring
Russell Allen (Symphony X)
Damian Wilson (Headspace, Threshold)
Floor Jansen (ReVamp, ex-After Forever)
Dan Swanö (Nightingale, Second Sky, ex-Edge Of Sanity)
For a first snippet of the album and the cover artwork please check out the ARJEN’S trailer on
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By now, we all know about the past year Aerosmith has had. They were all set to do a huge tour and supposedly finish recording an album of brand new material. Then they went on hiatus. Then Steven Tyler got messed up with the drugs again. He went to rehab after that and Joe Perry claimed that Aerosmith was looking for a new lead singer (like there could even be an Aerosmith without Tyler). There were even rumors that Billy Idol was going to be Tyler’s replacement. Things looked very bleak for the bad boys from Boston and fans feared that the worst was here, Aerosmith was done.
Then, magically, the band kissed and made up. Steven showed up at a Joe Perry concert to announce that he wasn’t leaving the band and a couple of weeks later, the band had sketched out a full “comeback” tour. What I want to know is how real is this comeback?
Currently out on their “Cocked, Locked, and Ready To Rock” Tour, how much is Aerosmith doing this for the fans versus doing it for the money? The reviews of the first handful of concerts have been positive, and that’s a testament to Aerosmith’s professionalism and years of road experience. I’m sure that if you see them on stage this summer/fall, they are going to put on one hell of a show. But is their heart really in it anymore?
With Steven Tyler recently announcing how he wants to be a judge on American Idol and with an unfinished album left rotting in a studio somewhere, could this be the swan song for Aerosmith? How well are the band members really getting along? It appears that they may just be going through the motions in order to fulfill contractual obligations.
Back in the day, Aerosmith changed their setlist every single night so that each concert was a unique experience. On this tour, the band is playing almost identical sets every night. It’s like they stole a page out of the Kiss playbook! What happened to the Aerosmith that could change it up on a dime? With their vast catalog, this band should be playing a whole slew of different tunes nightly.
Setlists aside, how well is the band really getting along. The reviews that I’ve read for their current tour haven’t mentioned anything about how the band interacts on stage. Are Steven and Joe still palling around, or is every member of the band staying in their own space? Friendship, while not required to make an exceptional band, builds a tighter unit. If each member is their own island, then how much is the band really going to give?
The big question here is – could this be the end of Aerosmith? There are currently no plans to go back in the studio to release a new album. Their current tour ends on September 16th in Canada. Will we be seeing Aerosmith after that? Will they even be able to stand the sight of each other once this tour ends? My advice is if you’ve never seen this band live, you might want to catch them on this tour. There may never be another chance.
The kings of “red dirt metal,” Texas Hippie Coalition (THC) have announced a string of US tour dates in support of their latest release, Rollin’. The first single, “Pissed Off and Mad About It” is off to a stellar start at Metal radio, already cracking the Top 10 on CMJ’s Loud Rock Albums chart. The video premiered online yesterday on AOL and can be seen here:
Not only has the single been added at both commercial Active Rock stations and on Metal programs across the country, including Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Liquid Metal channel, and Music Choice Metal, but it has also been embraced by influential nationally-syndicated programs such as Full Metal Jackie and it will be highlighted on HardDrive the weekend of August 28th.
The band has just returned from some overseas festival performances, including the Bospop Festival in Amsterdam. To see some behind the scene footage of their travels, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN92RS_uy4g THC recently performed at the Rock N America Festival and sat with Eddie Trunk for an interview and an update on the band. To see Eddie talk to them about their music’s “swagger… groove… and nastiness” click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN90O_PKWvs&feature=related
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8/21 Wichita Falls, TX The Boneyard
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8/24 Cincinnati, OH Play By Play
8/25 Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Café
8/26 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
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8/29 Springfield, IL The Field House
8/31 Sauget, MO Pops
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9/7 Santa Clara, CA Avalon
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