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STAR ONE: Victims Of The Modern Age Instrumentalists Revealed

STAR ONE: 'Victims Of The Modern Age' Instrumentalists Revealed

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen has released a new video message in which he announces the instrumentalists that perform on "Victims Of The Modern Age", the new album from his STAR ONE project.

"Victims Of The Modern Age" instrumentalists:

* Ed Warby (AYREON, HAIL OF BULLETS, GOREFEST) - Drums
* Peter Vink - Bass
* Joost van den Broek (ex-AFTER FOREVER) - Keyboards Solos
* Gary Wehrkamp (SHADOW GALLERY) - Guitar solos
* Arjen Lucassen - All Other Instruments

The next update will feature the first guessing game. You will hear music from the album and you have to guess the name of the vocalist. Then post your answer at Arjen's message board and you will be informed if you have won a copy of the new STAR ONE album.

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.

"Victims Of The Modern Age" is 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". Arjen has 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," he says. "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 26. 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.

"Victims Of The Modern Age" guest singers:

* Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X)
* Damian Wilson (HEADSPACE, THRESHOLD)
* Floor Jansen (REVAMP, AFTER FOREVER)
* Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, SECOND SKY, EDGE OF SANITY)

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Victims of the Modern Age is the second studio album by Arjen Anthony Lucassens progressive metal project Star One, released in 2010.

Victims of the Modern Age has received critical acclaim, with many critics praising Lucassens composition abilities and the voices of the four singers. Craig Hartranft of DangerDog.com stated 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. 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. Hes a classical Baroque composer reborn in our time to write timeless music.

CD1:
01. Down the Rabbit Hole
02. Digital Rain
03. Earth That Was
04. Victim of the Modern Age
05. Human See, Human Do
06. 24 Hours
07. Cassandra Complex
08. Its Alive, Shes Alive, Were Alive
09. It All Ends Here

CD2 (bonus disc):
01. As the Crow Dies
02. Two Plus Two Equals Five
03. Lastday
04. Closer to the Stars
05. Knife Edge

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Star One
Victims of the Modern Age

Tracks
Disc 1:
1. Down the Rabbit Hole
2. Digital Rain
3. Earth That Was
4. Victim of the Modern Age
5. Human See, Human Do
6. 24 Hours
7. Cassandra Complex
8. It's Alive, She's Alive, We're Alive
9. It All Ends Here
Disc 2:
1. As the Crow Dies
2. Two Plus Two Equals Five
3. Lastday
4. Closer to the Stars
5. Knife Edge


Band :
Instrumentalists:
Arjen Anthony Lucassen – guitars, hammond, mellotron, analog synths, solina strings, vocals
Ed Warby – drums
Peter Vink – bass guitar
Joost van den Broek – keyboard solos
Gary Wehrkamp – guitar solos
Vocals:
Sir Russell Allen
Damian Wilson
Dan Swanö
Floor Jansen


Diskography :
Space Metal (2002)
Live On Earth (2003)


Guests:
Tony Martin – vocals
Mike Andersson – vocals
Rodney Blaze – vocals


Info:
Arjen Anthony Lucassen - Production

Ever since 2003 I have been waiting for a new release by Star One, with 2003 being the year of the latest release by Star One, the amazing live album called simply Live on Earth. Since that was released I have spoken to Arjen and at that time he did not no weather or not a new Star One album was to be released even though he hinted towards it, slightly. But that was long ago, now this new album, a wish come true you could say, is finally here for me to listen to and review. Listened to it I have, more than 30 times to be exact, actually it is closer to 40 times really.

The album I have has 9 songs on disc one and that reaches 53 minutes and then there are five more tracks and a video on the second disc and another 20 minutes or so of music, which adds up to over 70 minutes which usually is a tad much but this is Star One, not anything else.

Musically it is like Arjen has taken his projekt Ayreon and put it on Steroids so it grows heavier, faster, more powerful and simpler much like a steroid user in the human world really. For you who has not heard Ayreon it is quite hard to explain but it encompass more or less everything you can imagine musically and especially complexity and atmosphere. Star One is also a little of this but more based in the heavier metal genre, a bit in the power metal perhaps but with focus on melodies and with more complex passages and the such. Another thing setting Star One apart from other more standard metal bands is the fact that the band use four singers which are the same ones as it is one the first album from 2002. I think that the best way of describing this album musically is: spacious, futuristic heavy metal with a sound that has returned from a world in another time, a future time.

For those of you who have already been checking out the ratings there is no doubt there what I think about this album. I think that perfection is a good word for it and I think it is hard to make a better album than this and had it not been for the amazing and magnificent Pins and Needles by The Birthday Massacre it would have been easy to appoint this album the best of 2010. In fact, had it been from any other of the year of the Hallowed webzine it would have been the best of that year and the same would probably have been true of 2011 as well. If it is better than the prior Star One albums you ask? Possibly I reply but I am in no way certain of that thing, no way at all as those albums are amazing with Live on Earth being one of my all time favourite albums and the Studio album that was before it is not much worse just the fact that the live album was spiced up with Ayreon song makes it a tad better. Even if it isn’t better than those it is a fantastic album and for me there is no doubt that this album is one of the two best in 2010 if it is the best I will have to leave unanswered for now, the race is just too close to call at this time, maybe I can decide in 2012 just before the world ends.

This album starts with a short instrumental track that is called Down the Rabbit Hole which builds up tension for the album and within second of this track you can almost not wait for the first track to start and for you to have been immersed in the entirety of this album, it is that interesting already from the start. This first track then leaves over to Digital Rain which is the first proper track and it is an amazing, fantastic and whatever other superlative you wish to use track. The same can then be said for all the tracks that follow, I will not take out a favourite track, in fact I wrote all as favourite tracks in my Swedish review but I don’t have the energy to do it once more but all the tracks are my favourites. A good thing you can always do when you listen to this album early on is trying to figure out which movies the tracks feature, the title track was easy being a quote from the movie A Clockwork Orange, Human See, Human Do is another easy track, you will have to listen to the album as to why. Some others were more difficult but it is a fun challenge, the same was for Space Metal when it arrived in 2002.

Another thing that strikes me is the time, I usually complain about long albums but in the case of this one it is no problem at all, you kind of forget both space and time when you listen to this album. This makes the album a good way to ignore annoying people as it is making you forget everything but what you are listening to, this is really one of those great albums to listen to. You can listen to it and just sit around and still feel like your doing something useful, it is that good.

I would say that whoever doesn’t buy this album and still calls him- or herself a music lover is an idiot!

Star One - Victims Of The Modern Age - Metal Storm

20:13 - 3rdWorld
Nice to know @LOG. So actually everyone got it wrong, haha.

19:22 - Karlabos
I know, it's just that everybody was guessing a random different country so I thought I might as well join.

18:46 - 3rdWorld
4 different albums each spun twice = 8 records in total.

18:39 - Fearmeister
So was that 2, 3 or 4 albums?

18:38 - Bad English
why the hack my name came out? anway see ya sruckers, night work duty calls

18:28 - 3rdWorld
Listened to both the Krypts albums and both Arizmenda albums from last year twice today. Hellfuckingyeah.

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Star One - Victims Of The Modern Age


25 October 2010

Disc I
01. Down The Rabbit Hole
02. Digital Rain
03. Earth That Was
04. Victim Of The Modern Age
05. Human See, Human Do
06. 24 Hours
07. Cassandra Complex
08. It's Alive, She's Alive, We're Alive
09. It All Ends Here

Disc II [Limited Edition bonus]
01. As The Crow Dies
02. Two Plus Two Equals Five
03. Lastday
04. Closer To The Stars
05. Knife Edge [Emerson, Lake And Palmer cover]
+ The Making Of "Victims Of The Modern Age" [video]

Additional info
Release Dates: USA: 25 October, Germany/Austria/Switzerland: 29 October, Europe: 1 November

It has been a while since the last time a Lucassen tune was stuck in my head properly. It really has been a long time. No, it was not Guilt Machine album, and not the last Ayreon album, and not even the first Stream Of Passion, although that one had some really good moments. Last time it really clicked for me was Ayreon's The Human Equation. This time it seems to be different, whether for good or bad time will tell but the first two weeks have been filled with all positive emotions.

published 13.11.2010 | Comments ( 9 )

Arjen is back with his band of merry men for the follow-up to 2002's Space Metal. Following that album wasn't an easy task, but now eight years on and we have yet another fantastic album with all the Arjen and Star One hallmarks.

STAR ONE LYRICS - Victims Of The Modern Age - (2010) album


[Dan Swanö:]
Something is not right here
is racking my mind
it's all around me, I feel it inside
like I'm locked in some prison
and my world is a lie
chills my emotion, blinding in my eyes

[Damian Wilson:]
Let go of your anger, empty your mind
return to your senses, accept what you find
you are here for a reason
cut through these lies
lives are in danger, open up your eyes!

[Russell Allen:]
Reach for the answer - digital rain
take your chances and taste the pain

[Russell Allen & Floor Jansen] :
open up your mind
don't trust your senses
you have been blind - digital rain

[Russell Allen:]
Awaken the sleeper - digital rain
dig down deeper and break the chain

[Russell Allen & Floor Jansen] :
let the truth flood in
tear down your fences
the search begins - digital rain

[Dan Swanö:]
I've entered the real world, I know what to do
the search is over, the prediction is true

[Damian Wilson:]
Many millions of people exploited like slaves
but you can release them
from their digital graves

[Damian Wilson:]
Let go of your anger
empty your mind
return to your senses
accept what you find
you are here for a reason

[Russell Allen:]
Open up your mind

[Damian Wilson:]
Cut through these lies

[Russell Allen:]
Don't trust your senses

[Damian Wilson:]
Lives are in danger

[Russell Allen:]
you have been blind

[Damian Wilson:]
Open up your eyes

[Russell Allen:]
digital rain

[Damian Wilson & Dan Swanö] :
I've entered the real world

[Russell Allen:]
awaken the sleeper

[Damian Wilson:]
I know what to do

[Russell Allen:]
digital rain

[Damian Wilson & Dan Swanö:]
the search is over

[Russell Allen:]
dig down deeper

[Damian Wilson & Dan Swanö:]
the prediction is true

[Russell Allen:]
and break the chain

[Damian Wilson & Dan Swanö:]
many millions of people

[Russell Allen & Floor Jansen] :
let the truth flood in

[Damian Wilson & Dan Swanö:]
exploited like slaves

[Russell Allen & Floor Jansen] :
tear down your fences

[Damian Wilson & Dan Swanö:]
can release them

[Russell Allen & Floor Jansen] :
the search begins

[Damian Wilson & Dan Swanö:]
from their digital graves

[Russell Allen:]
DIGITAL RAIN!


[Damian Wilson:]
Mother Earth couldn't take no more
sucked dry by humanity
in the end she lost a fight
she was never going to win

we set out for distant shores
far across our galaxy
we're taking flight into the night
to the planets on the rim

a fire in the darkness
far away from the Earth that Was
a quest for freedom in the "Verse
seeking refuge from the earth

a fire in the darkness
a bright light on the edge of space
a desperate need to find our place
in the emptiness of space

Out here on the fringe of space
the outskirts of society
we're suffering the aftermath
of a cataclysmic war

cast out by the human race
nine outlaw pioneers
making life in the outer worlds
running from the law

a fire in the darkness
far away from the Earth that Was
a quest for freedom in the "Verse
seeking refuge from the earth

a fire in the darkness
a bright light on the edge of space
a desperate need to find our place
in the emptiness of space

[Russell Allen:]
I see a fire in the darkness
a ray of hope in a black forbidding night
I see a fire in the darkness
a spark of life in a cold and empty sky

A fire in the darkness
far away from the Earth that Was
a quest for freedom in the "Verse
seeking refuge from the earth

A fire in the darkness
a bright light on the edge of space
a desperate need to find our place
in the emptiness of space

A fire in the darkness
far away from the Earth that Was
a quest for freedom in the "Verse
seeking refuge from the earth

A fire in the darkness
a bright light on the edge of space
a desperate need to find our place
in the emptiness of space


[Russell].
Prowling 'round the city slums, hungry for distraction
lashings of violence fire me up inside
A dose of nasty, some "social interaction'
cry out, have a laugh, never, ever holding back

[Russell] :
Ripping through the countryside, dying for some danger
the sound of symphonies sends shivers up my spine
beat up some loser, harass some random stranger
fly high, feel no pain, I'm singing singing in the rain

[Damian] :
You're just a child who's lost his way
[Dan] :
a wandering soul led astray
[Floor] :
but we all know what's right for you!
[Damian and Dan] :
You're just a child consumed by rage
[Dan] :
a victim of a modern age

[Damian] :
You're just a child who had no choice
[Dan] :
a mindless pawn without a voice
[Floor] :
but we all know what's right for you!
[Damian and Dan] :
a restless mind trapped in this cage
[Floor] :
a victim of a modern age

[Russell] :
I am not an evil man, I swear to you, my brothers
I've learned my lesson now, I have changed my ways
I was merely blinded by the treachery of others
hell yeah, now I am sure, I survived, I am cured!

[Damian].
You're just a child who's lost his way
[Dan] :
a wandering soul led astray
[Floor] :
but we all know what's right for you!
[Damian and Dan] :
You're just a child consumed by rage
[Dan] :
a victim of a modern age

[Damian] :
You're just a child who had no choice
[Dan] :
a mindless pawn without a voice
[Floor] :
but we all know what's right for you!
[Damian and Dan] :
a restless mind trapped in this cage
[Floor] :
a victim of a modern age

[Dan].
violence makes violence

[Damian].
You're just a child who's lost his way
[Dan] :
a wandering soul led astray
[Floor] :
but we all know what's right for you!
[Damian and Dan] :
You're just a child consumed by rage
[Dan] :
a victim of a modern age

[Damian].
You're just a child who had no choice
[Dan] :
a mindless pawn without a voice
[Floor] :
but we all know what's right for you!
[Damian and Dan] :
a restless mind trapped in this cage
[Floor] :
a victim of a modern age

[Russell].
I am not an evil man
I swear to you, my brothers
I'm still singing in the rain
and I'm singing in the rain


[Dan Swanö:]
Where do you come from, where is your tribe?
you should not be here, you can't be alive
a vicious killer, you'll never be tamed
you belong in this cage

[Damian Wilson:]
Why do you fear me, what have I done?
I mean no harm, never hurt anyone
I'm not a liar, what proof do you need?
how can I make you believe?

[Russell Allen:]
Drive him back, he must be the last
from beyond the zone
save our future, bury our past
it must never be known

[Floor Jansen:]
Beware the beast, there's danger in his eyes
I see the truth slipping through
beware the beast, don't believe his lies
human see, human do

[Dan Swanö:]
Your proof is empty, conjecture at best
you're not superior, we're not impressed
go find your fate, the lot of mankind
you won't like what you find

[Damian Wilson:]
Your scrolls are lying, man was here first
we are superior, just like on earth
you know the secret, why can't you share?
tell me why you're so scared!

[Russell Allen:]
Drive him back, he must be the last
from beyond the zone
save our future, bury our past
it must never be known

[Floor Jansen:]
Beware the beast, there's danger in his eyes
I see the truth slipping through
beware the beast, don't believe his lies
human see, human do

[Dan Swanö:]
See no evil
hear no evil
speak no evil
do no evil

[Russell Allen:]
Drive him back, he must be the last
from beyond the zone
save our future, bury our past
it must never be known

[Floor Jansen:]
Beware the beast, there's danger in his eyes
I see the truth slipping through
beware the beast, don't believe his lies
human see, human do


[Damian Wilson:]
A crime-ridden city
confined within these walls
a place without pity
a place of sin.

No rules apply here
among this desperate crowd
once you go in
you are never coming out

[Russell Allen:]
You've got 24 hours
to change the course of history
just 24 hours, your time is running out!

You've got 24 hours
to trace our man and set him free
our very last chance
our fate is in your hands!

[Damian Wilson:]
You're trapped on this island
your life ticking away
this hotbed of violence
could be your grave.

you're on your own here
no one to save your skin
you better give up
cos there is no way you can win

[Russell Allen:]
You've got 24 hours
to change the course of history
just 24 hours, your time is running out!

You've got 24 hours
to trace our man and set him free
our very last chance
our fate is in your hands!

[Dan Swanö:]
Too many died for an empty cause
too many died all in vain
too many died for your senseless laws
count me out, I will never be a part of this game

[Floor Jansen:]
Too many died for an empty cause
too many died all in vain
too many died for your senseless laws
count me out, I will never be a part of this game

[Damian Wilson:]
A crime-ridden city
confined within these walls
a place without pity
a place of sin.

No rules apply here
among this desperate crowd
once you go in
you are never coming out

[Russell Allen:]
You've got 24 hours
to change the course of history
just 24 hours, your time is running out!

You've got 24 hours
to trace our man and set him free
our very last chance
our fate is in your hands!

[Floor Jansen:]
Too many died for an empty cause
too many died all in vain
too many died for your senseless laws
count me out, I will never be a part of this game


[Russell Allen:]
You are a beautiful woman in a beautiful world
but your world is gonna die
I have seen the human race
drop dead in the blink of an eye

[Floor Jansen:]
You created this dream out of bits and pieces
filed away in your mind
you're caught inside a fantasy
but we'll find the truth inside

[Russell Allen:]
You gotta hear me out, though you wouldn't understand
I came back to the past
I have come to save our world
time's up, so we better move fast

[Floor Jansen:]
I want to help you deal with the rage you feel
it's still not too late
you created your own world
but it's starting to disintegrate!

[Damian Wilson:]
Cassandra complex, everlasting scream
we can change the future but we can't change the past
Cassandra complex, ever-changing dream
we can shape the present but we can't make it last

[Russell Allen:]
I think you may be right, I'm insane after all
this is all in my mind
I just want to stay here with you
leave the bad dream behind

[Floor Jansen:]
No, I remember you now, guess I've always known
yes, it was me in your dream
I won't accept that we cannot change
the dark future you have seen!

[Damian Wilson:]
Cassandra complex, everlasting scream
we can change the future but we can't change the past
Cassandra complex, ever-changing dream
we can shape the present but we can't make it last

[Dan Swanö:]
the planet is dying, pollution of sea and air
the people denying the death of the atmosphere
The planet is crying, the rape of ecology
the people relying on the rise of technology
and now they have to die!

[Damian Wilson:]
Cassandra complex, everlasting scream
we can change the future but we can't change the past
Cassandra complex, ever-changing dream
we can shape the present but we can't make it last


[Dan Swanö:]
Man is declining, man is dying out
generation of despair
man has no future, man is crying out
echoes in the empty air

[Russell Allen:]
Mother Nature's striking back, protecting her domain
the last generation fades away
[Floor Jansen:]
we're the generation of despair
[Damian Wilson:]
but we must not give up hope, for man can be revived
it's alive, she's alive, we're alive!

[Dan Swanö:]
Man surrenders, man is giving in
our world is breaking down
man has no tomorrow, man has died within
this is our final hour

[Russell Allen:]
Mother Nature's changing course, preserving her own home
the last generation's on its own
[Floor Jansen:]
we're the generation of despair
[Damian Wilson:]
but we can't give in to failure, man can still survive
it's alive, she's alive, we're alive!


[Dan Swanö:]
Lies - fictitious dreams - false illusions
[Russell Allen:]
living life with nothing to gain
[Dan Swanö:]
Eyes - synthetic tears - hollow visions
[Russell Allen:]
Moments lost, like tears in the rain
[Dan Swanö:]
Life - a vacuous truth - a simulation
[Russell Allen:]
Watching dreams break down an decay
[Dan Swanö:]
Survive - a desperate hope - strange desires
[Russell Allen:]
Can't give up, there must be a way

[Floor Jansen:]
I think therefore I am
am I more human than a man?
I think therefore I am
but will they ever understand?

[Dan Swanö:]
Pain - living in fear - no compassion
[Russell Allen:]
facing death with nothing to lose
[Dan Swanö:]
sustain - future-less world - cold deception
[Russell Allen:]
no way out, whatever we do
[Dan Swanö:]
why? - meaningless words - empty promises
[Russell Allen:]
is this real or this is a lie?
[Dan Swanö:]
deny - darkening skies - twisted emotions
[Russell Allen:]
will I dream, or will I just die?

[Damian Wilson:]
four years slipped by too fast
four years, without a past
and a future we'll never know
four years is all we had
four years, no second chance
there is nowhere left to go

[Dan Swanö:]
Four years slipped by too fast
four years, without a past
and a future we'll never know
four years is all we had
four years, no second chance
there is nowhere left to go

[Russell Allen:]
Living a life with nothing left to gain
moments are lost, like tears in the rain
watching my dreams break down and decay
I can't give up, there must be a way
facing death with nothing to lose
no way out, no matter what we try to do
is this real or this is a lie?
will I dream, or will I just die?

[Floor Jansen:]
I think therefore I am
am I more human than a man?
I think therefore I am
but will they ever understand?

[Damian Wilson:]
Four years, we were almost there
[Russell Allen:]
four years, no time to spare
[Floor Jansen:]
four years, beyond repair
[Damian & Russell:]
is it wrong? does anyone care?

[Damian Wilson:]
Four years of living in fear
[Russell Allen:]
four years, death is near
[Floor Jansen:]
four years disappeared
[Damian and Russell] :
can't believe i all ends here

[All] :
Four years, we were almost there
four years, no time to spare
four years, beyond repair
is it wrong? does anyone care?
four years of living in fear
four years, death is near
four years disappeared
can't believe i all ends here

[Mike Andersson:]
Time stopped that morning, the world started shaking
It struck without warning, a blinding flare of light
Now the sun is fading, the moon is but a shadow
The land is changing to a cold and barren waste

Try to remember her smile framed by sunlight
Never forget her, the gift she gave to us
Somehow I failed her, she could not face this future
I could not save her from this dark and desperate life

As the crow flies
As the child softly cries
The final trial of man

As the crow dies
As the ashes cloud the skies
Will it ever fly again?

I'm here to lead you on this road to your salvation
I'm here to shield you from the horrors of this world
You know I'm dying, I won't be there to guide you
Don't lose that fire glowing deep inside

[Rodney Blaze:]
You are deranged, you don't exist
Reality's all in your mind
Give it up, you'll never resist
You'll confess, then you die

We are the law, we control your pain
Telling you how to behave
We are the voice inside your brain
You're nothing but a lifeless slave

[Dan Swanö:]
Black is white and white is black
The fact's a lie and the lie's a fact
You are the dead and the dead are alive
Two plus two equals five

[Rodney Blaze:]
You are alone, you cannot hide
We see every move that you make
You are the last, your dreams have died
Even your past is a fake

We are the cure, we'll make you sane
And purge every sin from your life
Break you down, erase your name
Not even your shadow survives

Peace means war, rich means poor and perfect flawed
Less means more, five means four and hate adore
Love means law, true means false and break restore
Dusk means dawn, here means gone, unbend deform
Die means born, admire means scorn, to know ignore
Won means lost, calm means storm, forget recall
Stand means fall, run means crawl, attack withdraw
Weak means strong, right means wrong, diverge conform

[Arjen Lucassen]
No cold or hunger
No need to suffer
But you're just a number
In a human shell

Your every desire
And all you require
Still you grow tired
Of this earthly hell

A perfect balance in what seems a perfect home
A shadow looms over this crystal dome
The death of freedom is too high a price to pay
Enjoy your last day

You live for the moment (Carousel's a lie)
Your time is stolen (everybody dies)
The system is broken (now you realize)
There's no way out (dystopian utopia on Earth)

A perfect balance in what seems a perfect life
A shadow looms over this paradise
The death of freedom is too high a price to pay
Enjoy your last day

[Tony Martin:]
I was born with no future
Born to die without a chance
Well, I refuse to play the hand that life has dealt
I'm as good as anyone, maybe better than most

All they see is imperfections, not the strength I hold inside
I challenge all who reject the force of will
Cause If I'm not good enough, if I'm not real enough
Then I will lie!

I am a child of the stars
And you can't keep me here in a world I don't belong
I need to fly among the stars

We are all children of the stars
Don't feel I'm leaving, no, I feel I'm going home
I'm one step closer to the stars

They say I don't have a future
It wasn't mine from the start
I don't believe that man can live without fault
I'm as good as anyone, much better than them

I accept my imperfections, at least I have a perfect soul
I am the last to be born with free will
I've been luckier than most, not as lucky as some
But I will survive!

Oh, children of the stars, gotta fly, gotta fly
Feels like going home, I'm going home

If they take away my future, and deny me any chance
My imperfection is the demon here inside
I'm badder than anyone, more evil than them.


[Bonus Track]
[originally by Emerson, Lake and Palmer]

[Damian Wilson:]
Just a step cried the sad man
Take a look down at the madman
Hear the king's son
Silver wings fly beyond reason
From the plight of the seagull

[Damian Wilson and Arjen Lucassen:]
Come the spread claws of the eagle

[Damian Wilson:]
Only fear breaks the silence
As we all kneel pray for guidance

[Damian Wilson:]
Thread the rope cross the abyss
Take a look down at the madness
On the streets of the city
Only specters still have pity
Patient queues for the gallows

[Damian Wilson and Arjen Lucassen:]
Sing the praises of the hallowed

[Damian Wilson:]
Our machines feed the furnace
If they take us they will burn us

[Floor Jansen:]
Will you still know who you are
When you come to who you are?

[Russell Allen:]
When the flames have their season
Will you hold to your reason?
Loaded down with your talents
Can you still keep your balance?
Can you live on a knife-edge?

Thanks to reservasanjuan for sending these lyrics.
Thanks to marvinmo for sending tracks ## 10-13 lyrics.
Thanks to o.marian92 for sending track #14 lyrics.

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