Fireworks

CD Reviews

Arjen Lucassen’s Guilt Machine - ‘On This Perfect Day’ http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/48/37/2e/101_ArjenLucGuiltMachine_1266423082.jpg Hot

Added by James Gaden     February 17, 2010    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
7600   0   1   0   0   0

New album from the driving force behind the Star One, Ambeon and Ayreon projects.

 

Arjen Lucassen has been playing rock music for many years now, from his early days with Bodine and Vengence, through to his more well-known Star One, Ambeon and Ayreon projects. His work has never lacked quality, but each release has been decidedly different from the last. With this new album ‘On This Perfect Day’ he continues to change and evolve as a writer and musician. What is slightly different about Guilt Machine is that Arjen only wrote the music this time, leaving the lyrics and lead guitar work to Miss Lori Linstruth (ex-Stream Of Passion), who does an excellent job with both. Also, instead of having loads of guest vocalists, Arjen has gone with just one voice, but as usual he hasn’t gone with someone you would expect him to. On lead vocals he has used the talents of a young guy called Jasper Steverlinck, who plays with alternative rock band Arid, and I have to say Mr. Lucassen has done it once again, picking a relative unknown whose voice suits the music on this album perfectly.

The six songs that can be found on ‘OTPD’ are on average ten minutes long and deal with such thought provoking subjects as human nature, guilt, loss, death, regret and life. Mixed within’ the songs are spoken messages from fans, who were asked to phone in and talk about how these subjects affected them, and this little touch makes the album and it’s songs feel even more personal. I would give you a little bit of a warning though - please don’t expect this to be a new Ayreon CD, because it’s not. The album has a darker and much colder outlook than most of the music that Arjen Lucassen has released in the recent past. The subject matter of the songs and it’s moody, oppressive nature does not make this CD an easy listen in any way.

When given the time it needs, ‘On This Perfect Day’ for me is a standout moment in the career of Arjen Lucassen, it’s dark attraction and strange beautiful harmonies will be for some an acquired taste, though for me it’s without a doubt one of the best things that Arjen Lucassen has been involved with. If you have a love for the darker side of progressive rock, then like me I think you will fall for this album in a big way. So give it the time it needs to work it’s spell on you because after a dozen plays and more I’m still finding new and interesting things to listen to on this album.

(NB: There are three different versions of this album, the normal jewel case, a digipack with bonus DVD, and a special edition digi-book with extra artwork and the DVD. The choice is yours).

Ian Johnson

 

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  September 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 3 hours ago
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site