Space Metal, Star One
Space Metal is the debut album by Arjen Lucassen progressive metal project, Star One released in 2002. While Ayreon is known for combining many different musical styles on one album, Star One highlights the heavy side of Arjen’s music, and the songs — while progressive — are still more straightforward and guitar-oriented.
Space Metal takes the listener on a journey through Arjen’s mind and memory in which they can relive the great science fiction space films that made such an impact on him. As Arjen puts it: “I based the songs on films that take place entirely in space. It’s really hard to write a song based on a film and then not use names or make the references to the original too clear. I really wanted to write about my impressions of the films and not just tell the same story over again.”
For Space Metal Arjen casted a line-up of singers with distinct voices. Dan Swanö (ex-Edge of Sanity, Nightingale) was recruited for the the low parts, Russell Allen (Symphony X) took care of the powerful, gritty parts, Damian Wilson (ex-Threshold) sang the high clear parts, and to top it off, Floor Jansen belted out the really high choruses. Robert Soeterboek (Ayreon) took care of the backing vocals with his huge smoky voice.