Ayreon - Part 2: Flight Of The Migrator
Transmission Records
Atmospheric & Prog (Metal)
9 songs (65'37)
Release year: 2000
Ayreon, Transmission Records
Reviewed by Claus
Album of the month

Part II,
"Flight Of The Migrator", is more or less a venture into metal territories - symphonic and speedy, powerful and bombastic. Featuring such great artists as Michael Romeo, Russell Allen, Gary Wehrkamp, Fabio Lione, Timo Kotipelto, Lana Lane, Ian Parry and Andi Deris among others ... no need to explain where these guys (and girl) all are from, as this should be common knowledge for someone into METAL. But what needs to be explained, and not just for you but for me as well..., is how mr.Lucassen is capable of pushing all of these musicians beyond their normal musical standards. I mean, listen to Bruce Dickinson on "Into The Black Hole", and you will immediately recognise the fact that he have never sung this good - this is better than ANYTHING he has ever done with Iron Maiden. The same goes with Symphony X-vocalist Russell Allen in "Dawn Of A Million Souls", Fabio Lione in "Through The Wormhole", and so on....you get my point?! Wow, this is fantastic. Again - the production is superb, the concept is great and the musical performances are outstanding. However, there is something missing here, and unfortunately I can't point out what it is. I guess it has something to do with mr.Lucassen's compositions being just a bit too radical or too orchestral to really function in a metal-connection. Please, don't misunderstand, I like this disc A LOT, but I prefer pt.I of the "Universal Migrator"-concept.

Lyrically, this is a grandiose concept of the last of the Mars colonists - the last of the survivors after the Earth has destroyed itself in a huge war. He longs for "home", the World he has never seen, and the only way he can get to experience it, is taking a cyber-trip back through time in a machine called the "Dream Sequencer", sort of like a virtual reality time machine. There is no need for going into details on what he experiences through these 140 minutes you'll be listening to the cds, but believe me, there is a lot of interesting stories to be found here. And ... it is by far the most saddening story you'll ever read in your life. Get your tissues ready, and prepare for a time of crying!

With these two fantastic albums, mr.Lucassen have united all my ultimate imaginations of how music, lyrics and production could melt into one higher existance... this is the Wet Dream #1 for any music lover.

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Claus quoted 95 / 100
Chris quoted 67 / 100
Other albums by Ayreon that we have reviewed:
Ayreon - The Source reviewed by Goat and quoted 85 / 100
Ayreon - The Theory of Everything reviewed by Joel and quoted 100 / 100
Ayreon - Into The Electric Castle: A Space Opera reviewed by Goat and quoted 84 / 100
Ayreon - 01011001 reviewed by Aleksie and quoted 91 / 100
Ayreon - The Human Equation reviewed by Marty and quoted 95 / 100
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