11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2004
If you are familar with Ayreon and you like it, you can't pass up the opportunity to own this album. Whilst not a good as the genius of 'Into the Electric Castle' this is quality release from Arjen. Familiar Ayreon trademarks abound, numerous singers, excellent musical arrangements and a spacey-fantasy type feel. If you don't mind music that's a bit abstract in its story, go for this. Personally I don't read much into lyrics; I focus on the music, and for prog fans this is a real treat.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2011
You could say this a typical Ayreon release but I must say that as a fan of everything from the Electric Castle onwards I was a bit disappointed. The usual variation of singers, musicians is there and a concept that fits with the idea's Arjen has used on other CD's but, although I can't quite put my finger on it, this just doesn't hit the spot. As an example I would give all the Ayreon albums after this 5 stars. Don't get me wrong if you like the music of Lucassen there will be parts of this CD that will have you thoroughly enjoying yourself, I just don't feel that it stands up against the quality of the other CD's he has released.