Less than two years after the release of Ayreon‘s “Transitus”, tireless Dutch musician Arjen Lucassen is back with new music. This time, the prog-metal/rock icon opted to revisit the Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s Star One project, which until now was held in hiatus. With “Revel in Time”, almost twelve years of drought under the Star One moniker are broken, and it does so with some variations in relation to its predecessors. For instance, the concept portrayed in the album is inspired by movies in which time is manipulated or the most relevant change, which instead of having the same four vocalists from the previous records (Floor Jansen, Russell Allen, Damian Wilson, and Dan Swano), Arjen chose to have different vocalists for each track.
The album is available for pre-order as Ltd. 2CD Digipak, Ltd. Deluxe 3CD+Blu-Ray Artbook (incl. a poster of the cover artwork), and as 180g Gatefold 2LP (incl. the album on CD & an LP-Booklet). CD 2 features alternate versions of the same songs as CD 1, but with different vocalists. Also available will be a 5.1 mix, a high-res audio version, and an exclusive, hour-long Behind the Scenes video, on the Blu-ray included in the Artbook.
In order to discover various aspects of the third installment of the Star One project, contributor Brian Masso had the chance to chat with Arjen Lucassen about “Revel in Time”, which will be out on February 18th 2022. In their conversation, they spoke about the change in the number of vocalists featured and Arjen‘s criteria for a vocalist or an instrumentalist to participate in one of his albums. They also talked about his appreciation of the participating musicians and those who have amazed him the most, as well as what it means for him to have the surprising number of up to 30 guest musicians for “Revel in Time”. In addition, they discussed how the songwriting and recording process went and if the invited musicians had any freedom while recording their parts. Finally, they centered on the album’s concept, his film selection process, and some movies on which tracks from “Revel in Time” were based, among other topics.
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