This, the second album from Arjen Lucassen's Star One, features basically the same musicians as last time around, including vocals from Russel Allen (Symphony X), Damian Wilson (Threshold), Dan Swano and Floor Jansen (ReVamp, ex-After Forever). This time the songs are inspired by "dystopian" science fiction movies, including the Matrix, Escape From New York, Children of Men and Planet of the Apes.
Victims of the Modern Age is probably the heaviest album Lucassen has done so far, and I really like the guitar sound he uses. The songs tend to be more straightforward metal compared to the "proggier" stuff on his Ayreon albums, but still have his "trademark" sound. The vocal performances are very good, but at times they don't seem to be high enough in the mix for my liking. There aren't really any weak tracks on the album, but at the same time I don't think there are any real standouts or classics. Overall I think this album is better than the last 2 Lucassen projects (Ayreon's 01011001 and Guilt Machine), but maybe not quite up to the standards of his best work.
If you are able to get the special edition, it is worthwhile. The 5 extra tracks are not throwaways or demos - they're extra songs left off to keep the album at a reasonable length, mostly with different singers, and as good as the songs on the first CD.