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Flight Of The Migrator
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The Story

Flight of the Migrator follows a different course. It takes us back to the beginning of time, just before the Big Bang, from which the universe originated. It was a time of utter chaos. During that Big Bang the first sould comes into being, the Universal Migrator. It divides into a great many parts, which all start out on a journey to a planet where they can settle. They bring life to the various planets and initiate various forms of civilization. With the aid of the Dream Sequencer the colonists on Mars follows one of those souls on its long journey to earth. He passes astronomical phhenomena such as quasars, pulsars, super novas, black holes and wormholes. Meanwhile the Dream Sequencer does everything in its power to wake the colonist from his deep hypnosis.

Even though the principle and main figures were developed by Arjen, his descriptions of astronomical phenomena are uncannily accurate. Lucassen buried himself in the studies of Stephen Hawking, a scientist who has studied the source of the human race for many years, and provides insight within the lyrics to Universal Migrator.

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Flight of the Migrator opens with an exhilirating instrumental romp "Chaos." Metal-edged electric guitar, shimmering Hammond organ and vast progressive-style synthesizer riffs illustrate the virtuosity of Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Erik Norlander. Crisp percussion—and a dramatic solo—by Ed Warby underscores the arrangement. Jubilant ELP-style keyboards, characteristic of Erik Norlander's work, blend with heavy guitar in the first vocal number—underscored by male choir—entitled "Dawn of a Million Souls" with the lead sung by Sir Russel Allen. Symphonically orchestral progressive keyboard work during one bridge is as stunning as the shattering guitar solos in others. Damian Wilson's backing vocals provide additional texture to the track.

One of the standout tracks from the album is "Journey on the Waves of Time" sung by Ralf Scheepers. A hard driving rock tune, it balances heavy metal sounds with lush Hammond organ riffs and a catchy melody, supported by the lead vocal, keyboards and choir textures. Arjen's unique variation of the Beatlesque style re-emerges in "To the Quasar" sung by Andi Deris. Delicate synthesizer and guitar perfectly compliment the processed vocal part. Full of special effects, the symphonic metal-edged keyboard and guitar instrumental passages are especially notable.

The three-movement "Into The Black Hole" blends metal guitar sounds with progressive keyboard work and the soaring vocal work of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickson. Lana Lane's backing harmony vocals compliment perfectly as does the keyboard romp near the track's conclusion. With Rhapsody's Fabio Kotipelto dramatic lead vocal, "Through The Wormhole," is a fast paced, percussive heavy-metal rocker. Lana Lane's harmony backing vocal is subdued beneath the instrumental arrangement. A vast guitar solo and romping keyboard solo, both by Gary Wehrkamp, are quite noteworthy additions to the piece.

"Out of the White Hole," sung by Stratovarious vocalist Timo Kotipelto is performed in a style similar to "Into The Black Hole." Lush majestic symphonic keyboards are contrasted by heavy metal-edged guitars. Keyboard solos are reminscent of ELP's Tarkus. Hard driving guitars and vocal harmonies by Robert Soeterboek dominate the arrangements of "To The Solar System" until lush Hammond organ and further keyboards join the arrangement. Heavily processed vocals in Battlestar Gallactica Sylon-style conlude the track in "System Alert."

The album concludes with "The New Migrator," a striking blend of orchestrally symphonic progressive instrumentals with heavy metal, complete with heavily percussive guitar work and double bass drum. Ian Parry's lead vocal and self-backing harmony parts are dramatically performed. Lana Lane also contributes backing vocal work to the final track. Lucassen's guitar solo is perfectly complimented by Keiko Kumagai's synthesizer and Hammond organ solos.

Much different than the first part of the set, Flight of the Migrator is equally enjoyable, especially for lovers of metal-edged song-based progressive rock. Certainly not a female vocals album by any means, it remains full of well-sung parts by a range of extremely talented musicians. A perfect compliment to the first part of the set, this album is worth a trans-Atlantic journey and is also a must listen!

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