They are two really, really cool projects by Arjen Lucassen (multi-instrumentalist/composer). He's a mastermind and really knows his craft, he produces everything as well. For the Star One album he tracked like 6 different tracks of guitars.
Star One is a space metal like project, all the songs are about Sci-Fi films like The Matrix, Star Wars, Dune, Planet of the Apes and etc. Plus it features Russell Allen, Dan Swano, Damien Wilson, and Floor Jansen. Really good stuff! Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery guitarist) and Joost (After Forever) plays the solos on the album! Sick musicians!
The new Star One album also has probably the sickest 7 string tone I have ever heard.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUdGTBVzk6c]Star One - Earth That Was - YouTube[/VIDEO]
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjQkllwJsxU]Star One - Human See, Human Do - YouTube[/VIDEO]
(Planet of the Apes)
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPJzr0iEOaw]Star One-The Eye Of Ra - YouTube[/VIDEO]
Ayreon is this huge concept project, that features 8 or more singers on each album (last album had 19 singers). This project has a huge story line that I don't completely understand myself, but it's great! Into the Electric Castle and the Human Equation are the two best albums, so check those out!
Also for all of us Iron Maiden guys, Bruce Dickinson even sang a song on Ayreon (link below), great song!
Conscience cleared: Minor Cursing at times.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_z4LTWvpOY]Dawn of A Million Souls - Ayreon - YouTube[/VIDEO]
(Russell Allen and Michael Romeo play on this song and Romeo does the sickest solo, 4:30)
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubPDWJ1l-LI]Ayreon - Isis and Osiris - YouTube[/VIDEO]
(Really solid tune)
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JF8lHsxOnE]Ayreon - Into the Black Hole (feat. Bruce Dickinson) HD - YouTube[/VIDEO]
(Bruce Dickinson song)!
Hope you guys enjoy!
I think a bunch of guys here like his stuff.
The Human Equation is one of my favorite cds ever. I love that disk.