AYREON — The Final Experiment (review)

AYREON — The Final Experiment album cover Album · 1995 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
2/5 ·
Warthur
Ayreon's debut album is a decent blueprint for the sort of "turned up to 11" rock opera that the project would churn out over the coming years, but doesn't quite fire on all cylinders. Whilst I have to give Arjen Lucassen credit for taking such a cheesy concept and amping up the cheese for all its worth (there's a track called Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy, for crying out loud), but the actual execution doesn't quite push things far enough - it's too bombastic to take seriously, but not quite over the top enough to become so-cheesy-it's-good, so it ends up just seeming kind of goofy. On top of that, the production isn't up to the extremely high standards of later Ayreon albums, so on the whole it seems more like a rough plan for the Ayreon approach as opposed to a fully-realised debut.
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