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Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s Star One
Space Metal (Limited Edition)
July 2002
Released: 2002, InsideOut
Rating: 4.7/5
Reviewer: CrashTest

It’s July and that means we’re halfway through 2002. Thus far it has been a strong year and SPACE METAL keeps that trend alive. Knowing that one of my fellow staff members has thoroughly reviewed this album, I will focus my comments on the limited edition version. I would encourage anyone who purchases this album to seek out the special 2-disc edition. It comes as a digipack with a booklet attached in the middle and a bonus CD featuring seven additional tracks.



Unlike most bonus disc, this is not sub-par filler material. Three of the songs could have easily been included on the original version of the album and made actually it stronger. I speak of the songs “Hawkwind Medley”, “Spaced Out” and “Inseparable Enemies”, which all kick copious amounts of ass. “Spaced Out” is a hard rocker in the vein of 70s stalwarts Boston, with the use of the Hammond organ and similar guitar tones and riffs. It even sounds like Boston lyrically, with lines like “Spaced out, no doubt / We’re all gettin’ high”. “Inseparable Enemies” is also a great song, based on the 80s sci-fi classic “Enemy Mine” that starred Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. as two bitter enemies who crash-land on a distant planet and learn to rely on each other to survive. I highly recommend the film, as I’m sure many out there have never heard of it.



In addition to the above-mentioned songs, there is a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” which deserves a spot on a bonus disc, as it is pretty weak. Also featured is a remix of “Starchild”, in 5.1 Dolby surround sound. The disc finishes with a hidden track, a humorous poke at modern space travel. Since the track has no name, I have taken to calling it “The Intergalactic Laxative”, which should give you an idea of where the song draws its inspiration.



All in all, the limited edition is a must for metal fans and SPACE METAL will surely find it’s way into my top 5 list when 2002 to comes to a close.



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