I remember seeing the Live on Earth DVD at my local about five years ago and not wanting to chance it despite being a huge fan of Ayreon. Is it still out of print? Every time I think about it now I want to cry...
Victims of the Modern Age is so fucking good, I bought the album after hearing three songs. Having listened to the whole thing, I DON'T REGRET IT ONE BIT. Not too crazy about Space Metal though. Way too much Stratovarius and Dream Theater for my liking. Bleh. Definitely like the heavier sound of their second outing.
Only the continuation from Down the Rabbit Hole into Digital Rain is so freaking beyond this world... It's not often clear from the first 1:30 if the album's going to be good or not. It was, with ease, with Victims of the Modern Age. That intro sliding to the first album track and the huge, phenomenal roar of music starting is one of the best moments of the album, along with some other things. Victim of the Modern Age is super awesome. The whole Digital Rain is as well, especially the music interrupting in the end and the canon singing starting. My God... And 24 Hours is huuuuge now that the song has finally dawned to me. Cassandra Complex returned my faith to hard rockish mid tempo songs: they can still be good and not repeating the same shit over and over! Also super catchy chorus I could listen to hours. And Damian Wilson! ^_^ Well, the whole album is perfect (no shit?!) and the bonus disc is good, too. Nice to hear "The Cat's" voice is still in shape, and that Anderson is great!
Both of these albums are just amazing, but would we expect anything different from Arjen Lucassen? The fact that my favourite song on Space Metal is based on Star Trek IV is just the icing on the cake!