CD art review: Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s Star One “Victims of the Modern Age”

I found this draft from the depths of my hard drive. It has been a long time since my last review and this album was released in 2010 but it has some timeless design in it. The following text is borrowed pretty straight from Wikipedia’s article but you’ll get the basic facts about this amazing concept album:

“Victims of the Modern Age is the second studio album by Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s progressive metal project/supergroup Star One, released on the recording label Inside Out in 2010. The album continues the style introduced on Star One’s previous studio album by mixing progressive metal and space rock.

Like on their previous album, the themes of the album’s songs are based on science fiction movies or TV series, however it’s focused on dystopian or post-apocalyptic movies. The title of the album is a quote from Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange.”

Design credits:
Thomas Ewerhard – layout
Christophe Dessaigne – artwork, photos

According to Arjen’s interview the cover art depicts the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, with the people ontop not to scale. To me it is that but also some kind of  trip to the core of humanity and our fears. It is hard to describe and the interesting thing is that when looking at the booklet you could easily choose any image to be the actual album cover. They have such strength. Also the simple, widely tracked, all caps  typographic style works really well with the sans serif typeface. The digipack packaging of the booklet is easy to handle and gives this more ‘majestic’ feeling.

All and all it is one of my all time favourites. Go to www.arjenlucassen.com to see more and purchase the album.

 

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