Friday, July 19, 2024

They’ll Took You By Storm… Arjen Lucassen’s Supersonic Revolution

Following the release of Arjen Lucassen’s Supersonic Revolution‘s debut album Golden Age Of Music on 19th May via Music Theories Recording/Mascot Label Group, come a video for the ‘They Took Us By Storm’ single.

You thought you knew Arjen Lucassen? Towering Dutch prog rock polymath? The man behind the super successful prog rock conceptualists Ayreon? Not to mention his prog metal projects Star One and Guilt Machine? Enormous overarching concept albums about space and time, packed to the hilt with special guests that read like a who’s who of modern-day progressive rock? Arjen Lucassen? Well, think again.

Requested to provide a track for a cover CD for the German music magazine Eclipsed,  seed was sewn in Lucassen’s mind and the end result is 11 tracks of high energy, progressively inclined heavy rock that’s said to swing with” the kind of groove Deep Purple rocked with in the early to mid-1970s”.

This, then is Supersonic Revolution, with Lucassen on bass, long-standing keyboard player Joost van den Broek, guitarist Timo Somers, drummer Koen Herfst and singer Jaycee. Five men rocking out and apparently having one hell of a time doing it.

“This album is not a typical prog album. It’s not Yes or Genesis. But it’s not a metal album either,” said Lucassen. “There’s a track called ‘Burn it Down’, it’s totally based on ‘Smoke On The Water’ but written from the perspective of the “stupid with a flare gun” mentioned in the original lyrics.

Tracks featured are ‘SR Prelude’, ‘The Glamattack’, ‘Golden Age Of Music’, ‘The Rise Of The Starman’, ‘Burn It Down’, ‘Odyssey’, ‘They Took Us By Storm’, ‘Golden Boy’, ‘Holy Holy Ground’, ‘Fight Of The Century’, ‘Came To Mock, Stayed To Rock’, ‘Children Of The Revolution (Bonus Track)’, ‘Heard It On The X (Bonus Track)’, ‘Fantasy (Bonus Track)’ and ‘Love Is All (Bonus Track)’.

The album is available on various formats; 2LP transparent blue, 2LP pink marble, 2LP purple marble, 2LP yellow marble, CD, digitally and as an artbook.

The song  ‘Golden Age Of Music’, SR Prelude & The Glamattack and ‘The Rise Of The Starman’, have already been release as videos singles, and you can check them out here at RAMzine alongside ‘They Took Us By Storm’ .

Talking about ‘Golden Age Of Music’ Lucassen said, “For me the 70s were the golden age of music. But that’s purely personal! If I had been born 10 years later, I guess it could have been the 80s. Anyway, in these lyrics I describe how I used to lie in bed under the blankets and secretly listen to pirate radio stations like Radio Caroline on a little transistor radio. Those pirate stations played all kinds of weird underground music, and I Ioved it!

“I also loved 1970s fashion, with the colourful shirts and bell bottom jeans. And of course, I watched all the wrong TV series, like Charlie’s Angels with the lovely Farrah Fawcett! Daisy D is of course Daisy Duke from the somewhat questionable series Dukes Of Hazzard. The name dropping becomes quite obvious in the second verse, where references are made to T Rex, Rainbow, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy. And of course, Jaycee loved singing the line “JC’s a superstar!” (Even though I obviously had another JC in mind).”

As you may have guessed from the track listing, the album also includes covers of T-Rex, with ‘Children Of The Revolution’, ZZ Top’s ‘Heard It On The X,’ Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘Fantasy’ and Roger Glover’s ‘Love Is All’.

You can order Arjen Lucassen’s Supersonic Revolution’s Golden Age Of Music by clicking here.  

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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