This is a preview of that mega Ayreon DVD. The chances of me ever getting it are damn slim because no store I know of sells DVDs as digital downloads and I do not buy physical media unless I’m attending a gig… but that’s not really relevant.
What matters is that the editors made a very annoying mistake several times in a row.
Okay I get it, Hansi messed up something in the chorus and they decided to fix it by turning the backing vox up to eleven. Good. Smart.
But why would the video editor ever cut to Hansi then, right at the very moment when you can’t hear anything but the backing vox? It’s just so jarring, so disconcerting. When editing lives, you cut to whoever matters sonically at a given moment. You try to make it a natural experience, and we bipedal unfeathered look at the source of the sound that dominates. At least, that’s the way all good lives I’ve seen in my life were done.
That’s the biggest complaint. It just screams incompetence. Arrrrgh EXTERMINATE.
Complaint no. 2 is the mix overall. It’s uneven; it’s plastic. But I can let it slide because let’s face it, most metal (and “metal”) mixes over the last twenty+ years have been meh. For understandable reasons. Shame, but good sound engineers don’t grow on trees.
Complaint no. 3: it’s third place because it’s been expected. The music itself. I have said it before, I’m anything but a fan of Ayreon. Lucassen has never been a lyricist of the caliber that would impress me; and musically, Ayreon is just very emphatically not.metal. It’s pop music. Hard rock at most. No virtuosity would ever change that. It’s not a problem per se, y’know; but it’s a problem when it gets marketed as “metal”. “Prog metal”, to boot.
Most prog metal is, of course, not even remotely truly progressive; it’s all same old same old chromatic guitar noodling and showy synth runs. Like the ones featured here. But at least prog metal is trying to be “uncommercial” by flirting with unconventional harmonies, experimenting with rhythm, borrowing riffs from thrash and death…
Nothing of the sort here. This music is saccharine. Probably it’s exactly the reason why it’s so popular. Outside of the clever “all star singer cast” marketing.
See, I wouldn’t be talking about this if it weren’t for people like Hansi, Floor and Maggy.
Complaint no. 4: a real petty and silly one, but hey. Suppressing emotions is bad for your (my!) health. So I’m venting. Maggy’s hairstyle. WHAT WAS THAT?! WHY?!?!?!
But hey. At least all these awesome people got to know each other. I truly hope this event sparked some new friendships. If it did, then it’s the only thing that really matters.