I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve spent over 100 hours in Skyrim — okay, maybe I’m a little ashamed — I’ve come across every type of armor the game has to offer. Most are forgettable, others are laughable (glass armor? I’d rather not spend my time picking glass out of my body after a fight, thank you very much.), and there are a few that manage to be intensely badass. The first is the Daedric armor, which I’ve covered before, and the Nightingale armor. The latter isn’t the best stats-wise, but that’s forgivable when you slip it on and see how amazing your character looks wearing it.You may not be able to take a hit, but that won’t matter when your enemies bow before your fantasy ninja greatness.
A particularly talented cosplayer has decided to realize my fantasy of creating the full set, but she refuses to sell it to me even after I offered my life savings (basically the $0.75 I found in a cushion and a half-eaten absinthe lollipop).
Composer and multi-instrumentalist ARJEN LUCASSEN has firmly established himself worldwide as driving force in progressive rock. While best known for his rock opera project AYREON, the multi-talented Dutchman also regularly embarks on musical side projects, which explore different aspects of Lucassen’s musical personality. As his previous project (GUILT MACHINE’s “On This Perfect Day” 2009) was a relatively relaxed and subtle affair, LUCASSEN’s muses responded by urging him to record something loud, heavy and anything but subtle for this new release. Thus it was a perfect opportunity to launch his musical spacecraft towards the galaxy of bombastic sci-fi rock by revisiting his STAR ONE project.
The result is the album “Victims of the Modern Age,” the follow-up to the STAR ONE debut album, “Space Metal” (2002). Compared to “Space Metal,” the overall sound of “Victims Of The Modern Age” is darker, heavier, more guitar-oriented, and slightly less “spacey”. ARJENhas also raised the bar significantly when it comes to the album’s sound: “I think it’s my best sounding album to date; it’s a huge difference compared to the first STAR ONE. For the guitars I spent weeks experimenting with different amps and settings in every combination imaginable — and it was worth it. The drums sound fantastic, and the vocalists all outdid themselves, putting in even stronger performances than they did the first time around.”