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- 1The Day That The World Breaks Down12:30
- 2Sea Of Machines05:08
- 3Everybody Dies04:42
- 4Star Of Sirrah07:03
- 5All That Was03:36
- 6Run! Apocalypse! Run!04:52
- 7Condemned To Live06:13
- 8Aquatic Race06:44
- 9The Dream Dissolves06:11
- 10Deathcry Of A Race04:43
- 11Into The Ocean04:53
- 12Bay Of Dreams04:24
- 13Planet Y Is Alive!06:02
- 14The Source Will Flow04:13
- 15Journey To Forever03:20
- 16The Human Compulsion02:15
- 17March Of The Machines01:39
Info zu The Source
Die Progressive Rock/Metal-Legende Arjen Lucassen veröffentlicht ein neues Kapitel der Ayreon Saga: ein neues Meisterwerk namens "The Source".
Seit mehr als 20 Jahren veröffentlicht der Multiinstrumentalist aus den Niederlanden unter dem Projektnamen Ayreon höchst aufwändig produzierte Konzeptalben mit verzwickten Storylines, auf denen er - für gewöhnlich von namhaften Gastmusikern begleitet - gewaltige Kathedralen aus Klang errichtet. Seine neue Plattenfirma, die Mascot Label Group, legt derzeit weite Teile des Ayreon-Backkataloges neu auf. So sind einige Alben jetzt erstmals auch als Vinylausgaben erhältlich. Lucassen selbst hat unterdessen letzte Hand an seinen neuen Longplayer "The Source" gelegt.Bei "The Source" heißt es für Arjen Lucassen nicht zum ersten Mal: Progmetal goes Science Fiction. Thematisch knüpft er mit dieser Platte an sein 2008 erschienenes SciFi-Epos "01011001" an, "The Source" ist eine Art Prequel dazu. Und wie man es von Lucassen gewohnt ist, bat er auch diesmal wieder allerlei Größen ihrer Zunft zum Stelldichein in sein Electric Castle Studio. Mit von der Partie waren nicht weniger als zehn Sängerinnen und Sänger: James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Tommy Giles Rogers (Between the Buried and Me), Simone Simons (Epica), Mike Mills (Toehider), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind), Zaher Zorgati (Myrath), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) und Russell Allen (Symphony X). An der Gitarre sind neben Lucassen selbst Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson) und sein Landsmann Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) zu hören. Die Keyboards bedienten Mark Kelly von Marillion und Arjen Lucassen, der für "The Source" diverse analoge Synthesizer wieder in Schwung gebracht hat. Und am Schlagzeug saß, wie immer und als einziges konstantes Ayreon-Mitglied, Ed Warby. Musikalisch präsentiert sich "The Source" ein gutes Stück härter als der Ayreon-Vorgänger "The Theory of Everything" aus dem Jahr 2013. "Wenn 'Theory ...' mein Prog-Album war, dann ist 'The Source' mein Rockalbum", so Lucassen. "Ich habe es stärker auf Gitarren ausgerichtet, das macht es heavy. Ich finde es leichter zugänglich, denn die Songs folgen überwiegend konventionellen Strukturen. Und die Melodien - die sind catchy!". Jedenfalls bleibt Ayreon mit "The Source" eine Klasse für sich. In anderer Hinsicht aber macht Arjen Lucassen dieses Jahr eine große Ausnahme: Während es ihn normalerweise kaum einmal live zu erleben gibt, sind für September drei exklusive Konzerte unter dem Namen "Ayreon Universe" im holländischen Tilburg angekündigt. Lucassen-Anhänger brachte dies so in Wallung, dass die insgesamt 9000 Tickets binnen eines Tages restlos ausverkauft waren. Wenn das mal kein Fan-Statement ist!
James LaBrie (Dream Theater) as The Historian, vocals
Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder) as The Opposition Leader, vocals
Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me) as The Chemist, vocals
Simone Simons (Epica) as The Counselor, vocals
Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind) as The Prophet, vocals
Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) as The Captain, vocals
Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) as The Astronomer, vocals
Mike Mills (Toehider) as TH-1, vocals
Russell Allen (Symphony X) as The President, vocals
Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus) as The Diplomat, vocals
Floor Jansen (Nightwish, ex-After Forever, ex-ReVamp) as The Biologist, vocals
Will Shaw (Heir Apparent), vocals
Wilmer Waarbroek, vocals
Jan Willem Ketelaars, vocals
Lisette van den Berg (Scarlet Stories), vocals
Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) as The Preacher, vocals
Arjen Anthony Lucassen, guitars, bass, synthesizers, Hammond, Solina Strings, all other instruments
Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever), grand piano and electric piano
Mark Kelly (Marillion), synthesizer solo
Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky), cello
Paul Gilbert, guitar solo
Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, ex-Asia), guitar solo
Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged), guitar solo
Ed Warby, drums
Ben Mathot, violin
Jeroen Goossens (ex-Pater Moeskroen), flute, wind instruments
Produced by Arjen Anthony Lucassen
Arjen Anthony Lucassen
Best known for his musical project Ayreon, Arjen Anthony Lucassen was born on April 3rd, 1960 in The Hague. Both Arjen and his older brother Gjalt were good students, but unlike Gjalt, Arjen wasn’t interested much in studying. A notorious trouble-maker in class, Arjen decided to pursue a career in the music business after graduating high school. During his teens, Gjalt always teased Arjen a lot, and Arjen has been taking his revenge by playing jokes on his brother in the credits of his Ayreon CDs. If you look carefully, you’ll find a Gjalt ‘joke’ in the booklet of every CD released after 1995. Arjen’s love of music was sparked in the 60s, when he became a big fan of the Beatles. He started buying albums in the early seventies when the glam rock era started and bands such as T-Rex, Alice Cooper, The Sweet, David Bowie were rising stars. Arjen really wanted to be in a band but he was too lazy to learn to play an instrument so he started a play-back band mimicking his heroes Alice Cooper, Slade, and The Sweet. He actually did get a lot of gigs in schools and already then he was a busy guy.
Then one day one of the older pupils approached Arjen saying “You have to listen to this,” and handed him a copy of Deep Purple’s ‘Made in Japan’. “Glam rock is OK, but this is really great.” When Arjen listened to it and heard Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar playing, he knew what he wanted: to play guitar! So he learned to play guitar and went through a stage where he had a lot of different bands until 1980. One of these bands was called ‘Mover’.
Bodine: Arjen had heard that the Dutch band Bodine had been looking for a new singer. Although he didn’t consider himself a great or gifted vocalist, Bodine was his favorite band so he wanted to get involved.
The first album with Jay van Feggelen on vocals was one of his favorite albums. He figured that he would audition as a vocalist, and bring his guitar, hoping they would give him the position of second guitarist in the band. And they told him that he had good ideas, good lyrics and good melodies but his voice was not what they were looking for. So Arjen told them he had brought his guitar. Those were the days of guitar tandems in bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy. Arjen pulled out his guitar and his amps and just began to play some Bodine songs that he had been working on for a month. And they said: Ok, you’re in! Arjen stayed in Bodine from 1980 to 1984 and did two albums with them: ‘Bold as Brass’ and ‘Three Time Running’.
Vengeance: Then Arjen got a call from a young and fresh band named Vengeance asking him if he knew a guitarplayer. Arjen thought just a moment, thinking about how great Bodine was, and what amazing things he had learned from the older much more experienced musicians, but also how limited he felt about expressing his own musical ideas. He couldn’t develop himself as a composer and realized that there was a lot of spirit in Vengeance. So Arjen answered: “Yes, I know a guitarplayer… me!”
Vengeance was surprised and very happy, but wondered about his commitment to Bodine. Arjen told them that it was time for a change. He joined Vengeance shortly after that phone call and considers the time with them great, wild and quite enjoyable. He had more freedom to do what he wanted and to compose songs. But still, he had to make concessions since he was in a band and also had to deal with record companies demands. Not every band member agreed on his ideas, which made sense given the fact that they all hailed from different musical backgrounds. In 1989 the band replaced singer Leon Goewie with English native Ian Parry, but the band had a hard time getting a new style off the ground. In the early nineties the grunge and alternative rock genre exploded on to the scene. Arjen wished to go into a Rainbow direction with keyboards and bombastic sounds, and other guys wanted to explore Bad Company or Thin Lizzy styles. Because of this they wondered what the audience wanted to hear and started to write songs to please the fans. That was a bad decision. After a very successful farewell tour in 1992 Arjen parted ways with Vengeance.
Striking out alone! Now the road was open for Arjen to work on his own material without interference or having to make concessions to band members. He recorded a few songs with himself on vocals and a record company heard it and was very interested to release the songs on an album. This album became Pools of Sorrow, Waves of Joy and Arjen went by his middle name Anthony. On this album Arjen played all instruments himself, except bass guitar which was played by Peter Vink and keyboards which were played by Cleem Determeijer. He didn’t know what he wanted to do musically so the album became a hodge-podge of styles. Country, pop, rock, prog all sorts of different songs, and, even though three singles were released and Arjen performed on various radio shows and small clubs, the album flopped. But to those who listen to the album can hear that there are a few songs that became the basis for a massive project that was still to come. He was looking for a way to make a life-long dream come true of creating a rock opera.
Ayreon: One particular album released during the 60s left a huge impression on Arjen. The album had everything Arjen was looking for: the music took him on an adventure, lyrics drew him into an emotional story, and reading lyrics along to discover that famous vocalists were playing parts. It became the ultimate tool for escapism for Arjen. The album was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. This album was followed by other similar albums such as War of the Worlds featuring Phil Lynott, The Who’s Tommy, Pink Floyd The Wall. After that Arjen realized that time had come to do it himself, and to do it his own way. Not limited music to one style. He used all his styles — prog, metal, folk, Beatles — despite being convinced that listeners with strong genre preferences would hate not being able to pigeonhole the music. But that didn’t matter to Arjen: for once in his life he wanted to make an album without compromises, just making the music he loved. This album became Ayreon – The Final Experiment. He found a small Dutch label interested in the project and the album simply took off. Several years later, after changing record companies, Arjen has released seven Ayreon albums as well as one compilation.
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