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- 1Fatum Horrificum: Graveyard (feat. Noa Gruman, Hellscore Choir, Joost van den Broek)01:20
- 2Fatum Horrificum: 1884 (feat. Tom Baker, Joost van den Broek)02:17
- 3Fatum Horrificum: Daniel And Abby (feat. Joost van den Broek)01:32
- 4Fatum Horrificum: Fatum (feat. Noa Gruman, Hellscore Choir, Joost van den Broek)01:29
- 5Fatum Horrificum: Why?! (feat. Tommy Karevik, Joost van den Broek)01:08
- 6Fatum Horrificum: Guilty (feat. Dianne van Giersbergen, Joost van den Broek)02:35
- 7Daniel's Descent into Transitus (feat. Tom Baker, Tommy Karevik, Joost van den Broek)02:40
- 8Listen to My Story (feat. Tom Baker, Simone Simons, Marcela Bovio, Caroline Westendorp, Joost van den Broek)04:02
- 9Two Worlds Now One (feat. Tom Baker, Tommy Karevik, Cammie Gilbert, Marcela Bovio, Joost van den Broek)04:05
- 10Talk of the Town (feat. Tom Baker, Paul Manzi, Tommy Karevik, Cammie Gilbert, Patty Gurdy, Joost van den Broek)05:21
- 11Old Friend (feat. Tom Baker, Tommy Karevik, Joost van den Broek)01:40
- 12Dumb Piece of Rock (feat. Tom Baker, Micheal Mills, Patty Gurdy)04:13
- 13Get Out! Now! (feat. Tom Baker, Dee Snider, Marcela Bovio, Caroline Westendorp, Joe Satriani, Joost van den Broek)05:02
- 14Seven Days, Seven Nights (feat. Tom Baker, Simone Simons, Marcela Bovio, Joost van den Broek)01:26
- 15Condemned Without A Trial (feat. Tom Baker, Jan Willem Ketelaers, Marjan Welman, Marcela Bovio, Caroline Westendorp, Will Shaw, Dan J Pierson, Paul Manzi, Lisette van den Berg, Joost van den Broek)03:49
- 16Daniel's Funeral (feat. Tom Baker, Amanda Somerville, Paul Manzi, Joost van den Broek)04:58
- 17Hopelessly Slipping Away (feat. Tom Baker, Cammie Gilbert, Tommy Karevik)04:28
- 18This Human Equation (feat. Tom Baker, Simone Simons, Marcela Bovio, Caroline Westendorp, Joost van den Broek)04:19
- 19Henry's Plot (feat. Tom Baker, Paul Manzi, Amanda Somerville, Joost van den Broek)02:19
- 20Message from Beyond (feat. Tom Baker, Amanda Somerville, Cammie Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Joost van den Broek)05:21
- 21Daniel's Vision (feat. Tom Baker, Tommy Karevik, Joost van den Broek)01:44
- 22She is Innocent (feat. Tom Baker, Tommy Karevik, Amanda Somerville)02:09
- 23Lavinia's Confession (feat. Tom Baker, Amanda Somerville, Johanne James, Joost van den Broek)01:52
- 24Inferno (feat. Tom Baker, Johanne James, Noa Gruman, Joost van den Broek)02:17
- 25Your Story Is Over! (feat. Tom Baker, Simone Simons, Amanda Somerville, Marcela Bovio, Caroline Westendorp, Joost van den Broek)02:41
- 26Abby In Transitus (feat. Tom Baker, Cammie Gilbert, Joost van den Broek)03:01
- 27The Great Beyond (feat. Tom Baker, Cammie Gilbert, Tommy Karevik, Joost van den Broek)02:48
Info zu Transitus
Konzeptalben gelten Progressive-Rock-Liebhabern als Königsklasse der Veröffentlichungen aus ihrem Leib- und Magengenre. Aus den zahlreichen Künstlern, die an solche und ähnliche Großtaten anschließen oder dies zumindest versuchen, ragt Multiinstrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen schier uneinholbar heraus. Mit seinem Prog-Projekt Ayreon stellt der Niederländer seit beinahe einem Vierteljahrhundert immer wieder packende Mammut-Musikepen wie "Into the Electric Castle" (1998), "The Human Equation" (2004), "01011001" (2008), "The Theory Of Everything" (2013) und zuletzt "The Source" (2017) auf die Beine, die mit Blick auf Produktion, Ausstattung, die Vielzahl und das Können der Beteiligten, sowie vor allem hinsichtlich der Strahlkraft der jeweiligen Kompositionen Maßstäbe setzen. Bald ist es wieder soweit: Nach drei Jahren Vorbereitung und quasi nach dem Motto "Ein bisschen mehr geht immer" lässt Lucassen im Frühherbst sein neues Ayreon-Opus Transitus auf die Welt los. Transitus erscheint am 25. September 2020 bei der Mascot Label Group in drei Formaten: als 2CD, auf Doppel-LP in farbigem Vinyl mit Gatefold-Cover, sowie als Earbook mit vier CDs und einer DVD, das neben vielen weiteren Specials einen 5.1-Mix des Albums beinhaltet. Beigegeben ist Transitus ein 25-seitiges Comic-Buch aus der Feder des chilenischen Zeichners Felix Vega. Als Gäste sind unter anderem Tom Backer (Doctor Who), Simone Simons (Epica), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Joe Satriani und Marty Friedman dabei.
"Dreieinhalb Jahre nach „The source“, dem in Sachen Chart-Platzierungen (u. a. Platz 10 in Deutschland und die Pole Position in den Niederlanden) bis dahin erfolgreichsten Werk, legt Ayreon-Mastermind Arjen Lucassen mit einem weiteren Monumental-Opus nach. Verteilt auf zwei CDs präsentiert uns das Progressive Rock- und -Metal-Genie 22 Kompositionen, mit denen er erneut die Fantasie seiner Anhänger auf Hochtouren bringt. Natürlich handelt es sich um ein Konzeptalbum. Thema sind die fesselnden Abenteuer eines Paares, gesungen von Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder) und der großartigen Cammie Gilbert von Oceans Of Slumber. Weiterhin standen Stars wie Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Arenas Paul Manzi, Simone Simons (Epica), Dianne van Giersbergen (ex-Xandria) und Amanda Somerville (u. a. Avantasia) am Mikro, während „Doctor Who“-Darsteller Tom Baker den Erzähler gibt. Gitarrensoli stammen zudem von Größen wie Joe Satriani und Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth). Als Anspieltipps empfehlen wir „Listen to my story“, das wunderschöne „Two worlds now one“ sowie das treibende „This human equation“." (Oliver Kube, EMP Redaktion)
Arjen Lucassen, vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Tom Baker, vocals (Doctor Who)
Tommy Karevik, vocals (Kamelot)
Cammie Gilbert, vocals (Oceans of Slumber)
Simone Simons, vocals (Epica)
Dee Snider, vocals (Twisted Sister)
Joe Satriani, guitar
Marty Friedman, guitar
Johanne James, vocals (Threshold)
Noa Gruman, vocals (Scardust)
Marcela Bovio, vocals (MaYan)
Caroline Westendorp, vocals (The Charm The Fury)
Paul Manzi, vocals (Arena)
Micheal Mills, vocals (Toehider)
Amanda Somerville, vocals (Avantasia, Trillium)
Joost van den Broek, Hammond organ, piano
Ben Mathot, violin
Jeroen Goossens, wind instruments
Jurriaan Westerveld, cello
Alex Thyssen, horn
Patty Gurdy, Hurdy gurdy
Juan van Emmerloot, drums
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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