For those of you who have followed progarchy from the beginning (and, a huge thank you–whenever you joined our little anarchomusical republic), you know how much we admire Arjen Lucassen. Lucassen is a wonder in every way. What he does with music is simply mind boggling. Not only do I listen to Arjen in all of his many projects whenever I can, I also use every chance when lecturing on modern literature, science fiction, and dystopia to talk about Lucassen. So, it grieves me that this has to be short as a post. I’ve spent the past week at an academic conference in Bryn Mawr, and I’m more than a bit behind on my writing.
Whenever Arjen produces something–whether it’s a solo album, Guilt Machine, Star One, Ambeon, or Ayreon–he does so with impeccable excellence. The writing, the lyrics, the packaging–every thing is perfect.