A review of Ayreon, THE SOURCE (Mascot, 2017). Summation: Arjen Lucassen climbs ever higher in the prog pantheon.
On April 28, 2017, Arjen Lucassen releases the ninth studio album of his progressive rock space opera project, Ayreon. Entitled THE SOURCE, Lucassen’s latest–to no one’s surprise–throws everything the great man possesses into it. From heavy guitar riffs to Queen-inspired vocal melodies to Celtic folk, the album comes in at over 88 minutes long. Quite an amazing feat, even for Arjen Anthony Lucassen.
After all, what can’t the man do?
If I tried to pretend objectivity, I’d be readily and truly accused of dishonesty. Since I first listened to Ayreon–well over a decade ago–I was quite taken with it. Since then, I have collected every thing that Lucassen has done–from Star One to Guilt Machine to The Gentle Storm to Ambeon to Stream of Passion to his solo work.
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When Arjen Lucassen does some thing, he does that some thing perfectly.
The music of this brand new video is a cross between QUEEN and Lucassen’s own STAR ONE, but it’s still pure ARYEON.
As I’ve written before many times and will write again, I’m sure, Lucassen is a master story teller, a science fiction genius, building worlds as well as Frank Herbert and George Lucas.
Just look at the spectacular graphics of this video. Quite stunning.
This came this morning from Mascot Records:
|Hello Ayreonauts and other prog-lovers!
As many of you requested, here is the track list for the new Ayreon album The Source! Oh, and prepare for a BIG update this Thursday 🙂
Chronicle 1: The ‘Frame
1. The Day That The World Breaks Down
2. Sea Of Machines
3. Everybody Dies
Chronicle 2: The Aligning Of The Ten
Chronicle 3: The Transmigration
Chronicle 4: The Rebirth
This just arrived from Mascot and Arjen:
Finally… we present you the front cover and the title of the new AYREON album!
Arjen: “The cover was made by the amazing Yann Souetre, he created all the artwork for the new album. Yann’s art inspired me enormously in the creative process of writing this album. The cool motion effects in the image below were done by David Letelier. Hope you like it as much as I do!”
If the animation doesn’t play in your email program, open the mail in your browser. Please note that the actual album cover won’t feature the animation.
Pretty soon we will let you know about the pre-order of The Source. Keep an eye on your mailbox or your Facebook and Twitter timelines. We’re skipping messaging by carrier pidgeon this time…
All the best,
The Ayreon Team