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.