Dutch musical project Ayreon (led by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/songwriter Arjen Anthony Lucassen) has revealed a trailer for The Theory Of Everything, the new album that is scheduled to be released October 28th. The new album will feature guest appearances from Christina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake, & Palmer), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Steve Hackett (Genesis), and much more. The album will be comprised of four tracks, each over 20 minutes long, and will tackle the concept of the human mind. Head on below for the trailer.
I truly enjoyed the hell out of The Human Equation and 01011001, while not as good as THE, was still quite excellent, so I’m definitely looking forward to checking this album out. READ MORE
Excuse me for on moment. Ahem…ahem ahem…FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!! I’m a HUGE Ayreon fan. The Human Equation is one of the greatest concept albums ever released and 01011001, while I personally don’t think is as good, is still an incredible album.
So, getting to the news, even though Arjen Lucassen released Lost In The New Real, a solo album, earlier this year, he is already hard at work on the next Ayreon record! No release date has been schedule but it is tentatively scheduled for 2013 (hurry up already!). Below is a lighthearted video of Arjen recording electric and acoustic guitars as well as keys for the release. Check it out below!
Personally, one of the things I always get excited for with a Lucassen release is the game where we have to figure out who the guest singers are going to be. Considering the stellar talent that he gets for each release, from Dream Theater‘s James LaBrie to Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt to ex-The Gathering‘s Anneke van Giersbergen, my expectations are at near fever-pitch. READ MORE
Recently, I got the opportunity to chat with Arjen Lucassen about his upcoming Star One release, ‘Victims Of The Modern Age’. Lucassen is also known for his other projects, Stream Of Passion, Guilt Machine, and probably most recognized for Ayreon. During this interview, we spoke about his feelings towards the release of the upcoming release, what the inspiration for the songs were and, of course, his feelings towards horror and some of his favorite movies. Check it out after the jump!
‘Victims Of The Modern Age’ will be coming out in N. America on Oct. 25th. You can check out some of the music HERE
Since the break-up of symphonic metal band After Forever, fans have been eagerly awaiting the new Floor Jansen project, ReVamp. Possessing one of the strongest voices in the genre, Floor’s classical training allows her vocals to soar from low growls to operatic heavenly heights. But in order to take full advantage of this voice, you need a band that can back it up. So the question begs, does the self-titled debut release from ReVamp measure up? Check after the jump to find out!
Dream Theater’s James LaBrie is easily one of the defining, elite and naturally talented vocalists the world has to offer and after selling over a million albums worldwide he further challenges himself with an aggressive and dynamic new solo effort. The much anticipated new full-length offering, Static Impulse, also marks LaBrie’s first solo effort in over five years and is sure to please his legion of diehard fans, as well as win over many new devotees in the process. Be sure to stay tuned to www.jameslabrie.com
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Static Impulse also features the immensely talented longtime songwriting partner and keyboardist Matt Guillory. Another notable performance is Peter Wildoer from metal titans Darkane on drums and screaming vocals. The group is rounded out by Marco Sfogli on guitars and Ray Riendeau on bass. Static Impulse is set for a September 28th release on InsideOut Music and was mixed and mastered by the renowned Jens Borgen (Opeth, Katatonia).
LaBrie states: “Hi everyone. The release of Static Impulse is one that the whole band is psyched about. This is modern Metal and as heavy and relevant as any other band out there going in a similar musical direction. There are riffs that will blow your head off and melodies both musically and vocally that are hypnotic. Get in the driver’s seat and let the ears bleed. Enjoy and see you out there with a tour to follow up and support this release.”
Guillory further comments: “One year and two months in the making and we’re finally done. I’m really pleased with the way this record came out. James sounds fantastic, as well as the rest of the guys. Without a doubt, it’s our heaviest record thus far yet at the same time, it’s also our most melodic. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
In addition to Dream Theater’s numerous studio and live releases, LaBrie has also appeared on releases by Fates Warning, Redemption, Trent Gardner’s Explorer’s Club, Leonardo The Absolute Man, Frameshift, Ayreon’s The Human Equation, as well as tribute albums to Rush, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Queen.