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Formed: 1994
From: Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Ayreon is a project by Dutch composer and musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Ayreon's musical style derives mostly from heavy metal and progressive rock, but combines them with genres like folk, classical and electronica to form what some call a completely new style of music. The majority of Ayreon's albums are dubbed "rock operas" because the albums contain complex storylines featuring a host of characters, each represented by a unique vocalist.

Latest Ayreon News

Below is our complete Ayreon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Dutch Artists Collaborate For "The Power Of Love"

The Power of Love is a Dutch metal collaboration for the Red Cross, a very special large-scale collaboration between Netherlands-based metal artists to help gather donations and bring aid to victims of sexual abuse in conflict territories, featuring (amongst others) Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Mark Jansen, Charlotte Wessels, Arjen Lucassen, and Ruud Jolie.

The Power Of Love comes on the occasion of 3FM’s Serious Request 2014 - a massive Dutch charity event that is organised every year by one of Netherland’s biggest radio stations.

From December 8th onward, fans will be able to give a donation and download a heavy cover of “The Power of Love,” originally performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, at this location. The lineup includes: More...

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Ayreon Posts Bonus DVD Trailer

A special album trailer for Ayreon’s latest release "The Theory Of Everything" is live on YouTube now and can be viewed below.

The trailer features footage from the available bonus DVD, including clips of guest musicians and vocalists, and interviews with Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen.

"The Theory Of Everything" features guest appearances by some of progressive, power, and folk metal’s greatest vocalists, like Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) as The Mother, Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) as The Prodigy, Marko Hietala (Nightwish) as The Rival and others.

The full lineup of vocalists includes:

JB as The Teacher
Sara Squadrani as The Girl
Michael Mills as The Father
Cristina Scabbia as The Mother
Tommy Karevik as The Prodigy
Marko Hietala as The Rival
John Wetton as The Psychiatrist

The instrumentalists on album are an impressive lot as well, featuring Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Steve Hackett (Genesis), and more. More...

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Ayreon Streaming Title Track Of New LP

Progressive metal act Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, is streaming a potion of "Phase I: Singularity" entitled "The Theory of Everything." The clip is the title track of the new album which drops on October 28th (EU) and October 28th (USA) via InsideOut Music. The song features guest vocalist Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and guest keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

Lucassen commented: "This is an extract from the 20-plus minute track, "Phase 1: Singularity." It combines The Theory of Everything parts 1 and 2. It features vocals by Michael Mills as the Father and Cristina Scabbia as the Mother. The piano was played by Rick Wakeman. Turn on Youtube captions to see the lyrics. Hope you'll enjoy it!"

The track listing of "The Theory Of Everything" is:

Disc 1

1. Phase I: Singularity (23:29 )
2. Phase II: Symmetry (21:31)

Disc 2

1. Phase III: Entanglement (22:34)
2. Phase IV: Unification (22:20)

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Ayreon Posts Preview Of "The Theory Of Everything"

Progressive metal act Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, posted a preview clip for the upcoming release "The Theory of Everything." The album drops on October 28th (EU) and October 28th (USA) via InsideOut Music.

The album has a plethora of guest appearances including: Keith Emerson, JB Christoffersson, Marco Hietala, Rick Wakeman, Cristina Scabbia, Jordan Rudess, Mike Mills, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Sara Squadrani, and Tommy Karevik.

The track listing is:

Disc 1
1. Phase I: Singularity (23:29 )
2. Phase II: Symmetry (21:31)

Disc 2

1. Phase III: Entanglement (22:34)
2. Phase IV: Unification (22:20)

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Ayreon Unveils "The Theory Of Everything" Artwork

Progressive metal act Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, unveiled the artwork for the upcoming release "The Theory of Everything." The piece was created by longtime Ayreon vet Jef Bertels.

Over the last month, Lucassen unveiled the names of guest stars set to appear on the album, including: Keith Emerson, JB Christoffersson, Marco Hietala, Rick Wakeman, Cristina Scabbia, Jordan Rudess, Mike Mills, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Sara Squadrani, and Tommy Karevik.

The "Theory of Everything" is set for release on October 28, 2013 via Inside Out Music.

The track list is as follows:

Disc 1
1. Phase I: Singularity (23:29 )
2. Phase II: Symmetry (21:31)

Disc 2

1. Phase III: Entanglement (22:34)
2. Phase IV: Unification (22:20) More...

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Ayreon Taps Tommy Karevik For New Album

Ayreon has now revealed the latest guest vocalist to appear on upcoming release "The Theory of Everything."

The seventh and final singer to appear will be Tommy Karevik of Kamelot and Seventh Wonder. Check out a video of Tommy announcing his appearance below.

Other guest confirmed for "The Theory of Everything" have included Sara Squadrani, John Wetton, Steve Hackett, Jordan Rudess, and Christina Scabbia.

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Sara Squadrani Revealed As Guest For Ayreon

After announcing John Wetton as the a guest vocalist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the female vocalist" video as Ancient Bards' Sara Squadrani (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.

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John Wetton Named Latest Ayreon Guest

After revealing Steve Hackett as the album's only guest guitarist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the vocalist" video as Asia/King Crimson's John Wetton (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.

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Steve Hackett Tapped For New Ayreon

After revealing Mike Mills as the fourth guest vocalist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the guitarist" video as Genesis' Steve Hackett (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year. Hackett will be the only guest guitarist on the release.

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Toehider's Mike Mills Named Latest Ayreon Guest

After revealing Jordan Rudess as the third guest keyboardist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the vocalist 4" video as Toehider's Mike Mills (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.

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Ayreon Taps Jordan Rudess As Next Guest

After revealing Cristina Scabbia as the third guest vocalist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the keyboardist 3" video as Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.

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Cristina Scabbia Guests On New Ayreon

After revealing Rick Wakeman as the second guest keyboardist, Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the yesterday's "guess the vocalist 3" video as Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia (see video below). The new release "The Theory of Everything" is due out later this year.

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Rick Wakeman Tapped For New Ayreon Album

After revealing JB Christoffersson (Grand Magus) as the second guest vocalist, master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen has now revealed the name of the yesterday's "guess the keyboardist 2" video as the legendary Rick Wakeman (see video below) for the forthcoming new release "The Theory of Everything." The album is due out later this year.

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Ayreon Announces Second Guest Vocalist

After revealing Michael Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) in the first "guess the keyboardist" video, master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen revealed the name of the next guest vocalist, JB Christoffersson of Grand Magus, for the forthcoming new release "The Theory of Everything." The album is due out later this year.

A video revealing his appearance can be seen here:

In addition, Lucassen also posted the second "guess the keyboardist" video, which can be seen here: More...

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Ayreon Announces Guest Keyboardist

After revealing Nightwish's Marco Hietala in the first "guess the vocalist" video, Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, announced that keyboardist Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) will also guest on the forthcoming new release "The Theory of Everything." The album is due out later this year.

A video revealing his appearance can be seen here:

In addition, Lucassen also posted the second "guess the vocalist" video, which can be seen here: More...

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Ayreon Posts First "Guess The Vocalist" Clip

Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, posted the first clip in a series of "Guess the Vocalist" clips for the upcoming new album "The Theory of Everything."

Put your guesses in the comments below or enter become the random winner by leaving comments on the video or at the band's Facebook Page. (Hint: the vocalist featured is in two well known bands and one lesser known covers band).

Check out the clip here:

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Ayreon Posts First In Studio Report On New LP

Ayreon, the brainchild of Arjen Lucassen, posted the first in studio video on the recording of the new double album "The Theory Of Everything." The footage includes a time lapse of the recording session of violinist Ben Mathot at Electric Castle.

"The Theory Of Everything" is tentatively scheduled for a late 2013 release time. Check out the new footage here:

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Ayreon To Release Double Album

It's been quiet in the Ayreon camp for the past couple of months, but Arjen Lucassen recently broke his silence to reveal that the title of the forthcoming new album will be "The Theory Of Everything."

He has now also announced the pending release will be a double album. Aiming for a tentative release at the end of this year, Arjen had this to say about the album's progress:

"I've finished recording demos of the music, and am now about halfway finished with the lyrics. It's going to be a double album, so there is a lot to write! It's extra challenging as well, because lyrically I've left the old Ayreon universe behind and have to create a new one from scratch. I'm really excited about the line-up and how everything is PROGressing so far."

Watch out for more information on the forthcoming new Ayreon album later in the year! More...

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Ayreon Announces New Album Title

Progressive mastermind and multi-musician and vocalist Arjen Lucassen announced that the new Ayreon album will be entitled "The Theory of Everything." In a post on Facebook, Lucassen put the following post and photo:

"Sorry that there have been so few updates from me lately...working hard on the new Ayreon album! I just started writing the lyrics and I decided on the album title. It's called... 'The Theory of Everything.' Won't tell you what it's about yet though!"

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Ayreon To Release New LP In 2013

Multi-musician progressive master Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Star One/Guilt Machine/Ex-Stream of Passion) posted a new teaser video announcing that he is working on the new Ayreon album. The follow up to the 2008 EP "Elected" and 2008 LP "01011001" is expected for a 2013 release.

More information on the release is expected shortly. Enjoy the teaser clip here:

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