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Formed: 1994
From: Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active


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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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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More Metal Tracks Heading To The Rock Band Network

In an ironic twist, most of the new metal tracks headed to the Rock Band Network will be hitting the PS3 edition of the game this coming week, while the Playstation Network remains down with no firm date in sight for a fix. Assuming the network becomes available, the PS3 edition will see new music from Nachtmystium, Terror, Heaven Shall Burn, Ayreon, Daath, and Architects on May 3rd.

The newly added Xbox 360 songs, including the non-metal tracks, are as follows:

"A Grim Struggle" - Nightrage
"Self Medicate" - Felsen
"Satisfying Angst" - The Blackout Argument
"River of Glass" - Rishloo
"Dawn of the Condoms" - Ultra Saturday
"Beat Fly" - Tiny Danza
"Leave Me Be" - Kylie D. Hart
"Dodgin Bullets" - Steve Fister
"Doll in the Dust" - Kurodust
"The Window" by Raven Quinn

The following songs will be coming to the PlayStation 3 edition of the Rock Band Network on May 3rd (due to outages of the Playstation Network, the content may be delayed):

"Your Petty Pretty Things" - The Get Up Kids
"World on Fire" - Firewind
"Stick Tight" - Terror
"The Omen" - Heaven Shall Burn
"Dawn of a Million Souls (Rock Band Mix)" - Ayreon
"N.A.T.G.O.D." - Daath
"Nightfall" - Nachtmystium
"Undead Heart" - Vampires Everywhere!
"If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn" - Sleeping with Sirens
"Learn to Live" - Architects

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InsideOut Releases Compilation for Free Download

Well known progressive metal and rock label InsideOut recently released a new compilation, "Music In Progress, Vol. II," for free download via Amazon.com (restricted to the U.S. once again, I believe). The download, which also comes with a digital booklet, contains the following tracks:

1. "Set The World On Fire (The Lieof Lies)" by Symphony X (5:55)
2. "Hyperdrive!" by Devin Townsend Project (3:34)
3. "Age Of Shadows (Edit)" by Ayreon (5:39)
4. "Linoleum" by Pain Of Salvation (4:54)
5. "Move" by King's X (4:02)
6. "Walls" by Redemptionx (6:56)
7. "The Escape Artist" by Osi (5:53)
8. "With Honor" by Shadow Gallery (9:58)
9. "Crucify" by James Labrie (6:01)
10. "Hyperactive" by Riverside (5:45)
11. "Ripples" by Aspera (6:33)
12. "Paroxetine 20mg" by The Tangent (7:41)

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Guilt Machine Signs To Mascot Records

Ayreon front man Arjen Lucassen has issued the following announcement about his new project Guilt Machine seeing a release through Mascot Records:

"We're pleased to announce that Arjen's new project, Guilt Machine, will be released by Mascot Records. The photo at right shows Arjen and Mascot's Ed van Zijl formalizing the happy arrangement by signing the contracts. The release date will be announced in a later update.

"We would like to formally thank everyone who submitted an audio message to the Guilt Machine project. Your response to our announcement was overwhelming! We received over 200 messages, far more than we could possibly use on the album. In the end, 19 messages were included on the album, either in between the songs or within the songs themselves. The messages -- in languages ranging from Chinese to Tagalog to French to Russian -- add just the extra personal touch that we were looking for. More...

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Sanders of After Forever Provides a HDK Sneak Peak

Sanders Gommans of After Forever has given further news on his new project which, up 'til this point, we've had nothing to judge it on since no material was present at the time. Now, a video made by D'Images (famous for working with After Forever, Stream of Passion, Ayreon, and Nemesea) has been released with audio samples of HDK's forthcoming debut, "System Overload." You can view the video below.

In addition, Amanda Somerville, who has worked with Ayreon, Epica, and Kamelot, has been participating in the project.

System Overload will be released on February 23rd.

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Jeff Wagner Writing Book On Progressive Metal

Bazillion Points Publishing has announced the first definitive book on the elusive world of progressive metal, written by esteemed metal crusader and prog manic and THE END RECORDS staff member Jeff Wagner. Scheduled for release in Autumn 2009, the book will detail the common movements of pioneers like OPETH, WATCHTOWER, VOIVOD, ATHEIST, DREAM THEATER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, CELTIC FROST, SIGH, and FATES WARNING — metal bands who have gone against the tide of tradition and conservatism. Linked by a desire to push heavy metal forward, these varied bands with a couple hundred other black sheep form the hard-to-pin-down category of "progressive metal."

Beginning with the hugely influential mid-1970s efforts of Canadian band RUSH, Wagner's book explores the shared lineage of prog rock and metal. He unfurls the huge tapestry and examines the sounds and styles created during the genre's 40-year history, including: the "Big Three" — QUEENSRŸCHE, FATES WARNING, and DREAM THEATER; extreme prog pioneers VOIVOD and CELTIC FROST; Norway's post-black metal avant garde (ULVER, ARCTURUS, VED BUENS ENDE, BEYOND DAWN, etc.); and of course the huge global movement of Big Three-worshippers in the 1990s and the leaders that emerged (AYREON, SYMPHONY X, etc.). The vastness of what can be considered "progressive metal" has proven to be one of the most viable, malleable forms in all of modern music. More...

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Ayreon Post New Song Online

AYREON have posted a new song entitled “The Fifth Extinction” online here. The track comes off the band’s upcoming new album, 01011001, which is set to be released on January 28th.

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Ayeron Reveal Tracklisting, Release Date

It has been confirmed that the forthcoming AYREON rock opera, entitled 01011001, is now finished and will be in stores end of January 2008. Release dates include: January 25th - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, January 28th - Europe, January 29th - US and Canada. Other territories and labels TBA.

The album will feature the following tracklisting:

CD1 - Y:
'Age Of Shadows' (incl. 'We Are Forever')
'Liquid Eternity'
'Connect The Dots'
'Beneath The Waves':
(a) 'Beneath The Waves'
(b) 'Face The Facts'
(c) 'But A Memory...'
(d) 'World Without Walls'
(e) 'Reality Bleeds',
'Newborn Race'
(a) 'The Incentive'
(b) 'The Vision'
(c) 'The Procedure'
(d) 'Another Life'
(e) 'Newborn Race'
(f) 'The Conclusion'
'Ride The Comet'
'Web Of Lies'

Disc 2 - Earth
'The Fifth Extinction'
(a) 'Glimmer of Hope'
(b) 'World of Tomorrow Dreams'
(c) 'Collision Course'
(d) 'From the Ashes'
(e) 'Glimmer of Hope' (reprise)
'Waking Dreams'
'The Truth Is In Here'
'Unnatural Selection'
'River of Time'
'The Sixth Extinction'
(a) 'Echoes On The Wind'
(b) 'Radioactive Grave'
(c) '2085'
(d) 'To The Planet Of Red'
(e) 'Spirit On The Wind'
(f) 'Complete The Circle'

As previously reported, the album officially features the most guest musicians mastermind Arjen Lucassen has ever had on one of his productions. The complete guest list, in no particular order, is as follows:

Forever: Daniel Gildenlow (PAIN OF SALVATION), Tom Englund (EVERGREY), Hansi Kursch (BLIND GUARDIAN), Anneke van Giersbergen (AGUA DE ANNIQUE), Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA), Bob Catley (MAGNUM), Jorn Lande, Floor Jansen (AFTER FOREVER), Steve Lee (GOTTHARD), Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV)

Man: Ty Tabor (King's X), Simone Simons (EPICA), Liselotte Hegt (DIAL), Phideaux, Marjan Welman, Wudstik, Arjen Lucassen

Guest Keyboardists: Tomas Bodin (THE FLOWER KINGS), Derek Sherinian (PLANET X), Joost van den Broek (AFTER FOREVER / STAR ONE)

Guest Guitarists: Michael Romeo (SYMPHONY X), Lori Linstruth (ex-STREAM OF PASSION)

Drums: Ed Warby (GOREFEST)
Flute: Jeroen Goossens (FLAIRCK)
Violin: Ben Mathot (DIS)
Cello: David Faber

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Ayreon Reveal Complete List Of Guest Musicians

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has revealed the complete list of musicians who appear on the group's new album, "01011001", tentatively due in January 2008. It is as follows:


Daniel Gildenlöw (PAIN OF SALVATION)
Tom Englund (EVERGREY)
Anneke van Giersbergen (AGUA DE ANNIQUE, THE GATHERING)
Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA)
Bob Catley (MAGNUM)
Floor Jansen (AFTER FOREVER)
Steve Lee (GOTTHARD)
Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV)
Ty Tabor (KING'S X)
Simone Simons (EPICA)
Liselotte Hegt (DIAL)
Marjan Welman
Arjen Lucassen


Arjen Lucassen: Guitar, Keyboards, Synths, Bass Guitar, Programming
Tomas Bodin (THE FLOWER KINGS): Keyboards
Derek Sherinian (PLANET X): Keyboards
Joost van den Broek (AFTER FOREVER, STAR ONE): Keyboards
Michael Romeo (SYMPHONY X): Guitar
Lori Linstruth (ex-STREAM OF PASSION): Guitar
Ed Warby (GOREFEST): Drums
Jeroen Goossens (FLAIRCK): Flute
Ben Mathot (DIS): Violin
David Faber: Cello

More information, including soundclips, is available at this location.

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Ayreon Present "Three Mystery Keyboardists..."

AYREON's webmaster has issued the following update:

"More guessing fun, and also the very last 'guessing round' we'll have for this album (but don't hold me to this, please). Beside guest guitarists, Arjen also invited keyboard players for the new Ayreon album. Check the link for an MP3 to hear the Three Mystery Keyboardists. Have fun!"

Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen recently revealed that the new album, due out in January 2008, will be titled 01011001. The album will feature the following vocalists: PAIN OF SALVATION's Daniel Gildenlöw, BLIND GUARDIAN's Hansi Kürsch, former THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen (AGUA DE ANNIQUE), Jonas P. Renske (KATATONIA), Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Ty Tabor (KING'S X), Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV), Simone Simons (EPICA), Liselotte Hegt (DIAL), Phideaux Xavier, AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen, GOTTHARD's Steve Lee, Dutch hip-hop/soul artist WUDSTIK, ELISTER's Marjan Welman and Lucassen himself. More...

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Flutist Returns To Ayreon

AYREON recently revealed that their new album, due out in January 2008, will be titled 01011001.

In an update, the band write, "Flutist Jeroen Goossens of the Dutch folk band FLAIRCK returns to Ayreon.

Jeroen, who previously played on Ayreon's The Human Equation and starred in the 'Loser' video, recently recorded his parts in the Electric Castle.

Other instrumentalists we previously announced include Ben Mathot of the band DIS on violin, David Faber on cello and of course GOREFEST's drummer Ed Warby."

01011001 will feature the following vocalists: PAIN OF SALVATION's Daniel Gildenlöw, BLIND GUARDIAN's Hansi Kürsch, former THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen (AGUA DE ANNIQUE), Jonas P. Renske (KATATONIA), Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Ty Tabor (KING'S X), Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV), Simone Simons (EPICA), Liselotte Hegt (DIAL), Phideaux Xavier, AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen, GOTTHARD's Steve Lee, Dutch hip-hop/soul artist WUDSTIK, ELISTER's Marjan Welman and Lucassen himself.

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Ayreon Announce Solo Guitarists

AYREON recently revealed that their new album, due out in January 2008, will be titled 01011001.

In an update, the band write, "The following three guitarists play solos on the new Ayreon album called 01011001: Lori Linstruth, Arjen Lucassen himself, and Michael Romeo.

Stay tuned for more guessing when we give you a sample of the guest keyboardists!"

01011001 will feature the following vocalists: PAIN OF SALVATION's Daniel Gildenlöw, BLIND GUARDIAN's Hansi Kürsch, former THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen (AGUA DE ANNIQUE), Jonas P. Renske (KATATONIA), Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Ty Tabor (KING'S X), Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV), Simone Simons (EPICA), Liselotte Hegt (DIAL), Phideaux Xavier, AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen, GOTTHARD's Steve Lee, Dutch hip-hop/soul artist WUDSTIK, ELISTER's Marjan Welman and Lucassen himself.

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Evergrey Frontman To Guest On New Ayreon CD

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has posted an audio sample of the next guest singer who will appear on the the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: EVERGREY mainman Tom S. Englund. Other vocalists scheduled to appear on the CD include Ty Tabor (KING'S X), Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV), Simone Simons (EPICA) and Liselotte Hegt (DIAL). A total of fifteen singers have been confirmed to guest on the album, with more to be added.

AYREON's last CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", was released in 2004. It contained guest appearances by a number of acclaimed vocalists, including James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY), Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE), Devon Graves (DEADSOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).

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Ayreon Complete Demos

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's webmaster has issued the following update:

"Arjen just finished recording the demos for his seventh Ayreon album. As previously reported, Arjen went through a difficult time last winter. Since then he's been doing a lot better. He discovered that music truly is the best medicine and also drew inspiration from the many encouraging e-mails, letters, and postcards he received from his fans.

Though Arjen initially planned to release a single album, the plan - as always - changed as the composing progressed. Like The Human Equation and Into The Electric Castle, the new Ayreon will be a double album featuring 15 tracks with a combined length of nearly 100 minutes.

Arjen and Ayreon-veteran Ed Warby (GOREFEST - pictured) will enter the studio next month to record drums together with producer Gordon Groothedde.

Arjen is currently checking the availability of vocalists and instrumentalists to see who can be scheduled to appear. A number of vocalists have already responded enthusiastically. Arjen has a long wish-list, and it promises to be quite a puzzle to figure out who will be singing where and what.

No release date has been set."

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After Forever Drummer Diagnosed With Cancer

After Forever have posted the following update at the band's official website:

Dear fans,

We bring sad tidings. Our friend and drummer Andre has been admitted to hospital. The doctors have found cancer and surgically removed a tumor. The medical staff is satisfied about the result of the surgery.

In consultation with Andre and his friend Cris, we decided to continue our show in The Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on February 11. Ed Warby (Ayreon) will replace Andre for this occasion, but Andre will be more present than ever on this evening.

If you want to support Andre in this difficult period in his life you can send a card or letter to: Andre Borgman, Tromsöldreef 50, 3076 DL Rotterdam, The Netherlands

We count on you and expect a load of reactions and consolation for Andre. Via the site we will keep you informed.

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Ayreon "Actual Fantasy Revisited" Release Dates

Ayreon's "Actual Fantasy: Revisited" is now completely finished. Since this release is an audio CD with a bonus DVD, there are two different versions. (It is a region free DVD, but there are two formats.)

Release dates are as follows:

Netherlands: November 25, 2004
Rest of Europe: December 6, 2004

Through Plato.nl: December 6, 2004 (tentative)
USA/Canada: January 11, 2005

You can pre-order the album through Plato. Please note the different release dates of the PAL and NTSC versions. You can already purchase the PAL edition of the new album at the Mega Record and CD fair in Utrecht from Millennium Records on November 20. Arjen will be signing at the stand, and perform at the terrace of the Fair with Robert Soeterboek and Peter Vink.

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