The source AyreonCD

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GenreProgressive Metal
Media format2-CD & DVD
Media PackagingDigibook
Available since 28.04.2017
Product code351024

Released as a two-CD set with DVD. The DVD contains the 5.1 mix and a behind-the-scenes video as well as a number of video clips and interviews.

It all began on the planet Alpha in the Andromeda Nebula, where AI had long managed to suppress and rule over the human race. When mankind was threatened by catastrophes of both ecological and economic nature, they turned to machines for help. That was a monumental mistake. In the end, all they could do was run. That’s the story told in the new album ‘The Source’ from metal opera band Ayreon. The album is a quasi-prequel to the 2008 sci-fi epic ‘01011001’. The album is split into four chapters: 1. The Frame, 2. The Aligning Of The Ten, 3. The Transmigration and 4. The Rebirth!

Mastermind Arjen Lucassen managed to draw a number of big names for the album, including singers James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Tommy Giles Rogers (Between the Buried and Me), Simone Simons (Epica), Mike Mills (Toehider), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind), Zaher Zorgati (Myrath), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) und Russell Allen (Symphony X), as well as guitarists Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Asia, Steven Wilson) and Marcel Coenen, as well as keyboard player Mark Kelly (both from Marillion).

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A good conceptual album

A new conceptual album set as a prequel to 01011001 tells te story of the forever race, ancesters to humans and their exodus from andromeda. Arjen has gathered a great line up of musicians like Paul Gilbert and Guthrie Govan on guitar, and as a hallmark of Ayreon many great singers such as James Labrie, Rusell Allen, Floor Jansen and Tommy Karevik between others. Instrumentation in this album id huge having additional instruments like flute, violin and cello. Musically it has the typical Ayreon elements (many may say there's not much new) however you will find great stuff from heavy prog songs to ballads, according to what the story requires, but always great vocal arrangments that certainly make the album worth. If you like Ayreons previous works you will definitely like it, but aside of this, the great story and quality of music, singing and arrangments definitely make worth to try this album

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