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  Ayreon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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" due to the fact that the albums contain complex storylines featuring a host of characters, each represented by a unique vocalist.
Ayreon's music is characterized by the use of traditional instruments in rock music (guitars, bass guitar, drums, synthesizers, electric organs) mixed with instruments more native to folk and classical music (i.e.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ayreon   (796 words)

  
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Ayreon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Ayreon has an original musical style which derives mostly from heavy metal and progressive rock, but combines them with different genres to form what some call a completely new style of music.
Ayreon's music is characterized by the combination of mellow rock and metal, often within the same songs.
The first Ayreon CD, released in 1995, is The Final Experiment, a story of a man in 6th century Britain who begins to receive messages from scientists in the year 2084 when humankind has almost destroyed itself in a final great war.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Ayreon   (4254 words)

  
 ::.. Metal Monk UK ..:: - AYREON   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The result of this is that Ayreon quite often don’t sound like a Metal band at all, and even when they do they often have something that is intrinsically “unmetal” going on in their music most of the time.
Unlike most other bands that are said to have a retro sound, Ayreon don’t really pay homage to just one or two bands from the past, but have the influence of literally dozens and dozens of different ones all mixed together to make their sound.
Ayreon songs often sound a little bit “spacey”, not only through the use of sounds that sounded futuristic back in the 70s, but also because they often have an unhurried air — getting to the next verse or chorus or whatever is something that is just going to have to happen in it’s own time.
www.metalmonk.co.uk /bands/ayreon_bio.html   (1977 words)

  
 Ayreon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Ayreon is a Dutch music project by Arjen Anthony Lucassen.
Ayreon albums are written by Arjen Lucassen who also sings and plays instruments on each album.
The double album is a story of eight people from different eras of humankind, locked together in a weird "place of no-time and no-space".
www.wikiverse.org /ayreon   (541 words)

  
 Video Game Chat - Estradasphere and Ayreon
I've been looking into purchasing their albums, instead of continueing to download the tracks but the albums are far too expensive for me at the moment.
It certainly is a style that I normally avoid because I dislike such music but Ayreon seem to been an exception with me. More particularly with the parts continaing Rage; I dislike any song that yells or screams lyrics but when I heard Rage, I was instantly in love.
It's a very unique sound that Ayreon has, and I haven't really heard anything like it before, although it does remind me of Tiamat at times.
www.vgchat.com /printthread.php?t=40   (732 words)

  
 Shattered_Future's Futures Of Metal #4: Ayreon - Music & Musician Forums   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Ayreon is the brainchild of a Dutch composer by the name of Arjen Anthony Lucassen.
Ayreon was formed in 1994, when ex-Vengeance and Bodine guitar/keyboard player Arjen Anthony Lucassen decided to form his own solo rock opera project.
Apparently, Ayreon had a sixth sense which allowed him to recieve messages from scientists in the year 2084, where humankind almost destroyed themselves in a great war.
musicianforums.com /forums/showthread.php?threadid=385697&styleid=18   (1273 words)

  
 AYREON The Human Equation reviews and MP3   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The music seems at moments heavier than on other Ayreon albums, but overall the music is more accessible, maybe because of the absence of the space noises that are all through his earlier work.
Ayreon is in fact one man, Arjen Lucassen, who goes the Alan Parsons Project route, composing epic conept albums like this one and bringing in a collection of the best and brightest singers in prog to perform them.
Ayreon does a fine job of combining classical structure to modern and old-fashioned instuments, and his compositions, although sometimes draining upon first listen, all become endearing and entertaining.
www.progarchives.com /Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=5362   (15720 words)

  
 Ayreon - Satan Stole My Teddybear
Arjen Lucassen is either one charismatic musician whose infectious personality inspires many to contribute to his extravagent, lavish and over the top albums or he has a lot of photographs of folks in compromising positions that he threatens to use as flmail.
Either way, his series of Ayreon concept records is one remarkable batch of music, utilizing over a dozen singers as well as five other musicians to realize his musical vision.
Musically, Ayreon wanders through pastures of mostly progressive and symphonic metal with a severe emphasis on melody.
www.ssmt-reviews.com /db/searchrev.php?artistID=112&showReview=true   (1284 words)

  
 Review: "Ayreon: The Human Equation (Special Edition)" - Sea of Tranquility - The Web Destination for Progressive Music!
For those new to the band, Ayreon is actually an ongoing series of rock operas conducted by Arjen Anthony Lucassen and he typically assembles a large group of guests to fulfill his conceptual fantasies.
One departure for Ayreon is the fact that the concept doesn’t involve science fiction (I’m discounting the joke at the end of the album) but rather tells a fairly involved story of a man lying in a hospital bed in a coma.
Ayreon have been criticized in the past for being over the top and pretentious and there is nothing on The Human Equation that will change such views.
www.seaoftranquility.org /reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=1484   (2702 words)

  
 Transcending the Mundane: Interview with Ayreon
He knew about Ayreon and gave me his email address but unfortunately he hasn't answered me. I haven't been able to contact the Coop yet.
Ayreon is much more varied, with many different styles like folk, prog, electronic, classical etc. influences and has a continuous storyline.
Star One focuses mainly on the metal side of Ayreon, has fewer singers and is much more straight forward both lyrically and musically.
www.basementbar.com /InterviewN1.asp?ID=462   (835 words)

  
 InsideOut Music America
Dutch hard rock innovator Arjen Anthony Lucassen is renowned for thought provoking, groundbreaking, and spiritually intriguing rock opera epics for nearly a decade through his immense undertakings with AYREON and the recent STAR ONE project – albums whose sonic vastness is matched by the unique melding of talent Lucassen handpicks to record them.
Having become known for otherworldly, fantasy-based science fiction epics as a sonic equivalent to legendary authors like Heinlein, Asimov, and Herbert, Arjen Lucassen decided to break away from the norm and explore the microcosmic realm of human emotion and the conflict that dwells within.
Since 1995, when I released my first Ayreon album, a lot of other Sci-Fi and Fantasy projects have surfaced, and stories like the Lord Of The Rings have become quite popular in the mainstream.
www.insideoutmusic.com /bands/band-ayreon.php   (767 words)

  
 No Life 'til Metal - CD Gallery - Ayreon
This was the first Ayreon album I have ever heard, and oh my, what an album it is. Progressive rock fans rejoice for your time has come.
I can't say that I am yet one of them, as Ayreon are a new band to me, but since I found this import for a mere $5 I decided to snag it.
However, Ayreon are not a throwback to the 70's either.
www.nolifetilmetal.com /ayreon.htm   (1233 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Human Equation [Regular Edition]: Music: Ayreon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
As with his previous "Ayreon" releases, the latest offering from the brilliant musical mind of Arjen Anthony Lucassen is both the prototype and benchmark of all modern Rock Operas.
The Human Equation is the sixth studio CD from Ayreon and it is by far the most grandiose to date.
Ayreon is not a band in the normal sense.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001YNK70?v=glance   (1913 words)

  
 Tartarean Desire Webzine - Arjen "Ayreon" Lucassen feature
Being the first Ayreon album, we are introduced to who is called by this name : a blind minstrel who lives in the sixth century.
Ambion stands for Ambiant Ayreon and is actually made of previous Ayreon compositions treated in a very ambiant mood.
To give you an idea of the musicians and singers, I shall tell you that throughout the different projects, people from bands like Symphony X, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Tiamat, After Forever were called in to contribute in the making of the jewels that adorned the King's crown.
www.tartareandesire.com /articles/ayreon.html   (746 words)

  
 Ayreon Biography
Originally Arjen called the minstrel of the first Ayreon album 'Aries', because he was an orphan and they named him after his star sign.
As each Ayreon CD features a large amount of different artists, it would technically and logistically be impossible to take Ayreon as a project on the road for a tour, though recently some Ayreon songs have been performed live by Arjen's Star One band.
But especially after the highly successful release of his third Ayreon CD, the rock opera 'Into the Electric Castle', many musicians and producers have followed in his footsteps and new rock operas with multiple singers are beginning to surface all over the world.
photo.sing365.com /music/lyric.nsf/Ayreon-Biography/6DB56DE7B353E62148256CE2001995DD   (771 words)

  
 Jukebox | Ayreon - Special Edition Reissues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Following the monumental release in early 2004 of The Human Equation, Arjen A. Lucassen, mastermind of the Ayreon project, has remastered and rereleased special editions of all 5 of the previous Ayreon masterpieces, in reverse order.
The first album is a thoroughly mellow affair with mostly female vocalists and a lot of acoustic (and some electric) guitar and piano work, whilst the second is a full-on heavy metal record, with guitar solos and heavy riffing to match.
If you’re coming to Ayreon from the Ambeon album, the first CD is very much like that in style, with similar amounts of guitar work.
jukebo.cx /archives/2005/05/05/ayreon-reissues   (1319 words)

  
 QDB: Quote #450963
Ayreon: You could have strung them up with your umthingy cord.
Ayreon: And now you've got the scar to prove it.
Ayreon: Hey now, you're the one with the chopped head.
www.bash.org /?450963   (241 words)

  
 AYREON The Final Experiment reviews and MP3   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Ayreon's first album, although not released under the band name at the time I understand, marks out the territory for future releases with a well crafted concept album full of good, if not memorable tunes (better was to come).
On "The Charm of the Seer", as Ayreon nears his impending doom, you can hear some influence from "Gethsemane" on Jesus Christ Superstar (cited by LUCASSEN as an influence) as here Ayreon prepares to go to what he knows will be his death.
For some reason the music is intolerably happy during the part where Ayreon is about to be run out of town...this is a lynch-mob, and the music should reflect the darkness of their hatred.
www.progarchives.com /Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=144   (2495 words)

  
 BLABBERMOUTH.NET - AYREON Mastermind Unveils STREAM OF PASSION
AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen has officially unveiled his new band STREAM OF PASSION, which also features singer Mexican singer Marcela Bovio, one of the vocalists on AYREON's 2004 rock opera "The Human Equation".
People were simply blown away." Arjen explains, "However, already when she was in my studio recording for the AYREON project, I realized that she had many more talents that I regretted not being able to use at that time.
Ayreon is good...but i really would not consider it 'metal'...human equation had all the famous singers in metal but the album collectively was more like a rock record to me...
www.roadrunnerrecords.com /blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=37076   (660 words)

  
 DPRP CD Reviews - Ayreon Roundtable Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Having said that I should also point out that I've had some doubts about the idea of releasing two Ayreon CDs on which the quieter, atmospheric songs would be crammed on one CD and the rougher tracks on another.
The somewhat lighter attitude of this track is a pleasant surprise in the midst of this overall moody atmosphere.
This compact trilogy is by far the best song Ayreon brings us this time and has to be reckoned a strong contender for 'best song of the year'.
www.dprp.vuurwerk.nl /reviews/ayreon.html   (4488 words)

  
 Star One featuring Ayreon: Intergalactic Space Crusaders visit Planet Earth
AI: The very diverse AYREON cd's you have released so far are all based on a concept that's quite unique for hard rock and metal: stories performed by a group of singers, each with their own character.
Ayreon: AYREON stories are always my own stories, and they are continuing stories throughout the cd.
Ayreon: Originally, it was meant as an individual project, but since it has been so successful there will certainly be a successor.
www.aural-innovations.com /issues/issue21/arjen02.html   (2025 words)

  
 BLABBERMOUTH.NET - AYREON: Two Songs From 'Final Experiment' Bonus Disc Available For Download
You can get the latest AYREON LIMITED versions 2CD with dvd as well as the single at at www.dynastymetalmusic.com as well as many other metal titles on cd and dvd.
ayreon is more of a progressive rock band.
The accuracy of the information contained herein is neither confirmed nor guaranteed by Roadrunner Records, and the views and opinions of authors expressed on these pages do not necessarily state or reflect those of Roadrunner Records or its employees.
www.roadrunnerrecords.com /blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=31940   (486 words)

  
 Ayreon - Planetblaze.com Forums
Arjen is the musicial mastermind in one of the greatest bands called Ayreon.
you will find out what great music really is, especially ayreon's new cd (which has not yet been released but i have it) but you will know they are great when you listen to them.
You would change your mind about Ayreon being boring if you heard the album that hasn't been released, i guess i'm the only who has heard it.
www.planetblaze.com /forum/index.php?showtopic=5930   (393 words)

  
 Ayreon - The Dream Sequencer
The previous Ayreon album was a huge success for a progressive rock album.
This is the softer side of Ayreon in which we have a stable band line up and, as always, a host of singers from many parts of the world.
As always it seems with Ayreon (Marillion also has this property) however much I know of them, it takes time for me to appreciate their music, but when it comes it comes forcefully.
www.cs.uu.nl /people/jur/reviews/thedreamsequencer.html   (941 words)

  
 JR.com: AYREON in Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Ayreon: Arjen Lucassen (guitar, keyboards, sound effects); Peter Vink (bass guitar); Ed Warby...
Ayreon: Arjen Lucassen (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, synthesizer, drums,...
Ayreon: Arjen Lucassen (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Hammond b-3 organ, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer).
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