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Hilversum, Netherlands (1995 – present)

Ayreon is a project started by Dutch composer and musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen in 1995. Based in Hilversum, Netherlands, Ayreon’s musical style derives mostly from and , but combines them with genres like , and . The majority of Ayreon’s albums are dubbed a “” with an ongoing science fiction storyline featuring a host of characters, usually with each one being represented by a unique vocalist.

Ayreon’s music is characterized by the use of traditional instruments in music (guitars, bass guitar, drums, analogue synthesizers, electric organs) mixed with instruments more native to and music (e.g. mandolins, violins, violas, celli, flutes, sitars and didgeridoo). Lucassen writes the music and the lyrics, sings and plays instruments on all of the Ayreon albums, alongside many guest musicians. His most regular collaborator is drummer Ed Warby.

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  • DeadwingDuck

    I wonder if Last.FM is ever going to fix the Ayreon/Aureon weirdness.

    4 Apr 12:26am Reply
  • MG0rdo

    The Theory of Everything ♥

    20 Mar 7:45am Reply
  • gspanjers

    [I reckon the amount of tracks on his latest is a sinister ploy to get him to the top of my most listened list.] I wish, the spotify version consists of only 4 tracks for the entire album, it's hurting my playcount big time:)

    19 Mar 1:57pm Reply
  • MG0rdo

    The Theory of Everything... My god... I don't think I'm even exaggerating when I call this album EPIC! [4]

    12 Mar 6:52am Reply
  • Da3mon

    The Theory of Everything... My god... I don't think I'm even exaggerating when I call this album EPIC! [3]

    3 Mar 12:52am Reply
  • Brutha2

    It worked.

    25 Feb 10:09pm Reply
  • Probocop

    I reckon the amount of tracks on his latest is a sinister ploy to get him to the top of my most listened list.

    24 Feb 10:49am Reply
  • headgear56

    The more I listen, the more I like.

    2 Feb 12:41am Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    For Ayreon fans >> The Theory of Everything (album)

    28 Jan 9:32pm Reply
  • ManOfMuchMetal

    I awarded 'The Theory of Everything' a spot in my Top 20 of 2013. Here's why: http://wp.me/p2Hn3C-cJ

    23 Jan 7:28am Reply
  • headgear56

    arjen lucassen is a genius

    20 Jan 11:14pm Reply
  • Maah365

    The Theory of Everything... My god... I don't think I'm even exaggerating when I call this album EPIC! [2]

    12 Jan 7:45pm Reply
  • necrohammer

    The Theory of Everything... My god... I don't think I'm even exaggerating when I call this album EPIC!

    11 Jan 7:19am Reply
  • AirShaman

    Into the Electric Castle is by far the best Ayreon album, it has such a nice ambiance to it...

    10 Jan 3:29pm Reply
  • sawworm

    The Theory of Everything is pretty much the best thing ever. [4]

    6 Jan 9:40pm Reply
  • TheProgRockFan

    The Theory Of Everything is surely one of the best prog albums of 2013 with The Raven... by Steven Wilson and The Snow Goose Re-Recorded by Camel

    4 Jan 2:15pm Reply
  • Omegasphere

    I ended up turning Theory of Everything into just 4 tracks and am much happier. Tracks were so fragmented that it reminded me of Catch-33

    1 Jan 1:23am Reply
  • SS_Slayer92

    The Theory of Everything is pretty much the best thing ever. [3]

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pkmetal

    Ths Thsphry phf Svsrpsthipg?

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Thorens

    After listening to it about ten times I can safely say it's the first album that equals "The Human Equation". Pure genius right there.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
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