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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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  • metaloly999

    > Horrible artist , Lol , What ??

    26 Mar 1:43pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    Horrible artist.

    14 Mar 6:03pm Reply
  • EvanClark

    Does anyone have a link to a 320 version of the 4 track version of the album?

    26 Feb 7:07am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    congratulations for the Oscar

    23 Feb 10:52pm Reply
  • onlycharles

    Simply amazing!

    29 Jan 5:16pm Reply
  • vein666

    TToE > Human Equation, even though I love both albums. Great to know that Arjen is still in form!

    18 Jan 11:24am Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    what I like of Lucassen (specifically in Ayreon) is his ability of sounding fresh in every work he puts out, it is really impressive.

    16 Jan 2:09am Reply
  • progfly

    \\/ agree almost totally. TToE is my favorite though. anyways, I love how Arjen is constantly working on new stuff (:

    7 Jan 3:51pm Reply
  • Andy_warhola

    Personally "01011001" and "The Universal Migrator part 1" are my favorite albums... don't really feel the connection to "The Human Equation" and "The Theory of Everything", though it's still levels above most music nowadays.

    4 Jan 6:30pm Reply
  • samuelcrf

    Thank you, Arjen.

    3 Jan 4:29pm Reply
  • Dm169

    To the Quazar! Great 1

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MAST3-R

    "The Theory of Everything" is fuckin' great one of 2013 best albums (or maybe "the best !")

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • headgear56

    Easily becoming one of my favorite artist.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • supertruper

    powaliła mnie od nich muza super !!!!

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    In fact, I'd say some of Arjen's best melodies are on TTOE.

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    The Theory of Everything isn't as bombastic as his other albums, both in story and songwriting. It's written with a bit more Intermission like passages. Also it's a bit underwhelming with the number of singers. There are some damn great melodies and harmonies though. It's definitely far from unforgettable though.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • bonjovyborges

    fucking awesome

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    Heather "Love" Findlay: "Close your eyes, listen to your heart beat / Surrender to its soothing pulse / Silence the cries, gentle and carefree / Good or bad, true or false / You're not alone / You'll find me here whenever they oppose you / I am the strongest of them all / No need to fear these feelings that enclose you / I'm here to catch you when you fall / You're not alone / I am here dancing to your tune" Dammit, I always seem to get something in my eyes during this. :/

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    The Theory of Everything ♥ [3]

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • nikidaki

    Now i m listening ''into the electric castle'' sooooo damn good!

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
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