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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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  • Aki_Kato

    Hello, everyone! listen my new albums and download! atmospheric, experimental metal http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Aki+Kato

    26 Sep 5:26am Reply
  • bonjovyborges

    fucking awesome

    24 Sep 12:56pm 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 5:02pm Reply
  • Aki_Kato

    Hi. My new album available for download! Listen it full. Post-Rock, Atmospheric-metal http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Aki+Kato

    14 Sep 9:00am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    The Theory of Everything ♥ [3]

    21 Aug 4:45am Reply
  • nikidaki

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

    9 Aug 9:29pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    the theory of everything is far from forgettable once you have properly gotten into it. It took me a couple of listens to fully appreciate it.

    3 Aug 6:52pm Reply
  • Nerdenberg

    Somehow totally not impressed by The Theory of Everything. Except for maybe 2 or 4 tracks, the vocals are weak and the same goes for the lyrics.

    29 Jul 8:51pm Reply
  • CptQwark

    Electric Castle is Arjen's best album to date.

    11 Jul 3:44am Reply
  • Mastah_Ev

    I just enjoyed idea of electric castle more than theory of everything. It's overcomplicated. Also I would like ten six-minute songs rather then 4 that each last for 15 min

    9 Jul 9:15am Reply
  • wicked-mystic

    I seem to be alone in my dislike of Theory of Everything. I think the concept is weak, the lyrics are cheesy but not in a good way, and the music itself is mostly forgettable. Different strokes I guess.

    9 Jul 12:47am Reply
  • Piske81

    @ Mastah_Ev ...What? "Electric Castle" is in the same fantasy vein as the other disks, if not even more! Surely more than Theory of Everything...

    6 Jul 11:17pm Reply
  • yanya-dt

    Realization track is killing me ^^

    12 Jun 7:52pm Reply
  • dreamforever05

    The Theory of Everything?

    10 Jun 4:27am Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Epic.

    8 Jun 3:29pm Reply
  • ricz_dm

    Ayreon is a project about "fantasy mambo jambo" over time and space at all.

    5 Jun 1:59pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    he's been doing that "fantasy mambo jambo" since the final experiment

    28 May 3:58pm Reply
  • Mastah_Ev

    I wish he could do something similiar to Electric Castle, probably my fav, all that fantasy mambo jambo he's doing lately just don't suits me

    27 May 6:51am Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    The final experiment is SO FUCKING GOOD! Another masterpiece in his already flawless discography. Could this man do no wrong?

    21 May 2:27am Reply
  • bluesoul00

    masterpiece!

    4 May 1:14pm Reply
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