Into the Electric Castle is a progressive metal two-disc album released in 1998 by Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen A. Lucassen, and is the third album of his Ayreon project.
After the previous Ayreon album, Actual Fantasy, sold below expectations, Arjen sought to deliver a top-quality recording, or else it might mean the end of his Ayreon project. Into the Electric Castle tells a dynamic sci-fi story featuring over the top, exaggerated characters, and features an incredibly diverse array of musical styles, including progressive rock, metal, folk, electronic, psychedelic, pop, gothic, blues, and jazz. The end result was received with critical acclaim, and sold very well.
In 2004, Arjen moved to a new record label, InsideOut Germany, and with this move came re-issues of all the previous Ayreon releases, including Into the Electric Castle. The special edition re-issue came with two Quicktime videos in which Arjen looks back at the creation and production of this recording, as well as some exclusive audio clips.
Edwin Balogh (as Roman)
Sharon den Adel (as Indian)
Jay van Feggelen (as Barbarian)
Fish (as Highlander)
Anneke van Giersbergen (as Egyptian)
Arjen A. Lucassen (as Hippie)
Edward Reekers (as Futureman)
Damian Wilson (as Knight)
Robert Westerholt (as Death)
Peter Daltrey (as Forever of the Stars)
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