Into the Electric Castle

Label
InsideOut Music
Release date
29 Sep 2006
Running length
17 tracks
Running time
109:38

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Welcome to the New Dimension 3:06 25,020
2 Isis and Osiris 11:12 25,173
3 Amazing Flight 10:16 22,438
4 Time Beyond Time 6:04 23,613
5 The Decision Tree (We're Alive) 6:23 18,358
6 Tunnel of Light 4:05 22,428
7 Across the Rainbow Bridge 8:51 22,607
1 The Garden of Emotions 9:41 17,110
2 Valley of the Queens 2:25 23,957
3 The Castle Hall 5:49 23,490
4 Tower of Hope 4:53 20,138
5 Cosmic Fusion 7:27 17,228
6 The Mirror Maze 6:34 15,694
7 Evil Devolution 6:30 18,968
8 The Two Gates 6:28 20,583
9 Forever of the Stars 2:02 12,212
10 Another Time, Another Space 7:52 18,305

About this album

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.

Cast:
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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  • nicolasbj

    masterpiece

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Abomination317

    v exactly. It is one album composed on a two discs. What's the problem?

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • chryseis

    Ugh. Who's genius idea was it combine to CD1 and CD2? There's two discs not one.

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • CrybKeeper

    I will simply repeat what Progbeetle said: "This really is an amazing album. And it's not cheesy at all when you think of it as a fairy tale. That's how it's supposed to sound... for me anyway. I think it is the most imaginative of Ayreon's albums and my personal favourite. It always gives me goosebumps... the crisp sound... the composition... the vocals... Yes, please!" [2]

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DarkBarni

    The Best!

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • progbeetle

    This really is an amazing album. And it's not cheesy at all when you think of it as a fairy tale. That's how it's supposed to sound... for me anyway. I think it is the most imaginative of Ayreon's albums and my personal favourite. It always gives me goosebumps... the crisp sound... the composition... the vocals... Yes, please!

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • escruting

    Anyone finds the CD2 a lot better than the first? With the exception of "Isis and Osiris".

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • zxc2323

    I go giddy with joy when I think of this album.

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • t3hoLaama

    One of the best ever!

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • de9ka

    "they need to make a movie out of this" -> nooo, I think that ITEC has a storyline as the computer game:D I would like to play this game;)

    26 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Izhorian

    a masterpiece

    14 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Rowan5215

    they need to make a movie out of this >_> [2] And all of Ayreon's albums with it.

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Drifting_Sands

    God does exist and his name is Arjen Anthony Lucassen!

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
  • AlexboyCO

    This is music history! Every song is great!

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • nathinha_123

    fucking brilliant masterpiece!

    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • fry1077

    they need to make a movie out of this >_>

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • niespodziewanka

    Anneke, Arjen, Wilson, Westerholt, Oosthoek, Balogh - my favs here.

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • der_ketzer

    Overrated

    4 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Emtay13

    Underrated, imo...

    3 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Derek14014

    I explained this album to my design teacher, and he responded with "Sounds alot like D&D"

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
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