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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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  • Sanity_Theorist

    Universal Migrator is seriously blowing my fucking mind! I like the difference between styles on both discs, too. Awesome organ lines, stunning vocals, strong rhythms, captivating lead guitar effects...loving every minute!

    3 hours ago Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Didn't get into this guy the first time around, but Star One and Dream Sequencer are both pretty awesome. Dan Swano leads to some pretty awesome finds...

    24 May 11:09pm Reply
  • Izhorian

    One of the great geniuses in metal :3

    23 May 12:40pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    "Horrible artist." I don't know man, I think you're being too harsh. 7/10 IMO. I'd do him

    14 May 9:08pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    v So what does that mean?

    14 May 9:02pm Reply
  • Piotr1981

    WOW, The Human Equation dominates the top 15 tracks list (11/15 tracks for the "last 6 months" time frame)

    9 May 10:29am Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    "The Theory of Everything" is fuckin' great.

    6 May 5:47pm Reply
  • vein666

    Damn, where the fuck does Arjen come from? Can rock music be any better than this?

    3 May 7:51pm Reply
  • vein666

    love Day Twelve: Trauma [2] Exactly my thought right now.

    2 May 11:59am Reply
  • xVTSWx

    "That's just sad." For the "self-proclaimed esthetes" like you – yes, it is.

    28 Apr 7:01pm Reply
  • roaddog23

    love Day Twelve: Trauma

    13 Apr 1:35am Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    "I can enjoy Godflesh, Swans, Techno Animal and other industrial stuff you like as well as Ayreon and similars" That's just sad.

    11 Apr 2:25pm Reply
  • dupiruka

    congratulations for the Oscar [2] LOL

    10 Apr 2:52pm Reply
  • xVTSWx

    @CriticalSwitch, you should be more open-minded. I can enjoy Godflesh, Swans, Techno Animal and other industrial stuff you like as well as Ayreon and similars. It all depends on my mood.

    8 Apr 6:24pm Reply
  • parmahn

    I think CriticalSwitch is talking about Arjens painting skills. They leave a lot to be desired.

    1 Apr 5:20pm Reply
  • 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
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