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Guilt Machine is the latest side project by Ayreon mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Also responsible for Ambeon, Star One, Ayreon and Stream of Passion), with the debut album, titled “On This Perfect Day”.

As Ayreon fans have come to expect from Arjen, the music of Guilt Machine ranges from dark and heavy to atmospheric and melancholic. But Guilt Machine introduces some new twists as well, particularly when it comes to the vocals. Rather than putting together an ensemble cast of vocalists from the prog, rock and metal scene, Arjen has enlisted the talents of a single alternative rock vocalist, Jasper Steverlinck.

For Guilt Machine Arjen also chose to record with a different drummer, Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree).

Rather than the explicit storyline you would expect in an Ayreon release, the songs of Guilt Machine revolve around a central theme. Instead of looking outward into a world of fantasy or science fiction, the songs look inward, exploring the destructive psychology of guilt, regret and the darkest form of secret — the secrets we hide from ourselves.

Despite these differences, Guilt Machine still has much in common with Ayreon. The songs are mainly long, “epic” tracks that feature dynamic contrasts between softer, dreamy sections and powerful, heavy passages. There are intricate harmonies, complex rhythms, soaring melodies, and an eclectic selection of instruments — all what you’d expect from an Ayreon release.

The art for the cover and booklet was created by Christophe Dessaigne, a talented new artist whom Arjen discovered (quite by chance) while browsing Flickr. Coincidentally, it turned out that Chris is an Ayreon fan, and was thrilled beyond belief when he was asked to do the artwork.


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  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Guilt Machine

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • chitus23

    Green And Cream & Perfection? > very refined and varied songs that aptly memorable

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • JPclone

    I love this album, deep and melancholy.

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • AnachronicCrow

    It's a shame this didn't do better. It's one of the few Arjen projects/albums that I still listen to regularly. Jasper sounds better here than in Arid too, imo.

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • fableofdream

    Mhhh I remember not liking the album when it first came out either but I'm listening to it again and I now feel retarded. It's not my favourite album Arjen has done but it's a lot better than what I remembered.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • KevinBouchard

    It is an album that really seems common and far from extraordinary at first. However, past that step, more we listen to it, and more we can appreciate the profound emotion embeded in each of the piece. Arjen was able to exploit the best of Jasper voice. It is a masterpiece.

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    For the longest time this album just never connected with me. I remmeber first listening to it in 09. I was still fairly new to Metal at the time (only been listening to 3 years at the time). At the time I was only looking for the brutalist of brutal, so it never hit me like his stuff in Ayreon. But coming back to it now.. Woah.. wtf was I thinking!? It's one of his best albums to date!

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SDFprowler

    Perfection? I think so.

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • pinkiiiFR

    i realy need a new album , please :(

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bossbrew

    Couldn't agree more Stoat, a second album would make my year.

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • StoatBox

    2nd album plox

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • ikd-sj

    =twisted coil= respect ヾ(@゜▽゜@)ノ

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Bookman1974

    Better than anything Arjen has done as Ayreon.

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • Dyomaeth

    It's the best Arjen has ever done, easily. Jasper is a very underrated vocalist and it really suits Arjen to make music like that. Too bad Arjen won't make another Guilt Machine album, since On This Perfect Day didn't sell well.

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • metalphil

    This record is easily the best of 2009 and the finest record from the second half of the 2000s (tied with Orphaned Land's last one).

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • StoatBox

    That sucks, it's my favourite Arjen album ;_;

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • FelipeTerry

    Yeah, probably he won't make more Guilt Machine Albuns =/. He said the people didn't get it, and didn't sold well.

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • manynotes2

    Hello all, if you like rock/metal opera including guest musicians and singers, check Road to Consciousness. The album can be downloaded for FREE here :

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
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