After an appetizing teaser, the time has come for a full extract of music to be revealed from the new Ayreon double album The Theory Of Everything. With not long to go till the album is released on October 28th via Inside Out Music, you can now hear a 4-minute extract from the 20-plus minute track "Phase 1: Singularity". At least it is something. Enjoy!
And so the time has come for Ayreon fans to discover what the long-awaited The Theory Of Everything album will sound like. Arjen Lucassen, in fact, just posted a YouTube video of the official album trailer, which you can enjoy below. The album will be released on October 28th via Inside Out, and will feature many guest artists, that you can read all about here. Take it all in.
After revealing the new album's cover artwork a few days ago, Arjen Lucassen now revealed the tracklist for the new Ayreon double album The Theory Of Everything and why complain? The album will be divided into four main parts, 42 songs, and two discs. Now that the pieces are all coming together, we just need to hear the music. Stay tuned for that.
After revealing the guest list for the new album, Ayreon's mastermind Arjen Lucassen unveiled today the cover art for the new double release which will be titled The Theory Of Everything. The cover was painted again by Jef Bertels and you can take a look at it below.
UPDATE: [Thanks to andreosokin]: As some of you already know, new guests have been announced for Ayreon's new double album The Theory Of Everything. As usual, Arjen Anthony Lucassen is surrounded by a constellation of stars and this time it is no different. Since the last update, Arjen has announced three new guests: progressive rock legend keyboardist Rick Wakeman (Yes), the first female singer is Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and the final keyboardist is Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater).
Arjen Lucassen, aka Ayreon, has recently uploaded some more excerpts from the new album The Theory Of Everything on YouTube, revealing the first guest singer. This post was a part of the "guessing contest" on his Facebook page, and more excerpts with other singers are awaited soon. Regarding the first part, the majority of fans instantly guessed Marco Hietala (Tarot, Nightwish, Northern Kings) which has been confirmed today as the first guest on the album. The video can be found below.
And the plot thickens... Arjen Lucassen, prog demi-god, kindly let us know in a funny video last October that he had started work on a new Ayreon album to be released in 2013. While the guest musicians are still unknown, it was revealed today that the new album will be entitled The Theory Of Everything, following 01011001.
It's official: Arjen Anthony Lucassen, prog guru, is working on a new Ayreon album. The new studio record is scheduled to be released next year. Arjen found an interesting way to make the announcement by releasing a hilarious video, which can now be seen below. It has been a while since Ayreon released their latest album 01011001 back in 2008.
The latest news from the Electric Castle is that Arjen has just put the finishing touches on the forthcoming Ayreon 3CD + DVD compilation album, TIMELINE.
"I've been asked many times before to release an Ayreon compilation album, but it just didn’t feel right to present fragmented bits of story by lifting individual songs out of their greater contexts. However, my attitude changed after I completed my 2008 album 01011001, in which I connected all the previous Ayreon releases, musically as well as lyrically. Having completed the circle, so to speak, it seemed like a fitting time to put all things Ayreon into perspective and create an Ayreon timeline outlining the entire story."
Audio samples from "Elected" EP — a collaboration between Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) and Tobias Sammet (Avantasia) — are available at this location.
More information about this EP was previously reported here.
"Elected" EP will be release by InsideOut Music/SPV (April 25 for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, April 28 for the rest of Europe).
Ayreon official website have published a press-release about a new Ayreon EP to be released at the end of April 2008 called "Elected."
On January 25, 2008 the rock operas of Arjen Lucassen and Tobias Sammet, respectively Ayreon's "01011001" and Avantasia's "The Scarecrow," were released simultaneously. The music press, always eager for a story, called this event the "Clash of the Titans," gleefully portraying the two musicians as bitter rivals and urging each to comment on the other in countless interviews. There was much speculation about which album would be more successful, but upon release both albums immediately charted in several countries around the world. When asked about the so-called rivalry, Arjen explains: "I'd not yet even heard Tobias's album, but when I found out he'd managed to get my all-time favourite artist Alice Cooper to guest on The Scarecrow, I totally freaked out and sent a hate-mail to Tobias's MySpace. Fortunately, he never received it."
A four minute preview of the upcoming Ayreon album called 01011001 has been posted on Arjen A. Lucassen's MySpace and features a glimpse into the studio and previews of the songs.
The preview, created by D'iMages, also features all singers (like Jonas Renkse - Katatonia, Hansi Kursch - Blind Guardian, Floor Jansen - After Forever, Jorn Lande, Anneke van Giersbergen, Tom Englund - Evergrey, Daniel Gildenlow - Pain Of Salvation) and instrumentalists and album art.
Ayreon's official web site (here) is currently premiering "Beneath The Waves", a stunning CGI film produced by Simon van Vegten. The film was made to accompany the song of the same name from the upcoming Ayreon album, "01011001", which is scheduled for release on January 28 via InsideOut Music. The "Beneath The Waves" movie with 5.1 mix will be included as one of many bonus DVD features on "01011001".
"01011001"will be available in three editions:
- a regular two-CD edition with a 28 page booklet.
- a special edition: a box containing the regular 2CD edition and a bonus DVD.
- a deluxe limited edition, a DVD size fold-out case with embossed silver lettering on the slipcase. This edition contains the 2 CDs and a bonus DVD plus a 36 page booklet with additional artwork.
Here is the official teaser trailer for the upcoming Ayreon release "01011001". Featuring vocalists from Katatonia, Evergrey, Pain Of Salvation, Magnum, Blind Guardian, Gotthard, Dial, Gathering, Epica, King's X, After Forever, Jorn Lande and more.
"01011001" release dates:
- January 23rd: Asia
- January 25th: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
- January 28th: Europe
- January 29th: U.S and Canada
UPDATED on 2 Dec. (thanks to White Winter Sun):
A new song from the upcoming album has been put online. Click here to check it out. The song is called "The Fifth Extinction" and is the same track that was put online as a demo last July (then without the vocals). Check the blog about the demo here.
The full tracklist for the new Ayreon double disc release "01011001" has been announced. It is as follows:
CD1 - Y:
01. Age Of Shadows (incl. "We Are Forever')
03. Liquid Eternity
04. Connect The Dots
05. Beneath The Waves
(a) Beneath The Waves
(b) Face The Facts
(c) But A Memory...
(d) World Without Walls
(e) Reality Bleeds
06. Newborn Race
(a) The Incentive
(b) The Vision
(c) The Procedure
(d) Another Life
(e) Newborn Race
(f) The Conclusion
07. Ride The Comet
08. Web Of Lies
Disc 2 - Earth:
01. The Fifth Extinction
(a) Glimmer of Hope
(b) World of Tomorrow Dreams
(c) Collision Course
(d) From the Ashes
(e) Glimmer of Hope (reprise)
02. Waking Dreams
03. The Truth Is In Here