23:22 - MetalDoomMaster As long as new quality content being posted (which there is often) the site will never be dead.
23:20 - MetalDoomMaster This is definitely my favorite and most frequented site. I may not be the most active member but I do love the site and will keep lurking forever. I'm sure there are a shitload of others doing the same as I am.
23:15 - yvesson Hej, well but I'll try and live a bit longer, and I'll try and save things I think are good.
23:00 - SSM Everything will end, we all die. No big deal. love MS btw.
22:28 - yvesson Hej, well you knwo, there is fessebouc and gogole, and some other sites I barely know, and most other old forums/sites lost their members, and there aren't much new people either.
21:42 - Apothecary ...but one thing I do know is that it's not as if the site is crumbling under our feet. The loyal have stayed loyal, and those genuinely interested in what MS is all about will stick around. And maybe that's all it takes
21:42 - Apothecary People talk often about how "the forums are dead" and "there aren't as many people as there used to be," and I don't really care tbh. Been here since 2010, so I don't even know if I lived through The Glory Days...
After announcing their upcoming The Theater Equation DVD, Ayreon have now signed with Mascot Label Group. For now, seven Ayreon studio albums are digitally available again at this location. According to mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen, this is just the beginning and you can expect more good news soon. Maybe a new Ayreon record is in the works?
A few years ago, we told you about Ayreon's The Human Equation Theater Experience, a full blown musical production of the band's legendary concept album The Human Equation with several guest vocalists. One of those sold-out special performances was recorded and The Theater Equation will be available on June 17th as a deluxe artbook version including Blu-ray, 2DVDs and 2CDs, as well as a special edition 2CD and DVD digipak, standalone Blu-ray and digital download. For those who couldn't witness it live, now you will be able to watch it at least!
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.