Saturday, November 16, 2013

CD Review: Ayreon--The Theory Of Everything(Released October 29th)Inside Out Music


This is one complex and very thematic album from the start we can tell it will be different from most of what is out there in the music world, lets have a closer look.
For the starting look we can see that there are 42 songs on this album that in itself shows that there is more than meets the eye this is something amazing.
Then there is the complexity of the range of artists that are along for the ride.
(Below was copied from Ayreon's Website)



(in order of appearance)
JB (Grand Magus) as The Teacher
Sara Squadrani (Ancient Bards) as The Girl
Michael Mills (Toehider) as The Father
Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) as The Mother
Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder) as The Prodigy
Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot) as The Rival
John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson) as The Psychiatrist


Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Gorefest) – drums
Rick Wakeman (Yes) – keyboards
Keith Emerson (Emerson Lake and Palmer) – keyboards
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) – keyboards
Steve Hackett (Genesis) – lead guitar
Troy Donockley (Nightwish) – Whistles, Uilleann pipes
Ben Mathot (Dis) –violin
Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky) – cello
Jeroen Goossens (Flairck) – flute , bass flute, piccolo, bamboo flute and contrabass flute
Siddharta Barnhoorn – orchestrations
Michael Mills (Toehider) – Irish Bouzouki
Wilmer Waarbroek – backing vocals
Arjen Anthony Lucassen – electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, mandolin, analog synthesizers,
Hammond, Solina Strings
This is an absolute joy to listen to and review although it would take hours to review the scope of music here is as diverse as reading as book of short stories each vocalist adding their different stories and styles and the overall incredible music played by a great group of talented people brings a symphonic sound that gives me goosebumps and so masterfully played by all involved.
There are those artists that go beyond the expectations of what is already out in the world of music and creates something of their own and the creative genius behind all of this is:
Arjen Anthony Lucassen who's last album "Lost In The New Real" was on my years best last year.
He has been kind enough to let me know that his new album was out through Facebook.
He sent this in August:

I finished my new Ayreon album and I'm going through thousands of old friends requests here, Anthony! But yeah... just thought I'd let you know that Facebook doesn't allow me to add more friends because of the limit Anyway... thanks and let's just be unofficial friends then!

I wrote back:

Who is it released through as I did review your last album and gave it 5 out of 5 stars . would love to have a listen to the new album. Thanks for contacting me that was nice of you.

You're welcome, Anthony, my pleasure. It will be released through Inside Out / Century Media again. Hope you will enjoy it. looking forward to reading your review again!

The video above  in itself explains how this became so epic and adventure and I thank him once again for being such an artist that plays by his heart and not so much for what might be able to be played on radio or as he says You Tube.

For him to get all these incredibly talented people to be guests on his album is also amazing I cannot state this enough this is an absolute joy to listen to, thanks to all involved.
It is because of artists of this caliber that there is still hope for music these days for those that always turn on the radio and hear the same songs everyday-turn it off and turn your ears onto something that they and your heart will ever be thankful for doing so.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

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