01011001, Ayreon

07 Feb

With his Ayreon project, legendary multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and vocalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen single-handedly revived the rock opera genre in the 1990s. Since then, Ayreon has achieved worldwide critical acclaim and success with albums charting in various countries. The seventh Ayreon output, 01011001 released in 2008, finds Lucassen both exploring new musical frontiers and revisiting his roots.

01011001 depicts the story of ‘Forever’, a race of aquatic beings living on Planet Y, that through technological advancement has found the secret of longevity. They have advanced to the point that they have become completely dependent on machines and are losing their emotions. A passing comet on a collision course with Planet Earth provides the opportunity to revitalize their race; ‘Forever’ harness the comet to carry their DNA to a new home on Earth. When the comet and Earth collide, the cataclysmic impact exterminates the dinosaurs (the Fifth Extinction), but from the ashes of destruction, humans arise. At first, the experiment with seeded DNA seems successful: through the humans ‘Forever’ vicariously relive the emotions they experienced before the age of machines. In order to help mankind overcome their physical ailments and mental limitations, ‘Forever’ speeds up human evolution. But the result is tragic: people develop a similar technological dependency with their emotions waning just like ‘Forever’ and moral development not keeping pace with their capacity to invent. ‘Forever’ must find a way to save mankind from its imminent self-destruction… or should they?

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Instrumentalists

Arjen Lucassen
Guitar, keyboards, synths, bass guitar, programming
Ed Warby(Gorefest)
Drums
Lori Linstruth
Guitar solo

Michael Romeo
Guitar solo
Derek Sherinian
(Planet X)

Keyboard solo
Tomas Bodin
(The Flower Kings)
Keyboard solo
Joost van den Broek
(After Forever)

Keyboard solo and piano
Jeroen Goossens
(Flairck)

Flutes
Ben Mathot
(Dis)

Violin


David Faber
 Cello


Vocalists

Forever

Hansi Kursch
Blind Guardian

Daniel Gildenlöw
Pain of Salvation

Tom S. Englund
Evergrey

Jonas Renkse
Katatonia

Jorn Lande
Anneke van Giersbergen
Agua de Annique
ex-Gathering

Steve Lee
Gotthard

Bob Catley
Magnum

Floor Jansen
After Forever

Magali Luyten
Virus IV


Man

Simone Simons
Epica

Phideaux Xavier
Phideaux

Wudstik
Marjan Welman
Elister
Autumn

Liselotte Hegt
Dial

Arjen Lucassen
Ty Tabor
King’s X