The Source, Ayreon

28 Apr

The Source is the ninth studio album from Ayreon, a progressive metal/rock opera project by Dutch musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, released on April 28, 2017. It is a concept album, as every Ayreon album is, where each character is portrayed by one singer. Unlike it’s predecessor, The Theory of Everything, The Source returns to the science fiction theme and acts as a prequel to 01011001, making it the first album in the storyline’s chronology.

The Source tells the origins of 'Forever', an alien race central to the Ayreon storyline. The album is set in four parts, referred to as "Chronicles" in the booklet, where each chronicle features writings by The Historian, James LaBrie who provides details about the story.

Eleven guest singers are featured to portray the characters across the album. And although Lucassen usually prefers to work only once with a same singer in Ayreon, he selected mostly returning performers for The Source – Including James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Simone Simons (Epica), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder), and Russell Allen (Symphony X), together with newcomers such as Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me).

Coincidentally, Floor wanted to be a Biologist when she was a child, which Arjen didn’t know :-) 

Listen to Floor interpret The Biologist, and get your copy in the Ayreon Shop.