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Re: Ayreon / Other Arjen Lucassen Projects Thread
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Re: Ayreon / Other Arjen Lucassen Projects Thread
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Re: Ayreon / Other Arjen Lucassen Projects Thread
« Reply #142 on: December 20, 2011, 10:38:30 AM »
Just now playing the bonus disc. 14 acoustic versions of ambeon and Ayreon songs. And they´re awesome!

What a talented singer this girl was.  :hefdaddy
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« Reply #143 on: December 20, 2011, 02:58:57 PM »
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Re: Ayreon / Other Arjen Lucassen Projects Thread
« Reply #144 on: December 20, 2011, 03:37:48 PM »
Well, she doesn't do music anymore, so it makes a sort of sense to refer to her that way.

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Re: Ayreon / Other Arjen Lucassen Projects Thread
« Reply #145 on: December 20, 2011, 03:41:06 PM »
Oh... why would you give up on music? Meh. FIrst thought that came to my mind was that she was dead or something.

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Re: Ayreon / Other Arjen Lucassen Projects Thread
« Reply #146 on: December 20, 2011, 11:23:46 PM »
Sorry, should have clarified. She´s taken up painting as her main ´creative outlet´ appearantly. Shame, really.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #148 on: February 23, 2012, 09:48:38 AM »
That looks very cool! Looking foward to hear what thy master has created!  :yarr
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #149 on: February 23, 2012, 10:22:07 AM »
SCHWING!!!!  In transit now, but must check link and release date when I'm back at a computer.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #150 on: February 23, 2012, 10:29:19 AM »
Interesting that he's calling it a solo album. Didn't he write absolutely everything for his other projects anyway?
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #151 on: February 23, 2012, 10:56:47 AM »
Interesting that he's calling it a solo album. Didn't he write absolutely everything for his other projects anyway?

Devin Townsend wanted to do the same, having different monikers.

I'd have to hear more about this.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #152 on: February 23, 2012, 11:16:21 AM »
Interesting that he's calling it a solo album. Didn't he write absolutely everything for his other projects anyway?

I might be wrong, but I think he's doing all of the vocals on this one too. Which is what would make it more "solo".
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #153 on: February 23, 2012, 02:01:48 PM »
Interesting that he's calling it a solo album. Didn't he write absolutely everything for his other projects anyway?

I might be wrong, but I think he's doing all of the vocals on this one too. Which is what would make it more "solo".

I heard the same thing. 

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #154 on: February 23, 2012, 06:56:06 PM »
I like his vocals, and am looking forward to this more than another Ayreon album.

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #155 on: March 27, 2012, 07:58:57 AM »
http://store.arjenlucassen.com/newreal.html

Some awesome bundles for our European friends. Unfortunately the cost to the states is unreal. $42 after conversion for the bundle isn't too bad, but the shipping is then another 25 euro, or about $32, making it total around $74.

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« Reply #156 on: March 27, 2012, 08:47:48 AM »
http://store.arjenlucassen.com/newreal.html

Some awesome bundles for our European friends. Unfortunately the cost to the states is unreal. $42 after conversion for the bundle isn't too bad, but the shipping is then another 25 euro, or about $32, making it total around $74.

Agreed, although I was looking at the CD bundle, and with shipping to Maryland, it came to 42 Euro, making it about $58 USD. Still pretty pricey, and I would love to get the t-shirt, so I might have to wait another week or two to pre-order this (still have to pre-order Storm Corrosion as well, in addition to one or two more new albums coming out soon). The bundles look great, though!

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #157 on: March 27, 2012, 10:45:42 AM »
I really don't want this to be a complete failure, but I worry. The strength of Ayreon and Star One is very much dependent on the wealth of vocal talent in the mix.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #158 on: March 27, 2012, 02:26:05 PM »
I completely expect that Arjen will have written music with his own voice in mind, and while the vocal talent certainly won't be there, I think the music he writes will make great use of his voice. Sorta like Kevin Moore in OSI.

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #159 on: March 27, 2012, 06:19:39 PM »
I completely expect that Arjen will have written music with his own voice in mind, and while the vocal talent certainly won't be there, I think the music he writes will make great use of his voice. Sorta like Kevin Moore in OSI.

That's what I'm worried about. I dislike OSI.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #160 on: March 27, 2012, 08:30:03 PM »
So I'm looking for some advice here...

Ayreon is relatively new to me. I only have one album (the Human Equation), and I have really enjoyed it for the past few months. I am now curious to expand my collection further. What album would you guys suggest I check out next? Do they all tend to be near the same level of quality, or does anyone stand out above the rest?

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #161 on: March 27, 2012, 08:43:43 PM »
The Human Equation is pretty much agreed upon to be Arjen's masterpiece, whether with Ayreon or otherwise, so start there.

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« Reply #162 on: March 27, 2012, 08:45:15 PM »
Now that I have started there, and thoroughly enjoy it, do you have any suggestions as to what I should check out next?
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #163 on: March 27, 2012, 08:48:53 PM »
Wow, sorry, I somehow hopped over that part when reading it the first time. :lol

In any case I'd say your next best best is Into the Electric Castle and either of the Star One albums.

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« Reply #164 on: March 27, 2012, 08:59:09 PM »
Wow, sorry, I somehow hopped over that part when reading it the first time. :lol

In any case I'd say your next best best is Into the Electric Castle and either of the Star One albums.

I agree. Into The Electric Castle was his breakthrough album, and it solidified his presence in modern prog history, IMO. After that, you could venture on to the 2-part album Universal Migrator, whose two parts are titled The Dream Sequencer (a more moody, Floydian spacey/jammy album) and Flight Of The Migrator (a more balls-to-the-wall prog-metal beast).

If you can get through those albums, then I'd suggest getting 01011001 and his first album The Final Experiment. Both are pretty good, but the latter a bit same-y to me, while the former is a bit dated-sounding, but it helps complete the over-arching concept and story behind the Ayreon albums.

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« Reply #165 on: March 27, 2012, 09:13:59 PM »
Thanks a lot for the suggestions. I think I will go ahead and order Into the Electric Castle.
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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #166 on: March 28, 2012, 06:01:01 AM »
01011001 would be my choice. The concept won't make much sense at first, but it's much more accessible from a musical standpoint. I had trouble getting through ITEC and the Migrator albums at first because there's a lot of really forgettable stuff peppered about. Oh, and Final Experiment would be 10x better if the song "Banishment" was shelved completely. Eyes of Time, Sail Away to Avalon, and Merlin's Will are all absolutely stellar.
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« Reply #168 on: March 28, 2012, 08:49:50 AM »
Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVJSvW80CyU
I... What..?

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« Reply #169 on: March 28, 2012, 08:57:27 AM »
Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVJSvW80CyU

Just watched this! Sounds awesome! Definitely a return-to-Ayreon sound for Arjen! He says it fits into the Ayreon storyline so I'm intrigued as to how it will mesh with the pre-existing concept! Also - "Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin"  :rollin

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Re: Ayreon/Arjen Lucassen Thread (New solo album cover released)
« Reply #170 on: March 28, 2012, 09:17:36 AM »
That was cheesier than that Christopher Lee Metal thing.

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« Reply #171 on: March 28, 2012, 09:35:06 AM »
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« Reply #172 on: March 28, 2012, 09:38:37 AM »
That was cheesier than that Christopher Lee Metal thing.

Having heard the Christopher Lee metal thing....no, it wasn't. Arjen at least doesn't take himself seriously. That Christopher Lee cd took itself very seriously.
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« Reply #173 on: March 28, 2012, 10:05:23 AM »
That was cheesier than that Christopher Lee Metal thing.

Having heard the Christopher Lee metal thing....no, it wasn't. Arjen at least doesn't take himself seriously. That Christopher Lee cd took itself very seriously.

I'm speaking only of the trailers. You listened to the whole thing? ....... But why?

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« Reply #174 on: March 28, 2012, 10:14:15 AM »
So I'm looking for some advice here...

Ayreon is relatively new to me. I only have one album (the Human Equation), and I have really enjoyed it for the past few months. I am now curious to expand my collection further. What album would you guys suggest I check out next? Do they all tend to be near the same level of quality, or does anyone stand out above the rest?

Thanks.

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1. Universal Migrator (2 cds - "The Dream Sequencer" and "Flight of the Migrator") One disc is soft and mellow and the other is heavy.  Both discs are awesome.  This is my personal favorite of all Ayreon albums
2. Into the Electric Castle - Some great songs, but I like the vocal work on the Human Equation better
3. Star One - Space Metal.  -Space Metal is a perfect description
4. Then the rest of the albums, which all have some great stuff