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Guilt Machine. [23 Jun 2009|03:40pm]

Straight from the myspace bulletin:

Info about Guilt Machine...Collapse )


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New Arjen Project [23 Feb 2009|03:39pm]

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AYREON Mastermind Launches New GUILT MACHINE Project; Details And Musicians Revealed

BW&BK has received the following press release from the AYREON camp, featuring multi-talent Arjen Lucassen:

There's not been much news from us lately, but don't let that fool you. There has been a bustle of feverish activity going on behind the scenes here at the Electric Castle. With this update from ArjenLucassen.com we're excited to officially announce the details of Arjen's new project, GUILT MACHINE:

Arjen Lucassen: instruments, backing vocals
Jasper Steverlinck (ARID): vocals
Chris Maitland (ex-PORCUPINE TREE): drums
Lori Linstruth (ex-STREAM OF PASSION): lead guitar

As Ayreon fans have come to expect from Arjen, the music of Guilt Machine ranges from dark and heavy to atmospheric and melancholic. But Guilt Machine introduces some new twists as well, particularly when it comes to the vocals. Rather than putting together an ensemble cast of vocalists from the prog, rock and metal scene, Arjen has enlisted the talents of a single alternative rock vocalist, Jasper Steverlinck.

How did Arjen get an alternative rock vocalist to switch genres and sing on a prog rock project? "In the beginning it was hard to convince Jasper to sing on this album, because he comes from a completely different musical background. He didn't even know what prog was, but we've made a believer out of him! What I admire about Jasper's voice, besides its beautiful clear timbre, is the emotion and credibility he puts into his performance and his enormous range. Because this project features just one singer I needed someone versatile enough to portray all of the different moods, and Jasper didn't disappoint. And he's a really nice and dedicated guy as well!"

For Guilt Machine Arjen also chose to record with a different drummer, Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree). "Chris was the ideal choice this time, having both the power for the heavy sections and the subtle touch needed in the more atmospheric parts."

Rather than the explicit storyline you would expect in an Ayreon release, the songs of Guilt Machine revolve around a central theme. Instead of looking outward into a world of fantasy or science fiction, the songs look inward, exploring the destructive psychology of guilt, regret and the darkest form of secret -- the secrets we hide from ourselves.

"At first I asked my partner and personal manager Lori to quickly write scratch lyrics for one of the songs so I could record some guide vocals. I was so impressed by what she produced that I asked her to write the lyrics for all the songs. I was unable myself to create the type of darkly enigmatic, open-ended lyrics I wanted for these songs, my specialty being sci-fi lyrics about sinister aliens ;-) She definitely gave the songs an extra dimension with her lyrics, exorcising the demons we both had faced in the past few years. It's also no secret that I've always been a big fan of her melodic guitar style, so she also plays all the guitar solos on this album."

Despite these differences, Guilt Machine still has much in common with Ayreon. The songs are mainly long, "epic" tracks that feature dynamic contrasts between softer, dreamy sections and powerful, heavy passages. There are intricate harmonies, complex rhythms, soaring melodies, and an eclectic selection of instruments -- all what you'd expect from an Ayreon release.

"In my view this is my best side project so far. It comes completely from the heart, for it was written and recorded during a new inspiring phase in my life after my heavy depression. This being an entirely new project there were no expectations whatsoever, which enabled me to just let my inspiration guide me without any (outside) pressure."

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for music previews and other updates about Guilt Machine!

From all of us at ArjenLucassen.com, until next time!

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The Human Equation - LIVE [12 Nov 2008|01:01pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

So, Arjen fans. I'm currently trying to speak with Arjen about details. But I am going to be putting his best album into operatic format, performed live.

Just wanted to give you a head-up. I'll post more details when they come in. ^_~

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Mike Baker of Shadow Gallery died [31 Oct 2008|12:14pm]

[ mood | sad ]

He was such an awesome vocalist :(

Via their website:

It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Shadow Gallery vocalist, Michael A. Baker. Mike suffered a heart attack, Wednesday afternoon, October 29th, 2008. He was 45 years old. Mike was a founding member of Shadow Gallery and for the past 16 years, helped shape the sound of the band with his magical voice. Additionally, he made many appearances on rock records around the world. Those who knew him best were moved by his gentle spirit, sincere kindness, fun nature and passion for both music and sports. He was a warrior in the studio, a true professional. Mike was our friend, our singer and our brother. We loved him and will miss him enormously, but he will always be remembered in our hearts and through his music.

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Pools of Sorrow on ebay.co.uk [22 Sep 2008|10:32am]

If anyone's still trying to get hold of Arjen's solo album Pools of Sorrow, Waves of Joy, released under the name Anthony, it's up on eBay UK, finishing 28 September.

NOTE: The seller isn't me; I don't know them and am nothing to do with them. I do have this CD myself, though, and it's pretty good.

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[16 Sep 2008|12:04pm]

Arjen announces Timeline:

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."

TIMELINE follows the thirteen-year evolution of the Ayreon sound from the 1995 debut The Final Experiment to the release of 01011001 in 2008. In addition to selecting tracks from the existing Ayreon discography, Arjen has also written and recorded a new Ayreon song exclusively for TIMELINE. Titled Epilogue: The Memory Remains, this previously unreleased 9-plus-minute track introduces Ayreon fans to the clear, powerful voice of Jasper Steverlinck (Arid). Lyrically, The Memory Remains provides further insight into the final chapter of the Ayreon saga and what the future might hold for its characters.

In addition to The Memory Remains, TIMELINE's 3 audio CDs comprise 32 essential Ayreon tracks (almost 4 hours of music), all carefully remastered specifically for this release. The accompanying DVD features nearly two hours of released and unreleased video clips, behind-the-scenes featurettes, 5.1 mixes, and live performances of Ayreon tracks (Star one and Stream of Passion versions). To illuminate the Ayreon story further, a timeline poster illustrating the Ayreon universe and 56-page booklet containing many new photos, all lyrics, and notes on the story are included in the TIMELINE package. The cover is a specially commissioned painting by traditional Ayreon cover artist, Jef Bertels (see the full painting here).

TIMELINE will be available from InsideOut Music on 7 November (G.A.S), 10 November (Europe), and early 2009 (N. America).

When asked what the release of TIMELINE means for the future of Ayreon, Arjen explains, "I don't see this as the end of Ayreon, but rather as a new beginning. I'll definitely be recording some side projects before I even start thinking about re-inventing Ayreon. To keep things fresh for myself I've got to come up with a completely new concept for both the music and the lyrics. I hope I can do it...it will be definitely be quite a challenge!"

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[12 May 2008|06:03pm]

They're doing an "Ask Arjen Anything, part II" over at the forum [link].

If anyone's interested, go over there and post your questions, or email them to the mod, Taz [ tazh@planet.nl ].

I'm sure people can think of some interesting questions!

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[24 Apr 2008|02:55pm]

has everyone received their copy of 01011001? a few people i know haven't received theirs and can't get emails through to plato to find out what's going on.

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Arjen videos [19 Apr 2008|07:27am]

[ mood | amused ]

Here are some videos of Arjen explaining how he did several songs from the new album. Most of the videos are in Dutch but one is in English :)


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New EP [19 Mar 2008|01:54pm]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

Arjen is releasing an ep:


I can officially die happy now that he's asked that Fulda boy to be on an Ayreon CD ;)

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New album presskit [05 Feb 2008|02:08pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Here's the electronic press kit (EPK) of Ayreon's new album 01011001. It has pictures, the storyline, various videos, and previews of the songs in case you haven't heard them yet :)


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01011001. [28 Jan 2008|12:18pm]

So, people, who has 01 already? What do we think of it?

Personally I like it, but only got to liking it after a few listens. There are some parts which still don't gel with me [such as the piano bits in The Sixth Extinction - they seem really out of place after Jonas' 2085 parts] but perhaps I'll get used to them eventually.

Best singer for me? Tied between Anneke van Giersbergen and Hansi Kurch, though I really like Jorn Lane and Steve Lee as well at the moment. This will probably change.


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Poor Arjen [20 Jan 2008|12:44am]

[ mood | amused ]

He has to sign every one of those CDs thanks to the 2000 people who pre-ordered their copy from the Dutch website Plato.nl :)

Oh and one of those CDs is mine ;)

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Arjen interview [26 Dec 2007|09:06am]

[ mood | amused ]

Here's a new Arjen interview at Metal Symphony:


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My review of the PT/Anathema concert... [10 Dec 2007|12:57am]

of December 5, 2007, in the Heineken Music Hall, over here.

sorry for X-posting, folks! :-D

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Teaser Trailer [27 Nov 2007|09:26am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Via the forum:

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Oops [27 Nov 2007|12:12am]

[ mood | content ]

I posted this link on the Dream Theater community but didn't do it here. Sorry about that. Anyway, here's the link to pre-order a signed copy of the new album by Arjen:


I've ordered from Plato before so if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask :)

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New Manager [26 Nov 2007|12:53pm]

[ mood | surprised ]

Here follows a statement from Yvette Boertje, Personal Manager for Arjen

"After working for Arjen for as a manager for nearly five
years, I decided it was time to move on and, among other things,
pursue my screenwriting career."

"We've looked for a replacement and are happy to announce that Lori
Linstruth will be taking over my tasks. She recently moved from
Sweden to the Netherlands and, after a short transitional period, is
now ready to take on the job! Please welcome Lori as the new personal
manager, webmaster, messageboard administrator, and shopkeeper for

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The album cover [08 Nov 2007|01:25pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Via the official site :)

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Ayreon - 01011001 [10 Oct 2007|11:19am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Just in case you haven't been checking out the forum or mailing list ;)

The release date: late January 2008

Main Cast (Forever)
1. Tom S. Englund (Evergrey)
2. Jorn Lande
3. Jonas P. Renkse (Katatonia)
4. Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-Gathering)
5. Bob Catley (Magnum)
6. Floor Jansen (After Forever)
7. Steve Lee (Gotthard)
8. Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian)
9. Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation)
10. Magali Luyten (Virus IV)

Supporting Cast (Humans):
1. Simone Simons (Epica)
2. Ty Tabor (King's X)
3. Arjen Lucassen
4. Liselotte Hegt (Dial)
5. Phideaux Xavier
6. Marjan Welman (Elister)
7. Wudstik

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