Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Ayreon - The Human Equation CD (album) cover




Progressive Metal

4.19 | 1102 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

5 stars I've been a bit of fan of Ayreon for a while now, so I'm slowly trying to get all their albums. And this one is a must have.

Out of my 2 favourite albums (the other being 010101101), this is one of them, and it is very hard to choose a favourite, because I love them both so much , but I think as an album this is better, but I still prefer the other (as you will see why with my review of that album).

Having said that, I think this album really showed what Arjen is capable of, composition & performance wise. The instrumental sections are to die for and the line up of vocalists is just amazing.

This album is also quite lengthy, being near 2 hours long, but to be honest, when

As you all know, this is a concept album, dealing with a man in a coma, who has to deal with reality, his past & his emotions all attacking him while he is in a state of suspended animation.

This is a must have masterpiece. It's one of those albums that I knew from the first listen that I will love this album for many many years to come.

Day 1: Vigil - Good intro. Great vocals. 8/10

Day 2: Isolation - Amazing vocal performances. The instrumental section is just mesmerizing. 10/10

Day 3: Pain - Impressive vocals. One of the better chorus'. 10/10

Day 4: Mystery - One of the best songs on the album. Great chorus and some great dramatic performances. 10/10

Day 5: Voices - Great vocals. Good arrangement and some nice instrumental work. 9/10

Day 6: Childhood - The instrumental sections are quite cheesy with the pan flutes (that always remind me of Karate Kid movies). Pretty nice song though. 9/10

Day 7: Hope - A nice jaunty tune. Very relaxing. 9/10

Day 8: School - Devin's vocals really surprised me. Amazing arrangement. 10/10

Day 9: Playground - A beautifully arranged instrumental. 9/10

Day 10: Memories - The lyrics are quite funny. A beautiful wee song. 10/10

Day 11: Love - Classic Ayreon at it's best. Amazing chorus. 10/10

Day 12: Trauma - What an epic. Love Mikaels screams in this song. Quite a dark moment for Ayreon. 10/10

Day 13: Sign - Beautiful arrangement. Very multi-dimensional. 10/10

Day 14: Pride - Amazing vocals from James & Magnus. Pretty kick ass song. 9/10

Day 15: Betrayal - Nice and dramatic with some nice instrumentation to liven the mood. 9/10

Day 16: Loser - Nice almost Irish jig sound to the main riff. Great vocals?especially from Devin. 10/10

Day 17: Accident? - Nice, slow and dramatic. 9/10

Day 18:Realization - Some pretty cool instrumental work, allowing the instruments to represent emotions, a very Eternia thing to do. Pretty epic. 10/10

Day 19: Disclosure - Amazingly arranged with some great vocal performances. 10/10

Day 20: Confrontation - It wouldn't be Ayreon without an epic ending, and boy is it epic. And spoiler, the whole story was just a dream from the Migrator?ha fail.

CONCLUSION: Their most perfect album, and an amazing cast of vocalists. If you haven't heard of Ayreon, I think this is the perfect start.

arcane-beautiful | 5/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this AYREON review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives