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THE SOURCE

Ayreon

Progressive Metal


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3.82 | 147 ratings | 2 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD1 (44:07)
- Chronicle 1 - The Frame :
1. The Day That The World Breaks Down (12:32)
2. Sea Of Machines (5:08)
3. Everybody Dies (4:42)
- Chronicle 2 - The Aligning Of The Ten :
4. Star Of Sirrah (7:03)
5. All That Was (3:36)
6. Run! Apocalypse! Run! (4:52)
7. Condemned To Live (6:14)

CD2 (44:26)
- Chronicle 3 - The Transmigration :
8. Aquatic Race (6:46)
9. The Dream Dissolves (6:11)
10. Deathcry Of A Race (4:43)
11. Into The Ocean (4:53)
- Chronicle 4 - The Rebirth :
12. Bay Of Dreams (4:24)
13. Planet Y Is Alive! (6:02)
14. The Source Will Flow" (4:13)
15. Journey To Forever (3:19)
16. The Human Compulsion (2:15)
17. March Of The Machines (1:40)

Total Time 88:33

Bonus DVD from 2017 SE:
DVD-1 Everybody Dies (Videoclip) (4:42)
DVD-2 Star Of Sirrah (Videoclip) (7:03)
DVD-3 Run! Apocalypse! Run! (Videoclip) (4:52)
DVD-4 The Day The World Breaks Down (Videoclip) (12:32)
DVD-5 Interviews
DVD-6 Behind The Scenes
DVD-7 5.1 Audio Mix

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Line-up / Musicians

- Arjen Anthony Lucassen / electric & acoustic guitars, bass, mandolin, analog synthesizers, Hammond, Solina Strings

With:
- Paul Gilbert / guitar solo
- Guthrie Govan / guitar solo
- Marcel Coenen / guitar solo
- Joost van den Broek / grand & electric pianos
- Mark Kelly / synthesizer solo
- Ben Mathot / violin
- Maaike Peterse / cello
- Jeroen Goossens / wind instruments
- Ed Warby / drums
- James LaBrie / vocals as The Historian
- Tommy Karevik / vocals as The Opposition Leader
- Tommy Rogers / vocals as The Chemist
- Simone Simons / vocals as The Counselor
- Nils K. Rue / vocals as The Prophet
- Tobias Sammet ) / vocals as The Captain
- Hansi Kürsch / vocals as The Astronomer
- Mike Mills / vocals as TH-1
- Russell Allen / vocals as The President
- Michael Eriksen / vocals as The Diplomat
- Floor Jansen ) / vocals as The Biologist
- Zaher Zorgati / vocals as The Preacher
- Jan Willem Ketelaers / chorus vocals
- Lisette van den Berg / chorus vocals
- Will Shaw / chorus vocals
- Wilmer Waarbroek / chorus vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Yann Souetre

2xCD Music Theories Recordings ‎- MTR 7515 2 (2017, Europe)
2xCD + DVD Mascot Label Group ‎- MTR 75155 (2017, Europe) Bonus DVD with album's Surround 5.1 mix plus extras

2xLP Music Theories Recordings ‎- MTR 7515 1 (2017, Europe)

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AYREON The Source ratings distribution


3.82
(147 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
38%
Good, but non-essential (20%)
20%
Collectors/fans only (10%)
10%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

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COLLABORATOR PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars Metal's artisan of ambitiousness Arjen Anthony Lucassen returns with his project AYREON taking time off from his other musical projects Star One, Guilt Machine and The Gentle Storm to embark on yet another sonic journey into the world of science fiction, where he unleashes yet another concept album that is a prequel to 2008's "01011001" laid out in his usual monstrosity of a double album with an army of guest vocalists and musicians to play the proper roles in his larger than life metal operas. As a prequel, THE SOURCE tells the origins of the Forever which is an alien race that is a key force in the overall storyline. The two discs are separated into four Chronicles with each telling different timelines in the story. The are broken down into - Chronicle 1: The Frame, Chronicle 2: The Aligning Of The Ten, Chronicle 3: The Transmigration and Chronicle 4: The Rebirth and the album is graced with beautiful artwork, extensive liner notes and an overall packaging that goes above and beyond the call of duty for any dedicated artist. Lucassen has really been upping the bar with each and every release and shows no signs of releasing his feet from the gas pedal. His passions are ablaze and THE SOURCE displays it all in full regalia.

While AYREON is accustomed to mostly new cast members changing things up on any given album, THE SOURCE makes use of plenty of returning performers which include James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Simone Simons (Epica), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (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), which makes a whopping total of eleven main vocalists. Add to that the extraordinary musicians involved which include Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever) ? grand piano and electric piano Mark Kelly (Marillion) ? synthesizer solo on "The Dream Dissolves"Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky) ? cello, Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) ? guitar solo on "Star of Sirrah," Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, ex-Asia) ? guitar solo on "Planet Y Is Alive!,"Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) ? guitar solo on "The Dream Dissolves," Ed Warby ? drums, Ben Mathot ? violin, Jeroen Goossens (ex-Pater Moeskroen) ? flute, wind instruments, and of course, Arjen Anthony Lucassen himself on electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, synthesizers, Hammond, Solina Strings, all other instruments. I just had to list all these performers to let it sink in, the monstrosity that this beautiful album is!

THE SOURCE incorporates more aspects of the metal world than the usual AYREON project. While most indulge in heavy doses of folk rotation with the same recurring female vocalist, an aspect that has left me a little cold in the past, this album on the other hand keeps the musical jukebox flowing and never lets one style dominate for too long. While the folk influences are ever present, the retrospective styles of the performers are in full effect with much emphasis on progressive, power and classic metal with even some excellent to Queen harmonies and some extreme metal touches as well in the excellent "Everybody Dies" that is straight out of the progressive rock playbook with classic 70s Wakeman-esque keyboards, Freddie Mercury spots and time signature breakouts run amok (amongst tons of other styles and influences). It really seems like every little detail was cogitated upon before the final release was allowed to see the light of day. The only complaint i have about this fine album is that some of the tracks on the second track outstay their welcome a however it's a minor quibble indeed. THE SOURCE is one to be experienced as words cannot convey the sheer magnitude of its accomplishments. The works are not only a rock and metal encyclopedia in scope and style but a testament to how to write, arrange and produce an album.

It seems that Lucassen's talents caught up to his grandiose ambitions starting with "01011001" and progressively have been becoming more refined ever since. THE SOURCE not only displays the AYREON project having tightened up all the loose ends that have always bugged me but shows a maturing and steps away from the more progressive rock world and ups the energy level by keeping the album more in heavy rock mode. THE SOURCE is the first AYREON album on the Mascot Label Group and the digital release of the albums will follow. THE SOURCE is yet another modern day AYREON album that clearly demonstrates what made the early albums so weak in comparison as one track is crafted into the next and all cast members roles are cleverly placed in the perfect sequence of things. It's no wonder the such staunch fans are as excited for a new AYREON release as are fans foaming at the mouth for a new season of Game Of Thrones! THE SOURCE is truly a brilliantly complex yet completely accessible metal opera that eschews the long drawn out filler pieces of the band's earlier moments. At this stage i have been indoctrinated into the AYREON fan club and look forward to the next chapter of metal sci-fi digest - AYREON style!

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4 stars The Source is a concept album, as any other album that Ayreon recorded. But unlike the previous 'The Theory of Everything', 'The Source' is a Sci-Fi Rock Opera, which is actually the prequel of 01011001, that was released in 2008. For the needs of the album, Arjen Lucarssen gathered a big num ... (read more)

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