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Alarion is a project from The Netherlands, by Bas Willemsen.

Whether it concerns producing the album, writing songs, recording guitars, bass or keyboards, selecting guest musicians, conceiving artwork or anything else concerning the project, Bas is at the start and finish of all that is Alarion.

In 2016 the debut album Waves of Destruction was released and critically well received. The album contains an hour of melodic, symphonic and intense music. For each listener, there will be a different part of the album that stands out: be it heavy and fast, or acoustic and mellow, a short track or a 10+ minutes long epic, male or female vocals. Throughout all the tracks on the album, the listener will discover the scope of the sound that is Alarion.

Waves of Destruction features many musicians, including:
- Bas Willemsen (lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars, keyboards & orchestration, bass)
- Damian Wilson (vocals - Threshold, Headspace)
- Irene Jansen (vocals - Ayreon, Star One)
- Tineke Roseboom (vocals - Blaze Bayley, Thomas Zwijsen)
- Paul Glandorf (vocals - Arjen Lucassen (live), A Day's Work, Semistereo)
- Ben Mathot (violin - Epica, Revamp, Xandria)
- Erik Laan (piano & moog - Silhouette, Tumble Town)
- Tom Gorissen (piano & keys - Hymir)

The album was mixed by Hiddo Frericks (Studio Rockfish) and mastered by Peter van 't Riet (FinTune), who is known for mastering Epica, Pain of Salvation, Steve Howe (Yes) and others.

Bas is especially attracted to music with melody and diversity. This includes classical symphonies, folk, jazz, instrumental guitar music and many kinds of rock and metal: particularly progressive rock and metal from the 1970s to this day. The music of Alarion is therefore influenced by a wide variety of artists.

Alarion was founded as the band Alerion by Bas in 2005 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. A demo ('Fledgling') was released in 2007, followed by a promo ('Turn of Fate') in 2009, of which the title song Turn of Fate was included on the compilation album 'Melody and Malice', by Femme Metal Records in 2011.

Bas became the sole driving force of Alerion, picking up ever more tasks and realising his vision by writing all the songs, recording guitars, keyboards and bass. In the spring of 2014, Bas made the natural decision to continue Alerion as his solo project, making use of all things learned and loved during the previous years. The spelling of the name was changed to Alarion ...
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