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    Posted: February 23 2009 at 09:46
From Arjen's website - http://arjenlucassen.com/aal/aa_news.html

Feb 23, 2009

Arjen unveils new project: Guilt Machine


 

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.

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!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2009 at 03:39
Resurrecting this post. Has anyone had a listen to the music samples from Arjen's Guilt Machine project? If not they are streaming now on his My Space site:
 
 
He has just one singer for this project instead of the many he has used in the past. I quite like what I am hearing and would be interested in others comments.
 
BTW the album will be released on August 31 2009


Edited by valravennz - July 24 2009 at 03:40

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2009 at 09:09
another project from Arjen? Does he ever eat or sleep? ShockedLOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2009 at 09:25

Now added to the "to purchase" list. Thumbs Up

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2009 at 11:47
Approve sounds good to me Approve


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2009 at 15:55

From the web site:

Track list (all editions)
CD:
1] Twisted Coil (11:43)
2] Leland Street (8:03)
3] Green and Cream (10:32)
4] Season of Denial (10:22)
5] Over (6:11)
6] Perfection? (10:46)


He is not the king of the long songs by any means so I guess these are pretty epic lengths for him.  I'm putting it on the list as well.  (and happen to be listening to 010101001 right nowThumbs Up)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2009 at 15:59
Originally posted by valravennz valravennz wrote:

Resurrecting this post. Has anyone had a listen to the music samples from Arjen's Guilt Machine project? If not they are streaming now on his My Space site:
 
 
He has just one singer for this project instead of the many he has used in the past. I quite like what I am hearing and would be interested in others comments.
 
BTW the album will be released on August 31 2009


Says date for US release is pending.  We all know that could mean a good long while after the European date but that's the way it goes sometimes.  Someone on one side of the pond usually gets the shaftWink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2009 at 17:01
It's supposed to be late September before it hits the US.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2009 at 23:18
Originally posted by aapatsos aapatsos wrote:

another project from Arjen? Does he ever eat or sleep? ShockedLOL
You have to wonder! But then imho, all the best artists are constantly on the go and multi-talented to boot!
 
Have now pre-ordered the CD and play the waiting game Smile
 
 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 25 2009 at 02:52
I added the album to PF ... Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 25 2009 at 11:49
Originally posted by valravennz valravennz wrote:

Originally posted by aapatsos aapatsos wrote:

another project from Arjen? Does he ever eat or sleep? ShockedLOL
You have to wonder! But then imho, all the best artists are constantly on the go and multi-talented to boot!
 
Have now pre-ordered the CD and play the waiting game Smile
 
 


He doesn't really tour so what else is he going to do for an income?  Make records and sleep.Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 03 2009 at 03:32
Great to see Guilt Machine as part of PA. The release of the first album is imminent. Not so great is that someone has already rated this album at 5 stars. I am not away of any leaks on the net for the new album or can someone correct me on that? Anyway, it appears that some members have to be in first with a rating - whether they have heard the album in full or not. I wonder is there any way to stop these rogue ratings until after an album is officially released???

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 03 2009 at 03:46
Release Dates

Germany, Austria, Switzerland:   28 August
Europe:    31 August
North America:    29 September

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 03 2009 at 03:55
^ Cool - thanks for that. Now I can stop "spitting tacks".  Hope it is not too long before it hits NZ's shores!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 03 2009 at 07:33
I had the opportunity to listen to a promo of the whole cd and it is extremely good.
 
Just don't expect the cheesy,over the top Ayreon sound,this is much better.Tongue

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 04 2009 at 10:52
Drumming on the preview video is ok...
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