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Kubla Khan
4 stars Hey ! what a Dream team of Vocalists and instrumentalists!.

- Arjen Lucassen / electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, analogue synthesizers, Hammond, Mellotron and additional keyboards - Erik Norlander / analogue synthesizers, piano, vocoder, Hammond and additional keyboards - Ed Warby (Gorefest, ex-Elegy) / drums Guitar solos: - Arjen Lucassen on 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 - Michael Romeo (Symphony X) on 2 - Oscar Holleman 2nd solo on 4 - Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) on 6 Keyboard solos : - Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane) on 1, 3 (Hammond solo), 4, 5, 7 - Rene Merkelbach last solo on 4 - Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon) 2nd synth solo on 5 - Gary Wehrkamp on 6 - Keiko Kumagai (Ars Nova) on 9 (+ Hammond solo) Singers: - Russel Allen (Symphony X) on 2 - Ralf Scheepers (ex-Gamma Ray, Primal Fear) on 3 - Andi Deris (Helloween) on 4 - Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) on 5 - Fabio Leone (Rhapsody) on 7 - Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius) on 7 - Robert Soeterboek (Ayreon) on 8 - Ian Parry (Vengeance, Elegy) on 9 Backing vocals: - Damion Wilson on 2 - Lana Lane on 4, 5, 6, 9 and narration on 1

can we say anything else?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This record is an amazing space crusade of well knowing talents from the heavy metal and prog scene that combines styles like rock,metal,heavymetal,athmosferic,symphonic ,electronic & prog music .

my fav tracks:

Dawn of a million souls -no doubt- is one of the Ayreon `s masterpieces that incluides Russell Allen , Michael Romeo (virtuoso&emotional&emotive guitarist),plus Damian Wilson on Backing vocals! .Here we have a metal/symphonic stuff that starts with a minimalistic brass secction followed by a smashing guitar riff ,rock band and stings that fits an Epic intro that continues with an inspirated Ruseell Allen `s Strofa , an amazing Chorus , strofa- chorus and a very introspective part of Rusell that sings-" is this real or its just a fantasy..what awaits me now at the end of this day"-that introduces a "rock /Whammy/ virtuoso solo" with so much feeling from the hands of Michael Romeo that gets the song to a point even higher to the re-exposition of the chorus and symphonic stuff! yeah!.

Out Of The White Hole . I think that Timo Kotipelto fits perfectly between hammond , and hard rock -progressive stuff! he should be convocated for another ayreon album.this song was made for this guy . his incredible voice range , technique and nice "timbre" make this song great !! ;-) obviously never getting apart the brilliant work of Arjen and mr. Norlander on the creation ,solos and keys.this song is really colorful and heavy. feels like a seventies scene song but with the heavieness and prog touch of this days :-).

Out Of The White Hole. if you like the beatles this song will blow your subconscious. the songs captures the whole macabre-tetric-siniester and uncertainly athmosfere of The beatle`s song "i want you(she is so heavy) " in the intro and outro with the strings&brass ensamble almost invocating the same progression of chords and cadences plus the voice of Bruce and Lana that adds an "endless agony". So heavy, So athmospheric and so Dramatic and tetrical track.

Kubla Khan | 4/5 |


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