Arjen Lucassen of Ayreon – The Heavy Blog Interview

Sometimes, I get to do really cool things as a music journalist. Sometimes, I get to do amazing things and this is one of them. Arjen Lucassen, AKA Ayreon, has been a musical hero of mine every since the first notes of The Human Equation played in my ears, right after I had purchased the album in Paris (I was there seeing Iron Maiden and Dream Theater. Good trip). It was a split earphone cable arrangement and I was listening to it with one of my best friends, who had insisted I get it. Sure enough, I wasn’t disappointed; vocal lines by some of the my favorite singers (James LaBrie, Devin Townsend, Mikael Akerfeldt, Devon Graves, to mention just a few) echoed in my ears, set to amazing, progressive instrumentation. An obsession was born; over the next few years, I bought every single Ayreon album I could get hold of and start following him fervently.

The Gentle Storm – The Diary

One of the hardest things about reviewing albums is coming across one by an idol. This is the case here, as Arjen Anthony Lucassen is one of the biggest names in many of our childhoods, spearheading the progressive metal movement of the early to mid 00’s. The Human Equation is still one of the…

More Details Emerge Of Arjen/Anneke Project, The Gentle Storm

A while ago we were rejoiced to find out that Arjen Anthony Lucassen, virtuoso producer and master coordinator, will team up with the ever-brilliant Anneke van Giersbergen for a future project. Our hearts skipped a beat at the thought of what the two talents could pull off together, especially when Lucassen’s excellent track record with…

Arjen Enlists Anneke, Rejoice!

Arjen Anthony Lucassen, best known for his project Ayreon, is a name that can bring a smile to many a face. The man is an exquisite producer, having worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. He has the ability to truly lead an artist to transcend his…

Arjen Anthony Lucassen – Lost in the New Real

Arjen Anthony Lucassen Lost in the New Real 01. The New Real 02. Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin 03. Parental Procreation Permit 04. When I’m A Hundred Sixty-Four 05. E-Police 06. Don’t Switch Me Off 07. Dr Slumber’s Eternity Home 08. Yellowstone Memorial Day 09. Where Pigs Fly 10.…