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Review Star one - Victims of the Modern Age / December 2010.

Interview with Arjen Lucassen/ December 2009.

Arjen Lucassen - keyboards, drums, synthesizers, guitars, vocals and more sounds (ex-Vengeance). And of course born in the Lowlands.
Actual Fantasy ('96) has a few metal bits and a few floydian links. The Final Experiment is a rock-opera. Both albums are selling well in Japan. In '97 he recorded at the Abbey-road-studios a cover-album with music of the 60-ies: Strange Hobby. In '98 with a stilted album called Into the electric Castle. A space-opera on two ceedees:

Anneke van Griesbergen (of the Dutch The Gathering),
Thijs van Leer (ex-Focus),
Clive Nolan,
Ton Scherpenzeel,
Damien Wilson (Landmarq, Threshold),
Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation),
Edwin Balogh,
Jay van Feggelen,
Edward Reekers (also ex-Kayak),
Peter Daltrey,
Ed Warby,
Robby Valentine,
Rene Merkelbach,
Roland Bakker,
Erno Olah,
Taca Kooistra &
Jack Pisters.

On Ajans playlist where standing: Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Robert Plant and Kate Bush. Who knows?
Universal Migrator part I & II are his new adventures in the summer of 2000. Part one is a bit relax here and there a floydian atmosphere, part 2 is heavier.

Edward Kayak Reekers,
Neil Morse, Spock's Beard,
Damain Wilson (ex-Landmarq and solo),
Jaqueline Govaert (Krezip),
Floor Jansen (After Forever),
Lana Lane,
Eric Norlander,
castle Clive Nolan,
Damien Wilson,
Keiko Kumagagi (Ars Nova),
Gary Wehrkamp (Shaddow Gallery),
Bruce Dickinson,
Alan Russell,
Ian Parry,
Robert Soetendonvk,
Andi Deris,
Fabio Lion,
Timo Kotipello,
Ed Warby,
M.Romeo &
Oscar Hallema.

Ambeon: Fate of a Dreamer (2001), is a new project from Arjan with the 14 years old Astrid van Veen, who wrote all the lyrics and sings very good, certainly if you consider her age. An album with a mix from different styles; ambient, gothic, metal and a little Irish folk with flodian guitar-solo's and nice keyboard work.
Arjen Lucassen:
ambeon "Originally I set out to record an ambient instrumental album based on certain electronic patterns, chords and melodies derived from the recorded tracks of existing Ayreon songs. In the process some new songs evolved, and I figured it would add a warm human touch to feature female vocals on one or two songs. At that time I heard a recording of a 14 year young Dutch singer named Astrid van der Veen. This was exactly the voice I was looking for, and I asked her to write lyrics and melodies to go over some of these re-constructed ambient tracks and then sing them. This arrangement worked out extremely well. So before I realized it the album had developed from an instrumental album with two vocal songs to a vocal album with two instrumentals!"

Lana Lane - vocals on one track,
Erik Norlander - synthesizers on one track and
Walter Latupeirissa - a dutch bass-payer (who worked with Snowy White).

A very nice album, Astrid sings really marvelous, like a young Kate Bush.

Astrid did some session for After for Ever; live at the Bospop-festival July 2001 (in the beautiful South of the Netherlands).


Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Star One: Cover, tracklisting and release date have been announced for Space Metal, the first album of Lucassen's Star One project. There will be a limited edition release of the album which will include a bonus disc. ( May '02).

Arjen Anthony Lucassen - Guitars, bass, Hammond, Mellotron, analog synths, Solina strings,
Ed Warby - Drums, (Gorefest)
Sir Russell Allen (Symphony X),
Damian Wilson, (Landmarq, Threshold),
Dan Swano (Nightingale),
Floor Jansen - Vocals, (After Forever),
Jens Johansson (Stratovarius),

Erik Norlander, (Lana Lane),
Gary Wehrkamp - Additional solos, (Shadow Gallery),
Robert Soeterboek- Backing vocals,
Dave Brock (of Hawkwind) - Special guest lead and backing vocals on the Hawkwind medley.

Live at the end of 2002 with a space trip and the astronauts were:

Russell Allan,
Damian Wilson,
Robert Soetenboek,
Floor & Irene Jansen - all vocals,
Joost van der Broek - toetsen (= dutch for keyboards)(also in After Forever,
Peter Vink - bas (= dutch for bass),
Ed Warby - drums (= i believe you english call this a violin ;-),
Arjan Lucassen - guitar (yes indeed a guitar).

The new splendid album is called (May '04):
The Human Equation, with a lot, i mean a lot, of guests;

Devon Graves (Dead Soul Tribe),
love Devin Townsend (Syl),
Eric Clayton (Saviour Machine),
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth, connected with Steve Wilson / Porcupine Tree),
Magnus Ekwall (from the swedish hardrock band The Quill),
Heather Findlay (is the female singer of the British band Mostly Autumn, she has written one song for this new album),
James LaBrie (Dream Theater),
Marcela Bovio (Elfonia / Mexico),
Mike Baker (Shadow Gallery),
Irene Jansen (Karma) and
Arjen Lucassen - vocals

Ed Warby - Drums (ex-Gorefest),

Oliver Wakeman,
Joost van den Broek (Suncaged)(After Forever),
Martin Orford (IQ, Jadis) - Keyboards,

Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) - Hammond,

John McManus - Low-flute, tin-whistle,
Jeroen Goossens - Flute and various windinstruments,
Robert Baba - Violins,
Marieke van der Heyden,
Excellent Artwork has been created by Jef Bertels and Mattias Norén.

The Human Equation is a rock opera featuring a who’s who of modern-day artists in a mammoth production spread over a hundred minutes and two CDs. The story is about a man who has an unexplainable auto wreck and is comatose in hospital, while his wife and best friend keep a bedside vigil. There is nothing physically wrong with the victim (shades of Tommy?) but he has to fight his way back to consciousness by working through many memories, including the recent events that built up to the accident. The story’s ending may be predictable to some, but the whole thing is quite fun – and infinitely better than those improbable space stories that defined most of Lucassen previous work.

A very beautiful special edition; two ceedees, one dvd and a wonderful package / booklet.


The New Single Day Eleven - Love is out now:

Day Eleven - Love (radio edit) with with vocals of Heather and other,
Day Two - Iolation (album track), again with Heather and others,
No Quarter (Jones/Page/Plant) (non album track) &
Space Oddity (Bowie) (non album track).

The album called The Human Equation will follow 24th May.

Prerelease party was held in Utrecht op 18 April, with Heather (Stairway To Heaven cafe).

Another single is already released, with; How You Gonna See Me Now (Alice Cooper cover by Mike Baker & Arjen Lucassen) and Into the Black Hole (live at the 'Stairway to Heaven' Pre-release party 18 April, 2004).

The third single from Ayreon's 2004 album The Human Equation will be released on June 16th 2005. It is called Come Back to Me, and is a slightly extended and newly mixed version of the song Day 7: Hope. Other tracks include:

  • August Fire. Originally written for The Human Equation, features Mostly Autumn's Heather Findlay on vocals (she played the character 'Love' on the Human Equation). Heather also wrote lyrics, vocal melodies and played the Bodhran.
  • When I'm 64. A Beatles cover song that Arjen recorded 15 years ago as a demo with keyboardist Cleem Determeijer, who has played on various Ayreon albums.
  • Back 2 Me. A special remix by Two Maniacs (Joost van den Broek).
  • A videoclip for the song was shot during the summer of 2004 and is featured on the single together with a 'making of' video.

  • Then it became time foir another project Stream of Passion.

    The first vocalist who will star on the new Ayreon is Magali Luyten (Virus IV and Beautiful Sin). Simone Simons (from the dutch gothic band Epica) is the second confirmed vocalist for the upcoming Ayreon project.
    Other singers are: Bob Catley, Anneke van Griesbergen, Jonas P. Renkse, Tom Englund, Liselotte Hegt, Ty Tabor....

    AYREON: The artwork of the new Ayreon album 01011001 has been revealed (click above for larger version). The cover artwork is once again done by Belgian painter Jef Bertels , who also did the covers for Into The Electric Castle, The Dream Sequencer and The Human Equation. For the lay-out artwork (the images inside the booklet) Arjen has called in the talents of Colombian graphics artist Felipe Machado Franco. You can check out his website at this location.

    The album will be available in three different formats: the regular edition double disc, a special edition double album with bonus DVD and a limited deluxe edition double album with bonus DVD. The album will be released through Inside Out at the end of January (25th for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 28th for the rest of Europe and 29th for US and Canada).


    Ayreon Released his cd called 01011001 in 2008.
    More news, videos, teasers etc etc on his website (click on the banner).

    Hansi Kursch Blind Guardian
    Daniel Gildenlöw Pain of Salvation
    Tom S. Englund Evergrey
    Jonas Renkse Katatonia
    Jorn Lande
    Anneke van Giersbergen Agua de Annique (ex-Gathering)
    Steve Lee Gotthard
    Bob Catley Magnum
    Floor Jansen After Forever
    Magali Luyten Virus IV
    Simone Simons Epica
    Phideaux Xavier Phideaux
    Marjan Welman Elister
    Liselotte Hegt Dial
    Arjen Lucassen
    Ty Tabor King's X

    Arjen Lucassen Guitar, keyboards, synths, bass guitar, programming
    Ed Warby (Gorefest) Drums
    Lori Linstruth Guitar solo
    Michael Romeo Guitar solo
    Derek Sherinian (Planet X) Keyboard solo
    Tomas Bodin (The Flower Kings) Keyboard solo
    Joost van den Broek (After Forever) Keyboard solo and piano
    Jeroen Goossens (Flairck) Flutes
    Ben Mathot (Dis) Violin

    GUILT MACHINE ('09).

    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.
    The art for the cover and booklet was created by Christophe Dessaigne, a talented new artist whom we discovered (quite by chance) while browsing Flickr. Coincidentally, it turned out that Chris is an Ayreon fan, and was thrilled beyond belief when we asked him to do the artwork. The Guilt Machine logo and packaging layout were created by Thomas Ewerhard.

    Didn't had time to listen to disc 2... but i'm impressed by the regular disc. And althrough i'm not a big fan of all his previous work, i really enjoyd the songs on this cd. Some smooth rock songs with a nice dept of sounds. A few songs are really moody and are full of Beatlesques harmonies and others have a more metal approach. Some great solo's from Lori, who was responsible for all the lyrics (well done Lori). Nice structures with layers as we are used from Arjen.
    And yeah the drums from Chris are powerful where it is needed and sweet and gentle on the other points (it reminded me to the Blackfield albms).
    So yes this worthed a buy.
    8+ out of 10 points.

    New Sound samples:

    With STAR ONE:
    Victims of the Modern Age ( 2010 )


    Russell Allen (Symphony X)
    Damian Wilson (Headspace, Threshold)
    Floor Jansen (ex-After Forever, ReVamp)
    Dan Swanö (Nightingale, Second Sky, ex-Edge of Sanity)
    Guest Vocalists:
    Tony Martin (Ex-Black Sabbath)
    Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Full Force, Silent Memorial)
    Rodney Blaze
    Arjen Lucassen - Guitars, keyboards
    Ed Warby - Drums (Ayreon, Hail of Bullets, Gorefest)
    Peter Vink - bass
    Joost van den Broek - keyboard solos (Ex-After Forever)
    Gary Wehrkamp - guitar solos (Shadow Gallery)

    Cia Backman: achtergrondzang Stefan Fandén: basgitaar, fretloze basgitaar, e-bow, gitaar Carl Westholm: toetsen Mikael Wikman: drums
    Cia Backman: achtergrondzang Stefan Fandén: basgitaar, fretloze basgitaar, e-bow, gitaar Carl Westholm: toetsen Mikael Wikman: drums.

    Arjen is working on a new album. The naration will be done by Blade Runner Rutger Houwer!

    The Theory of Everything Oct 2013.

    (in order of appearance)
    JB (Grand Magus) as The Teacher
    Sara Squadrani (Ancient Bards) as The Girl
    Michael Mills (Toehider) as The Father
    Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) as The Mother
    Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder) as The Prodigy
    Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot) as The Rival
    John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson) as The Psychiatrist

    Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Gorefest) – drums
    Rick Wakeman (Yes) – keyboards
    Keith Emerson (Emerson Lake and Palmer) – keyboards
    Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) – keyboards
    Steve Hackett (Genesis) – lead guitar
    Troy Donockley (Nightwish) – Whistles, Uilleann pipes
    Ben Mathot (Dis) –violin
    Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky) – cello
    Jeroen Goossens (Flairck) – flute , bass flute, piccolo, bamboo flute and contrabass flute
    Siddharta Barnhoorn – orchestrations
    Michael Mills (Toehider) – Irish Bouzouki
    Wilmer Waarbroek – backing vocals
    Arjen Anthony Lucassen – electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, mandolin, analog synthesizers, Hammond, Solina Strings


    Pythagoras - After the Silence (1981), a Dutch symfo band.
    Alex Bollard - Pink Floyd Songbook (1994), Arjen sings on Arnold Layne, See Emily Play, If, A Pillow of Winds and Take it Back.
    Ian Parry ('93-'95-'99).
    Helloise - A Time And Place For Everything (1998)
    Block Busters - Powder to the People (1999), Arjen does vocals and plays lead guitars on 'Jean Genie'.
    Peter Daltrey - Candy (1999).
    Within Temptation - Mother Earth (2000), Arjen plays a guitar solo on 'Dark Wings'.
    Glass Hammer - Chronometree (2000), Arjen plays additional lead guitars.
    After Forever - Emphasis (single) (2002).
    Lana Lane (on a studio-album ('00) and live in '02).
    Wicked Sensation - Reflected (2002), Arjen wrote lyrics, sang backing vocals and recorded the vocals of Robert Soeterboek and Damian Wilson.
    Jabberwockey, with Oliver Wakeman.
    He did some mixing for the Dutch band; Sun Caged with keyboard player Joost van der Broek.
    Guest keyboards on Once And Future King ('03) a Rock Opera written by Glen Hughes.
    Ars Nova - Biogenesis (2003), Arjen plays guitar on the tracks Biogenesis - Meltdown, Escape and Trust to the Future.
    Nightingale - Alive Again (2003), Arjen plays the end guitar solo on the song Falling.
    Amadeus' Spell (2004).
    Space Mirrors - The Darker Side of Art (2004), The debut album of the international space rock band Space Mirrors "The Darker Side of Art" (featuring Arjen A. Lucassen) was released through Dead Earnest.

    ProgAID ('05). He did 3 amazing guitar solo's for this great Project.

    Shadow Gallery ('05)

    SHAKARY: Two cd's realease problably June '06:

    Arjen Lucassen - lead Guitar
    Gabriele Ferro - rhythm guitars
    Gabriele Martini - flute
    Giorgio Borghini - percussions Giovanni Galfetti - keyboards
    Ilario Garbani - bagpipes
    Lele Hofmann - lead guitars
    Mario Krag - rhythm and lead guitars
    Noel McCalla - vocals (Mike Rutherford's Small Creep's Day, Manfred Mann's Earth Band)
    Scandy - bass guitars

    Steve Rothery - lead guitar
    Walter Calloni - drums (ex-PFM).

    Stream of Passion.
    Agua de Annique ('09).
    Roswell Six, Terra Incognita - a Line in the Sand ('10).


    19-12-2003 - Studio Report - Heather Findlay (vocals)

    By: Yvette
    Mostly Autumn vocalist Heather Findlay had her recording session at the Electric Castle coincide with the two Mostly Autumn performances in the Netherlands early December. Check out images and read all about the experience of this recording session in Arjen's own words.

    - What made you choose Heather for this Ayreon project?

    Arjen: A couple of years ago I went to a Blackmore's Night concert in Germany, and an amazing female singer was supporting them. I was really impressed, but at the time I didn't know who she was and only found out later it was Heather when she told me she supported Blackmore's Night. Later I got emails from fans telling me to check out Mostly Autumn, so I bought one of their albums. Needless to say that I really liked her warm voice, and the folky floydy music. Later on I also visited one of their gigs.

    - How did you get in touch with Heather?

    Arjen: One day she came over to my house with Damian, and I asked her if in principle she would be interested to sing on Ayreon (I hadn't even started working on the Human Equation then) and she really liked the idea. When I was ready writing the music for this album and I had a part that would fit her voice perfectly I rang her up, and she was really excited!

    - Describe the recording session in three words.

    Arjen: Beautiful, relaxed and fun.

    - How would you describe Heather voice?

    Arjen: A warm and full voice with a nice deep vibrato, and we found out that she can really 'go for it' as well!


    - What was the most memorable moment?

    Arjen: In the car she told me that she could really sound like Kate Bush (my favorite female singer) if she wants to, and I didn't believe her. She sang the first song in my studio, and when we were done with the song she asked me if I would like to hear her sing this song in 'Kate Bush style'. She did it just for fun, and it was amazing!

    - What was something you absolutely didn't expect?

    Arjen: I didn't expect her voice to be so versatile, and (because of her age I guess) I didn't expect her to like all those classic rock bands from the 70's that I grew up listening to. She is very open minded and she likes many different styles of music, a very good quality I think.

    - What was something Heather did not expect?

    Arjen: She didn't expect that I would have her sing in so many different ways. And she didn't expect that she could do it, she surprised herself various times!

    - Heather has the unique ability to...

    - Describe the end result of the session.

    Arjen: Heather is a very warm and funny person, she did an amazing job and I couldn't have chosen a better singer for this part. She's got it all; the musicality, the voice and the looks, no doubt we will be hearing more and more about her in the future!




    New Dec '09:
    Interview with Arjen Lucassen.

    Another interview by me with Arjen: interview May 2004.
    See for more News www.arjenlucassen.com.
    Or look at www.mostly-autumn.com for another interview by Thijs.

    Arjen did an interview with David Gilmour.

    Other related Artists:
    Liselotte Hegt *Lilo*
    : VALENTINE. Liselott, Robby Valentine (keys, vox, guitar), Andre Borgman (drums), Cyril Whistler (guitar), Johan Willems (keys, backing vox).
    DIAL. Other members are: Kristoffer Gildenlow (bass guitar, vox, guitar, keys), Dirk Bruinenberg (drums) and Rommert van der Meer (guitar, vox).
    Dial - in recordingphase
    Samual Arkan's Origins - in recordingphase
    Valentine - Androgenius (guest vocals - release 21st May 2009)
    Ayreon – ..01011001' (guest vocals - 2008)
    Project Sleepwalk - not released yet Dial - ..Synchronized' (2007)
    Cirrha Niva - ..Liaison de la Morte' (2001), - Enter The Future Exit (EP,1999), No More Psychosis (EP, 1998), The Mirror World Dimension (1997), Moving Closer (EP, 1997).
    Valentine - 2008 - till the future
    Ayreon releaseparty - 2008 (as a guest vocalist)
    Dial - 2007 - till the future
    Kamelot - 2006 (as a guest vocalist)
    Cirrha Niva - 1995-2003

    Kristoffer Gildenlöw Born 1978 in Eskilstuna, Sweden.
    Pain of Salvation (After recording six full albums and one DVD thet went separate ways (early 2006)).
    Lana Lane (US), Erik Norlander (US), Dark Suns (D) and Rocket Scientists (US), Ian Parry (NL), Damian Wilson (UK) and done additional recordings for bands such as Arkan's Origin (BE), Arcana (S), Chirra Niva (NL), Harmony (S) and Implosion (Gr).
    DIAL released its debut album- synchronized- in May 2007.





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    Updated December 2009 by Nick.

    Arjen and Lori thanks!
    Shine On!