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Ayreon is a multi-artist project maintained by Dutch Arjen Anthony Lucassen in his studio. The participating artists change at every of the concept albums.

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Ayreon /ˈɛriən/ is a musical project by Dutch songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Ayreon's music is described as progressive rock, progressive metal and power metal sometimes combined with genres such as folk, electronica, experimental and classical music. The majority of Ayreon's albums are dubbed "rock operas" (or "metal operas") because the albums contain complex storylines featuring a host of characters, usually with each one being represented by a unique vocalist.

Ayreon's music is characterized by the use of traditional instruments in rock music (guitars, bass guitar, drums, analogue synthesizers, electric organs) mixed with instruments more native to folk and classical music (e.g. mandolins, violins, violas, celli, flutes, sitars and didgeridoo). Lucassen writes the music and the lyrics, sings and plays most of the instruments on all of the Ayreon albums, alongside many guest musicians. His most regular collaborator is drummer Ed Warby. In addition, flute player Jeroen Goossens has featured on every Ayreon-release since 2004's "The Human Equation".

Due to its particular nature, Ayreon live performances are extremely rare; however, several Ayreon songs were included in two live albums by other Lucassen bands: Live on Earth by Star One and Live in the Real World by Stream of Passion. Additionally, in September 2015, The Human Equation was performed in its entirety live in a full-scale theatrical production called The Theater Equation.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 The Final Experiment Ayreon 4 3
1998 Actual Fantasy Ayreon 4 3
1998 Into the Electric Castle Ayreon 4.15 3
2000 Ayreonauts Only Ayreon 1
2000 Universal Migrator, Part 1: The Dream Sequencer Ayreon 4 6
2000 Universal Migrator, Part 2: Flight of the Migrator Ayreon 4.5 4
2004 The Human Equation Ayreon 4.15 5
2008 01011001 Ayreon 4.3 8
2013 The Theory of Everything Ayreon 4 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Universal Migrator Part I & II Ayreon 3
2008 Timeline Ayreon 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 The Theater Equation Ayreon 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Sail Away to Avalon Ayreon 1
1996 The Stranger From Within Ayreon 1
2000 Temple of the Cat Ayreon 2
2004 Day Eleven: Love Ayreon 1
2004 Loser Ayreon 1
2005 Come Back to Me Ayreon 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Elected Ayreon vs. Avantasia 4 2

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