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If you've heard the original version, be prepared to be blown away by the excellently crisp production. Each instrument is audible and perfectly mixed. The re-recorded guitars and synths are a lot better and more interesting. For those of you who haven't heard the 96 release, you're in for a treat. Arjen Lucassen used only three singers on this disc: Robert Soeterboek for the powerful stuff, Edward Reekers for the melodic parts and Okkie Huysdens for the Beatle-like choral passages as Arjen himself explains in the liner notes. The album may remind you of the Star One project in this aspect, with fewer singers, and therefore, a more compact sound.Read more ›
If you've gotten the majority of the Ayreon catalogue already, i wouldn't hesitate for a second on picking up this rerecording/remaster. All the classic Ayreon elements are there (the instantly recognizable synths, chuggy guitars, beautiful spacey melodies, etc.). The main difference between this album and others is that this one seems to be a bit more electronic in feel, and the songs all plod along happily at the same pace throughout. That could be considered a downside i guess, as there are no real upswings in the music, but it's pleasant enough as it is. Standout tracks for me are Stranger From Within, Back On Planet Earth (which uses some of the vocals in the background from the Ambeon reworking of the tune, very nice touch!), and Beyond The Last Horizon. It may be Ayreon's least popular album, but don't pass it off as his worst. Very highly reccomended for anyone looking for just a bit more Ayreon after hearing Electric Castle or The Human Equation.
Highy recommended for any progressive music lover, a kind of prog-metal-opera. Give it a try !
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If you like new age, you will like it. If you like metal, you will lik it!Published on October 14, 2008 by Andre T. Fernandes
This was the first Ayreon album I purchased a year and a half ago, and since then I'm a fan and own every album, including the recent release 01011001. Read morePublished on March 2, 2008 by Aiex Halo
It's a great cd by Ayreon. I think Ayreon is the best progressive rock project. Arjen Lucanssen is genius.
ALL THE PEOPLE MUST TO LISTEN TO THE AYREON.
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