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The sound quality and remixed parts on this reissue sound a lot better. Not that there's anything wrong with the original release, but on this CD, the dynamics are stronger and livelier. Peter Vink's bass and Ernst van Ee's drums are stunning, thanks to the crisp and sparse mix. The vocals are placed carefully over delicate song arrangements, allowing each instrument to come through.
The Final Experiment, as unusual as it was in 1995, is a concept album, which, in my opinion, must have been the reason why all the record labels turned Arjen down when he was looking for an outlet to release his music. In the booklet, Arjen has ironically printed the emails he got from the labels and record executives who refused to release this disc, claiming there was no market for this kind of music. Some of those people must be really ashamed now. Anyway, this is a concept record, about a single character named "Ayreon", and the whole story evolves around him (sort of like The Who's Tommy). The year is 2084 (exactly 100 years after George Orwell's 1984) and scientists have developed this program in order to save the world from its downfall.Read more ›
The Final Experiment is a concept album that tells the tale of a blind minstrel who is receiving visions of apocalyptic doom from the future. The music is epic, progressive and medieval in sound and style. Arjen Anthony Lucassen, the man behind Ayreon, uses a wide variety of vocalists and other musicians to tell this story. Whether it is the medieval and bombastic "Sail Away to Avalon", the quiet and introspective "Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy" or the powerful "Merlin's Will", the Final Experiment delivers on many levels. There is something for everyone on this cd -- especially for you keyboard lovers. If you like a variety of bands such as Savatage, Pink Floyd and Blind Guardian, you will probably love the Final Experiment.
The story is about the earth in the year 2084 when mankind has almost destroyed itself. But scientists made a Final Experiment, time telepathy, and they sent visions of humanity's decline back in time. Ayreon, a blind minstrel in the dark ages, receives these visions and his task is to warn the world of it's impending downfall. Unfortunately, Merlin doesn't trust him and orders the knights to kill him.
The music is very good. It's a Progressive Rock Opera, and the music is unbelievable good, although I think that Arjen's later works contain more spirit and emotion than this one, it's still great. The combination of keyboards together with electric guitars is just wonderful and that makes Ayreon into one of my favorites.
I recommend this album very highly to all Ayreon fans, progressive rock fans and pop fans. If you are new to Ayreon, you might like this album a lot.
Keep On Rocking!!!!!!!!!
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I will not get into a very long review, some has already done very detailled review, all I will say is that this is an amazing debut album. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Guy Campeau
Fantastic story... great songs...
The melodies will stuck in your head. This is an absolute and amazing album!
While it definitely shows that this was Arjen's first album in the Ayreon project, there are still some good tracks in this one. Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by Jon
Ayreon is a genius. Soaring synthesizer work, tasty guitars and everything in between is just perfectly produced and performed. I can't recommend this album highly enough. Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by RB601
I can believe how hard was for Arjen to release this album. I am pretty sure that many of the people who rejected this work is now selling hot dogs!. Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Tittus
I think my title basically says it all, but I have to say that I absolutely love this album. I'm perfectly okay with the way the story is told, and while some people may call it... Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Jacob Minger