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23 апр 2021 : 
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28 ноя 2020 : 
AYREON - Listen To "The Last Day Of War And The First Day Of Peace" From Mascot Records' Upcoming Christmas Rocks EP

14 окт 2020 : 
AYREON - Transitus Hits #1 On US Billboard Heatseeker Chart; International Chart Entries Revealed

8 окт 2020 : 
AYREON - Transitus Album Hits #1 On Dutch CD Charts

5 окт 2020 : 
AYREON Release "Daniel’s Descent Into Transitus" Music Video Feat. SIMONE SIMONS, TOMMY KAREVIK

27 сен 2020 : 
AYREON Mastermind ARJEN LUCASSEN Unboxes Transitus; Video

18 сен 2020 : 
AYREON Releases Official Lyric Video For "Talk Of The Town"

4 сен 2020 : 
AYREON Releases Official Lyric Video For "This Human Equation" Feat. "Angel Of Death", EPICA Vocalist SIMONE SIMONS

25 авг 2020 : 
AYREON - Transitus DVD Behind-The-Scenes Clip Posted: The Hellscore Choir

24 июл 2020 : 
AYREON - Transitus DVD Behind-The-Scenes Clip Posted: Trumpet And Trombone

19 июл 2020 : 

13 июл 2020 : 
AYREON Mastermind ARJEN LUCASSEN Features Keyboardist JOOST VAN DEN BROEK In New Transitus Behind-The-Scenes Video

8 июл 2020 : 
AYREON Mastermind ARJEN LUCASSEN Introduces New Drummer JUAN VAN EMMERLOOT; Behind-The-Scenes Video Available

28 июн 2020 : 
AYREON To Release Transitus Album In September; More Details Revealed; Video Trailer Posted

25 июн 2020 : 
AYREON - Cover Artwork For Transitus Comic Book Revealed

24 июн 2020 : 
AYREON - Tracklist Of Forthcoming Transitus Album Revealed

14 июн 2020 : 
Former STREAM OF PASSION Vocalist MARCELA BOVIO Confirmed For New AYREON Album

13 июн 2020 : 
Former MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN Confirmed For New AYREON Album

7 июн 2020 : 
TWISTED SISTER Frontman DEE SNIDER Confirmed For New AYREON Album; Teaser Available

6 июн 2020 : 
EPICA Vocalist SIMONE SIMONS Confirmed For New AYREON Album

4 июн 2020 : 
AYREON - KYRBGRINDER Frontman / THRESHOLD Drummer JOHANNE JAMES Sings On New Transitus Album

28 май 2020 : 
AYREON - ARENA Singer PAUL MANZI Confirmed For Transitus Album

26 май 2020 : 
AYREON Confirms Return Of TOEHIDER Vocalist MICHAEL MILLS For New Album

25 май 2020 : 
AYREON - Vocalist AMANDA SOMERVILLE Confirmed For Transitus Album

21 май 2020 : 
AYREON – OCEANS OF SLUMBER Singer CAMMIE GILBERT Confirmed For Transitus Album

19 май 2020 : 
AYREON - New Album To Feature KAMELOT Vocalist TOMMY KAREVIK As Lead Character
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AYREON Signs With Mascot Label Group; Complete Catalogue Re-Issued

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Mascot Label Group is proud to announce the signing of Ayreon, the highly acclaimed project from singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / record producer Arjen Lucassen. The Ayreon catalog, comprising seven studio albums, was released on various digital platforms on April 22nd.

Arjen Lucassen and Mascot Label Group CEO Ed van Zijl go back twenty years. Ed was doing business out of his one-man office when Arjen showed up on his doorstep, with Ayreon’s debut album The Final Experiment in hand. They didn’t ink a deal that day, but both parties are extremely pleased to say that as of 2016, Music Theories Recordings (part of Mascot Label Group) is Ayreon’s new home.

Ayreon is in a class of its own. You might call Lucassen’s Ayreon studio albums “rock operas.” Or, to be more precise, you may prefer a description like, “ambitious studio projects combining progressive rock, metal, and folk over intricate storylines, brought to life by countless famous guest singers from all over the world.” But no matter how you categorize it, the Ayreon album collection offers highly creative rock music with a quality in composition and production rarely heard in the last twenty years.

Ten years with hardrock band Vengeance brought Lucassen recognition in not just the Netherlands, but in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, the UK and the USA, as well. When he started writing and recording on his own in the early 90s, it was the funding of a Japanese record label that got the ball rolling. The Final Experiment was Ayreon’s first album, released in the Netherlands in 1995 by start-up label Transmission Records. It set the tone for the project, with intricate sci-fi/fantasy storytelling and timeless progressive rock featuring a line-up of world class vocalists and musicians, including Barry Hay (Golden Earring), an-Chris de Koeijer (Gorefest), and Kingdom Come’s Lenny Wolf.

The follow-up, Actual Fantasy (1996), turned out to be a relatively modest production, but the phenomenal reception of these first Ayreon albums exposed Lucassen to world-famous singers and instrumentalists like Fish (Marillion), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Devin Townsend, James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Flying Colors, Spock’s Beard), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia), Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath), Ty Tabor (King’s X, The Jelly Jam), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Michael Romeo and Russell Allen (Symphony X), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper), Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), and Rick Wakeman (Yes). Besides Lucassen himself, virtuoso drummer Ed Warby (Gorefest, Hail of Bullets, The 11th Hour) is the only other constant member of AYREON.

Into The Electric Castle was released to critical acclaim in 1998, and the album went on to sell over 100.000 copies. The twin albums Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer and Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator (2000) proved that Lucassen was not afraid to take Ayreon to yet another level of larger-than-life creativity. With The Human Equation (2004), Lucassen turned away from his earlier sci-fi themes to explore the realm of human emotions. The Human Equation was adapted for stage and performed in 2015 by a cast that included almost everybody from the original album. In 2007, Arjen returned to the sci-fi concept and linked all of the previous AYREON albums together, musically as well as lyrically, on 01011001. The album features no less than 17 vocalists.

The Theory of Everything (2013) again received rave reviews around the world and, like its predecessors, sold remarkably well in a time when few progressive rock acts manage to rise above the crowd. The album was released after a five-year break in which Lucassen concentrated on other projects, including Guilt Machine’s album On This Perfect Day, which was released on Mascot Records in 2009. The recording – quite a departure from AYREON’s bombastic approach – attracted a very dedicated audience of its own.

Some years later, a few Ayreon albums were released on vinyl and, according to Lucassen, “sold really well. That’s when I realized that fans of Guilt Machine would probably appreciate a vinyl release too.” By 2014, Lucassen met with Mascot’s Ed van Zijl again. “I asked him if he would be interested in releasing Guilt Machine on vinyl, and he immediately said yes,” explained Van Zijl. “It took months to figure out the details of the packaging and the extras, and then manufacture it. The fans were ecstatic! The first pressing was sold out online in just a few hours in June of 2015. Then Mascot decided to press more colours and black vinyl, as well.”

Obviously the two started discussing Lucassen’s other projects as well. When the topic of Ayreon came up, Ed van Zijl offered Lucassen a deal he couldn’t refuse… or could he? It took Lucassen six months to decide: “At first I didn’t feel the urge to change labels. But in the back of my mind was the feeling that I really liked the atmosphere and the people at Mascot. This Dutch company, close by, just felt good.” The idea of trying something new finally tipped the scales: “Ed simply said yes to everything I asked for! Plus, it was time for a fresh new start.”

Ayreon studio albums re-issued via Mascot / Music Theories Recordings include:

The Final Experiment
Actual Fantasy
Into the Electric Castle
Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer
Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator
The Human Equation

AYREON Signs With Mascot Label Group; Complete Catalogue Re-Issued



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