Mastermind Arjen Lucassen has been hard at work on the forthcoming new AYREON album, The Theory Of Everything. Ayreon albums are known for their array of guests, and Arjen recently launched a special online contest so that fans can guess the musicians that will be featured on the album.
An update from Lucassen: “Here’s the last guessing contest for now! A real magician, this time… can you name the musician, his current band and the two instruments you hear in this sample?”
Lucassen previously revealed NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala, EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER keyboardist Keith Emerson, GRAND MAGUS vocalist JB, YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman, LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia, DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess, Michael Mills from TOEHIDER, Steve Hackett of GENESIS fame, John Wetton (ASIA, KING CRIMSON), Sara Squadrani (ANCIENT BARDS), and Tommy Karevik (KAMELOT) will appear on the album.
Lucassen also commented further on the new album: “It’s going to be a double album, so there is a lot to write! It’s extra challenging as well, because lyrically I’ve left the old Ayreon universe behind and have to create a new one from scratch. I’m really excited about the line-up and how everything is PROGressing so far. There is physics involved, but mainly it’s about human relationships and the emotional costs that come with treading the fine line between genius and madness.”