Arjen Anthony Lucassen born Apr 3rd, 1960 in Hilversum in The Netherlands is composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who’s worked with a bevy of bands, projects, and different musical styles in his 30+ year career.
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 if you prefere that. Because the albums contain complex storylines featuring a host of characters, usually with each one being represented by a unique vocalist.
Arjen Anthony Lucassen states, «In case you’re not entirely convinced yet… I’m very proud to present you the 7-minute trailer with lots of info and music, edited once again by David Letelier. Hope you enjoy the magical world of Transitus!».
The guest artist are many and very talented! Arjen Lucassen is joined by a host of guests including former Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, Epica’s Simone Simons, Kamelot’s Tommy Karevik, guitarist Marty Friedman and more – with former Doctor Who actor Tom Baker narrating the sprawling concept album.
The record will focus on a new story that’s not connected to the Ayreon universe, and will fuse a sci-fi theme with a gothic ghost story, partially set in the 19th century starring lead characters Abby and Daniel.
Lucassen states: «I was looking for a real storyteller with a mature, deep, warm voice. As a kid, I was a huge Doctor Who fan and my favorite doctor was Tom Baker. I couldn’t believe my luck when he agreed to do it! We went to the UK to record him, and it was one of those unforgettable experiences».
As for the wider album, Lucassen adds: «When I started this I just had no idea that it was going to take me this long! It took about three years from start to finish, and it pushed me out of my comfort zone musically and creatively».
«But I always need that challenge. The harder it is, the more fun for me to work on it! This is without a doubt the most cinematic and outrageous album I’ve ever done».
Transitus will be released on 2CD, 2LP gatefold red transparent vinyl, and a 48-page Earbook which includes 5 discs – the album on 2CD, a CD of instrumental versions, a CD of guide vocal versions, and a DVD with will include a behind the scenes video, a 5.1 audio and hi-def stereo mix of the album.
The release will be accompanied by a 28-page graphic novel by artist Felix Vega, which will also be included in the 2LP version.