The masters of science fiction and music. Ayreon is a Progressive Metal band from the Netherlands formed by the mastermind Arjen Luccessen. This band has since released six full albums each lasting about 90 minutes each. With each thing there’s always gonna be some story that involves the thought of scientific equations and anything that is science or sci-fi releated. In fact the title of this very album translated is Y, which is a reference to their first album with Planet Y as well as the common questions, Why does this work? Why do triangles hold better than squares? ect.
15 tracks in two discs is alot to take in. But don’t worry, if you’re a scientist of any sort, you may understand what’s going on. That being said, I don’t recommend this to anyone who doesn’t like science of any kind but that’s beside the point.
Some of the tracks can be heavy like Dream Theater and some are as soft and melodic as Porcupine Tree but whatever you like, your bound to find it here. With tracks like Age of Shadows, Ride The Comet, Connect the Dots, Beneath The Waves, The Fifth and Sixth Extinction and E=MC2 are fun to listen to and you really can’t go wrong. One thing Ayreon has also been known for is the special guests throught each album, they all get a separate part as well to add to the diversity as well. Some of the guest stars in this album include Jorn Lande, Hansi Krusch, and Floor Jansen respectively.
This album has an interesting story as well but if I told you my interpretation of it, we’d be here for quite a while but it has to do with, science of course, with this thing called the Final Experiment that the protagonists must stop as soon as possible. They somehow fail because of the E=MC2 equation stumping them(Einstein really is a genius isn’t he?) and then everyone on Earth dies from the experiment. Sounds, devastating to say the least, but I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.
I give this a 9.5/10. I am the Grim Reaper, signing off.