Ayreon - 'Timeline' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     September 30, 2010    
0.0 (0)
3490   0   1   0   0   0





This is a collection that you should check out.

You can never point the finger at Arjen Anthony Lucassen for stinting on quality because yet again this is a fabulous release that encompasses 3 audio CDs, a DVD, a poster and a monster booklet (56 pages worth), all housed in a very nice box. If you are already a fan and own every album from which all but one of the tracks included here have been taken, you are still going to want to own this splendid package. If, by some strange quirk of fate you have thus far managed not to be exposed to the delights of this music, then there is no better place to jump on the bandwagon, you won’t be disappointed.

In case you don’t know, AAL has been creating a Rock Opera about the Ayreon universe under that moniker since 1995; a cycle that was completed with the release of the brilliant ‘01011001’ early in 2008. Therefore the time was deemed right to pull the story together into one package both musically and graphically.

I should stress that it is not his intention to pull the plug on Ayreon but it will probably be on hiatus for a while until he decides where to take it next. For those who are thinking that they don’t need to buy this because they have it all already, you should be aware that there is a new track lurking inside in the form of the 9 minute ‘Epilogue: The Memory Remains’. It acts as a further insight into the final chapter of the Ayreon saga and what the future might hold for its characters. The song also introduces us to another singer to add to the already impressive list (38 lead vocalists in fact) of those who have contributed to the journey so far, in the form of Jasper Steverlinck (Arid).

A plaintive violin and stark keyboards set the atmosphere before the drums pick up the beat and a menacing organ and multi-layered guitar hark back to the themes from ‘01011001’. Lori Linstruth’s guitar solo is wonderful, whilst Steverlinck’s voice has a passing resemblance to that of Freddie Mercury. Indeed, on the vocal sections there is a Queen-like quality. The song builds to the big climax where Muse comes to mind, before sound effects complete the picture. Before you ask, no it doesn’t sound like a filler or a leftover; this is a good track and one worthy of inclusion.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

In addition to this new track there are another 32 (close to four hours of music) which have all been specifically remastered for this release, whilst the DVD represents another two hours of material comprising released and unreleased video clips, behind the scenes featurettes, 5.1 mixes and live performances of Ayreon tracks (by Star One and Stream of Passion), so all in all an exceptional collection.

What can I tell you about the music? It’s epic, grandiose, glorious overblown in places, hugely melodic, diverse and thoroughly compelling. In fact there’s pretty much something for every taste encompassed within the three discs (Hard Rock, Metal, Prog Metal, Prog, Female Fronted Rock……). It would take me pages to go through and review the entire package, or for that matter to pick out highlights, because frankly there are so many and the DVDs pretty damn good too.

Yes, you can go argue about tracks that have been omitted, or in one case edited, but that would be extremely picky and rather unworthy. My one gripe, as always, would be those rare occasions when the vocals are growled or shouted rather than sung. That said, AAL has drawn some exceptional performances from the myriad musicians he has had play for him on this opus and time after time I noted that this vocalist or that vocalist had produced one of their best ever performances.

Unless you are the fluffiest of AOR fans in our readership then I suggest that this is a collection that you should check out. If we went in for multiple categories for Albums of the Year there is no doubt that this would be top of my re-issues list.

Gary Marshall

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  April 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  1  2  3  4  5  6  7
  8  91011121314

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 1 week ago
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.
  • Berny : Fireworks #86 is out now!
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #85 is out now!
  • Berny : @Bill24: Please follow the instructions at «link» or contact me directly at «email»
  • Bill24 : I cannot unzip the mp3's asking for a password. Same one I use to login with? Please someone help. Thanks.
  • SeaDog57 : thanks Berny
  • Berny : The FREE PDF version of Fireworks #82 is still available, including 88 (!!) bonus MP3 songs Just click on the banner on top of the site. Already 800+ downloads and counting!
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Apologies! Link was fixed, CD 84 is now available from the FIREWORKS menu on top of the page (for registered members only). Thanks & best wishes, B :)
  • SeaDog57 : Doesn't seem to be a download for bonus cd 84 just 2 identical versions of Bonus CD 83?
  • Rocktopia Te : Interviews with Lordi, Dee Snider, W.A.S.P., Myles Kennedy and many more. Check out the Fireworks & Rocktopia interview sections!
  • Berny : We are proud to premiere the new lyric video by MASS! Check out the news section.
  • Berny : Hi biggywiggymusic: Sorted out, apologies for the delay.
  • biggywiggymu : Hi I just ordered download of 84 - took my PayPal and then it said I didn't pay. Have the transaction number. Can someone help?
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #84 is out now!!
  • amcc1888 : Thanks Berny
  • Berny : @amcc1888: Please check your mail. Many thanks, B.
  • amcc1888 : Hi There i have ordered Fireworks Issue 83 and paid by PayPal but you have charged me twice but the download has not appeared in my account...also sent you a web contact message..anyone there to help me thanks Tony
  • Berny : We proudly present the new lyric video by AMERICAN TEARS, pls. check out our newsfeed!
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 500 live reviews on Rocktopia! Check out the latest ones, incl. Iron Maiden, Steven Tyler and Steelhouse Festival 2018!
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Purchases were added to your account. Sorry for the troubles, not sure why you are still having issues with the DL store. Pls. check your mail. Many thanks & best wishes, B.
  • Transmet1972 : Sent another email re new purchase. Same download issue. Thanks.
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Support received your message, I already sent a reply.
  • Transmet1972 : Site wont allow me to send ticket to support.
  • Transmet1972 : I cant access the files for 2 downloadable mags i purchased. Site wint
  • Graham : Hi guys i wonder if anyone knows what happend to Greg Parker who formed the band Ozz that released 2 Lps in 1980,
  • Berny : HEAVEN'S TRAIL premiere their new lyric video on Rocktopia. Check out the news section ... «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : @Berny did another lyric video for ROYAL HUNT. Pls. check out our news aection and watch the video on YouTube ... «link»
  • Hysteria : @ Rocktopia Team: GREAT SONG & VIDEO!!! Thanks for sharing!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site