Ayreon – 01011001 (2008)

1. Waking Dreams
2. Beneath The Waves
3. The Truth Is In Here

Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen started out his project Ayreon in the mid 90’s. His vision was to produce conceptual progressive rock music with several guest vocalists to represent the different characters of the story. “01011001” is the eighth album of Ayreon and feature artists like Bob Catley (Magnum), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain Of Salvation), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tom Englund (Evergrey) and Jörn Lande (Masterplan etc.) to name a few. I have no interest in the actual story, but musically it’s a smorgasbord of enjoyable arrangements, haunting melodies and world class vocal performances. If Pink Floyd were to play hard rock, this is what it would sound like!

Missing branch on the tree
We are your root, we are your blood
Come to you in waking dreams”
– Waking Dreams –