Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ayreon - The Human Equation (2004)

The Human Equation is the sixth album by Arjen Anthony Lucassen, released under the name Ayreon. It was released on May 25, 2004. As with other Ayreon albums, it features guest appearances from several musicians previously unrelated to the project, including James LaBrie of Dream Theater, Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, Eric Clayton of Saviour Machine, and Devin Townsend, performing music arranged and written by Lucassen. The album explores the idea of psychological rebirth, and follows the story of a man who, after falling into a coma following a car accident, is confronted with his past, his emotions, and his current situation as he lays trapped inside his own mind. The circumstances surrounding the accident are mysterious, as the man ("Me", portrayed by James LaBrie) ploughed into a tree on a deserted road in broad daylight. Following this, he slips into a twenty-day coma, with each day represented by a single song. Each song follows a slightly different format, though there are major common themes, such as the presence of Me's manifest emotions in his dream world (including Fear portrayed by Mikael Akerfeldt, Reason portrayed by Eric Clayton, and Pride portrayed by Magnus Ekwall); the presence of Me's Wife (Marcela Bovio) and Best Friend (Arjen Anthony Lucassen) at his bedside; and the past events that Me is forced to reflect on. - Wikipedia

James LaBrie as Me 
Mikael Akerfeldt as Fear 
Eric Clayton as Reason 
Heather Findlay as Love 
Irene Jansen as Passion 
Magnus Ekwall as Pride 
Devon Graves as Agony 
Marcela Bovio  as Wife 
Mike Baker as Father 
Arjen Lucassen as Best Friend 
Devin Townsend as Rage 
Peter Daltrey as Forever  

Arjen Lucassen - Guitars, Bass Guitars, Mandolin, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Hammond 
Ed Warby - Drums and Percussion 
Robert Baba - Violins 
Marieke van den Broek - Cellos
John McManus - Flute 
Jeroen Goossens - Flute 
Joost van den Broek - Synthesizer 
Martin Orford - Synthesize 
Ken Hensley - Hammon 
Oliver Wakeman - Synthesizer

1. Day One: Vigil (1:33)
2. Day Two: Isolation (8:42)
3. Day Three: Pain (4:58)
4. Day Four: Mystery (5:37)
5. Day Five: Voices (7:09)
6. Day Six: Childhood (5:05)
7. Day Seven: Hope (2:47)
8. Day Eight: School (4:22)
9. Day Nine: Playground (2:15)
10. Day Ten: Memories (3:57)
11. Day Eleven: Love (4:18)
12. Day Twelve: Trauma (9:00)
13. Day Thirteen: Sign (4:47)
14. Day Fourteen: Pride (4:42)
15. Day Fifteen: Betrayal (5:24)
16. Day Sixteen: Loser (4:46)
17. Day Seventeen: Accident? (5:42)
18. Day Eighteen: Realization (4:31)
19. Day Nineteen: Disclosure (4:42)
20. Day Twenty: Confrontation (7:03)


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