New Ayreon coming in 2013

October 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Ayreon news, News

The little home movie below gives you a sneak peek into the studio, a little taste of the music, and Arjen himself revealing what his next project will be.



297 Responses to “New Ayreon coming in 2013”
  1. BjΓΆrn says:

    Always great learning you’re in the process of making another album. Now please announce that Lori will be handling all the lead guitars aswell πŸ™‚ Her work on Guilt Machine (and elsewhere ofc) is outstanding.

    • Arjen says:

      Oh no, sorry Bjorn…can’t promise that πŸ™ But you’re absolutely right, and even though I might not be entirely objective I can safely say that she is amazing!

  2. Gerardo says:

    pleased to hear that!!!!!!
    you know I like a lot those albums of ayreon!!!! I’m very excited. I just received a few months ago, your new album and the one from guilt machine (that I didn’t have) and I have still more hunger ofmore great music!!! keep working like that!!!! and wish you an inspirated work!!!
    PD: It looks like my novel based on Ayreon doesn’t win a contest so I will send it to another one or maybe to some publishers. I’ll send it to you later when I put it some arrengments.


    • Gerardo says:

      another thing!!!! I almost forgot to ask: one of the things that I like the most about your works, as you know, is the conceptual thing, so, the concept will follow the story of the previous albums or you will start a new saga??? I’m curious about that.!!!


      • Arjen says:

        It will be a new story with no connection to the old story, Gerardo. The circle of the Forever race and planet Y is completed. I also thought the story was becoming a bit too complicated. Even for me πŸ™‚ I didn’t want to alienate people from my work, especially those who don’t know the earlier albums. No concrete ideas about the new one yet, I hope the music will inspire me!

  3. Javiero says:

    Amazing, thank you Arjen: this monday just went from a dark, cold morning to a colorful day!

    I wish you fun creating this one (it will be fun checking your site every hour or so, too)

    Gracias Arjen!

    • Arjen says:

      Thanks Javiero, I’m already having plenty of fun working on this one πŸ™‚ But I guess you’re gonna have to be patient, it might take another year before everything is finished. We will keep you updated of course via the newsletter!

  4. Mark says:

    Its great to hear a new project is in the works. I am sure it will be great as alwqys.

  5. Alex says:

    Hoi Arjen,

    Ik wil mijn bewondering uitspreken voor datgene wat je hebt bereikt. Ik weet wel zeker dat de meeste mensen volledig onderschatten hoe zo’n grote speler je bent in de rock/metal/prog/symfo wereld!
    Ik kan me de begin dagen nog herinneren. De grunge die Vengeance nieuwe stijl de das om deed(ondanks sterk nieuw materiaal en een goede zanger) en vervolgens het risico wat je nam om muziek te gaan maken in deze stijl die vooral toen behoorlijk impopulair was. Was het puur de liefde voor de muziek dat besloot om deze stap te zetten?


    • Arjen says:

      Bedankt voor je mooie woorden, Alex!

      Oh ja, zeker weten. Jaren lang had ik geprobeerd muziek te maken voor anderen, met Ayreon ging ik dat eens puur voor mijzelf doen. Wat schetst mijn verbazing toen andere mensen het ook nog eens leuk vonden en het zowaar een succes werd!

  6. Dennis says:

    Great to hear. Even though I basically know nothing about the new album I’m already incredibly excited. So looking forward to what you’re coming up with this time.

  7. Rubenceno says:

    Oh yeah!!!! Great news!!!!
    And the video is great!!! I love it, hahahahaha!!!! The thing with the costumes is hilarious XD. Moreover the music sounding is amazing. Oh yeahhhhh!!!!

    Cheers and have fun with the project!!!!

    • Arjen says:

      Glad you like the silly costumes, Ruben, I already regret putting them on myself though, haha! Thanks for the compliment πŸ™‚

  8. thebass says:

    man next year will be so epic i can’t wait for the new album and still i got not my ayreon collection complete i hope that you will get fantastic singers

    keep your work up and rock on/ the nice prog

  9. Daniel GarcΓ­a GutiΓ©rrez says:

    Amazing news!!! The new Ayreon’s chapter, wow!…Arjen your music inspires me, rarely hear an album from start to finish, with you…is required!!!

    I can’t wait to hear this album

    From MΓ©xico: Viva Ayreon!!!!!! Cheers!

  10. Erik says:

    Hello Arjen,

    I’m very excited about the upcoming Ayreon album, it’s great to hear the mighty Hammond roar again, without a doubt one of the greatest instruments ever. Anyway, I was listening to the Star One: live on earth album, and i noticed that you’re quite a good lead guitarist, can we except some longer guitar solo’s on the next record ?

    Groeten uit Roosendaal,


    • Arjen says:

      Oh…so far the Hammond is roaring on practically every track, Erik! Not sure about the long guitar solos, that means I’ll have to practice, and I hate that so much πŸ™‚ Thanks for the compliment though!

  11. Hey,

    That’s great news.Maybe there will be some influences from your solo album
    ,which i enjoyed a lot actually,you know i liked the spaces and the room it had,
    well just an idea
    greetings from Michael

    • Arjen says:

      Thanks Michael, glad you enjoy the solo album! Yes, I especially like the long Lost in the New Real track. I definitely want to capture that feel again on the Ayreon album, if I can. And also go back to the transparency of the Electric Castle album. Let’s see if I can do it this time!

      • Charles says:

        Oh wow, this looks just awesome. I am so hyped for this. You make some of the best music I’ve ever listened to.
        Will you be doing a tour with this? Would you consider coming to australia

        • Arjen says:

          Thanks for your kind words, Charles! But sorry, I haven’t toured in a long time and I have no plans to do so. I see myself as a producer / composer, I hate playing live…sorry again! Anyway, that gives me more time to work on new music πŸ™‚

          • Charles says:

            No, no problem! I can’t believe I’m actually able to talk to you anyway. I’m grateful that you actually took the time to say so.
            Just keep on producing that spectacular music!

  12. Roger says:

    Hey Arjen,

    Super nieuws!!
    Mocht je nog op zoek zijn naar nieuwe interessante zangers en zangeressen, dan raad ik je aan eens te luisteren naar Five Finger Death Punch (Album War is the answer). Die zanger (Ivan Moody)heeft stem waarvan ik denk dat je hem goed kunt gebruiken. πŸ™‚
    wat een zangeres betreft, zou het leuk zijn om Tarja Turunen terug te horen op een ayreon album… (eerlijke ruil voor Floor πŸ˜‰

    In ieder geval veel succes met het album en hopelijk kunnen we er snel wat voorproefjes van horen/zien.

    Groeten Roger

    • Arjen says:

      Bedankt voor de tips, Roger, ik zal eens luisteren! En voorproefjes gaan geregeld worden. Kan alleen nog wel even duren hoor! πŸ™‚

  13. Chris says:

    To say I am beyond excited is an understatement. Next year can’t come fast enough! Any idea when we can get a preview like Lost In The New Real trailer? If I can listen to that any time soon I will be a happy man πŸ˜€

    • Arjen says:

      Glad you’re excited, Chris! But I’m afraid that will still take a while, I’ve only just started… Maybe in about half a year or so? I’ll hurry up πŸ™‚

  14. Branco Rood says:

    wordt het een beetje een Into The Electric Castle album? En komt Floor Jansen terug, al is ze bezig met Nightwish? In ieder geval veel succes met inspiratie opdoen (en ik hoop dat het net zo goed wordt als al je andere albums!!!)

    Groeten Branco,

    PS: Ik zou wat meer acoustische gitaar ook niet verkeerd vinden πŸ™‚

    • Arjen says:

      Het wordt zeker geen Electric Castle part 2, Branco, maar ik wil wel weer graag een wat transparanter album maken. Als het lukt πŸ™‚

      Ik heb hier een lijst met zo’n 200 zangers, en ik moet nog kiezen! Het gaat er uiteindelijk om wat ik voor stemmen nodig heb voor het verhaal en de muziek. Te vroeg nog dus… Maar Floor is natuurlijk altijd een optie!

      Akoestische gitaar komt voor mekaar πŸ™‚

  15. Morten says:

    A new Ayreon album in 2013?! Best news so far This year! Ok, off to hypersleep, wake me up on release Day! Way to go Arjen, can’t freakin wait!!! Best wiehes!

    • Arjen says:

      I’m afraid it will be quite a long hyper-sleep, Morten, you might wake up lost in the New Real! Okay then…enough banter, back to the studio for me πŸ™‚

  16. Kas says:

    Supervet dat het dus toch een nieuwe Ayreon plaat was! Toch wel waar iedereen het meest op hoopte denk ik!

    Een jaartje wachten moet wel lukken, ik heb er blind vertrouwen in dat het weer een meesterwerk gaat worden πŸ˜€

    Ik weet trouwens niet waar ik het lef vandaan haal om een muzikant van jouw niveau iets aan te raden, maar ik wil toch even zeggen dat het zomaar zou kunnen dat enkele unieke karakteristieke stemmen als die van Joacim Cans (Hammerfall), Matthew Barlow (Iced Earth), Mille Petrozza (Kreator) en Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray/Helloween) wel eens heel goed zouden kunnen werken in een Ayreon verhaal πŸ˜€

    Ik hoop dat je tegen de tijd van de release nog een soort van live show kan geven. Als grote fan weet ik natuurlijk dat je niet toured en dit ook onmogelijk is, maar in het verleden waren er nog wel een paar shows voor het uitkomen van een album he? Ik heb je als redelijk nieuwe fan nog nooit live gezien en zou er zonder één moment van twijfel het land voor doorreizen πŸ™‚

    Veel succes met het maken van het nieuwe album, ik wacht geduldig…

    • Arjen says:

      Ik denk het ook, Kas, ik heb zo veel berichten gehad van mensen die op een nieuwe Ayreon aan het wachten waren πŸ™‚

      Bedankt voor het blinde (of is het dove?) vertrouwen!

      Bedankt voor de tips, ik ga luisteren. Alhoewel ik al een flinke lijst met zangers heb klaarliggen hier.

      Ik kan je alleen niets beloven wat betreft het live spelen, ik haat het en ik ben nogal een kluizenaar.

      Bedankt voor je berichtje!

      • Kas says:

        Bedankt voor de reactie! Tof dat je dagelijks zoveel tijd neemt om fans te beantwoorden, respect daarvoor!

        Over doof vertrouwen gesproken, ik vroeg me nog één ding af. Hoe is het nu met je gehoor? Ik schrok me namelijk dood toen ik een tijdje terug las dat je zomaar een oorsuis had gekregen, jij bent wel een van de laatste personen op deze planeet die dat moet overkomen. Is het nog verminderd? Of denk je dat het ooit problemen zal gaan opleveren met het schrijven of producen?

        Want “I feel your pain”, slechte oren zit in mijn familie, ik heb al vanaf mijn geboorte een hele lichte suis en die is ietsje erger geworden nadat ik stom genoeg drie concerten heb bijgewoond zonder dopjes, ben er nu wel héél zuinig op!

        Groeten van een bezorgde fan!

        • Arjen says:

          Graag gedaan, Kas.

          Tja, de piep/suis zal nooit meer weg gaan…maar ik moet wel zeggen dat ik er langzaam aan begin te wennen. Als ik er niet aan denk, hoor ik het niet. Maar als er bewust van ben is het echt wel irritant… Maar het belemmerd me niet in het muziek maken gelukkig. Bedankt voor je bezorgdheid, maar niet nodig! En wees maar voorzichtig, maar één keer te harde geluiden is genoeg…

          • Kas says:

            Okee gelukkig maar,

            Maarja als Sci-Fi fans kunnen we nog altijd stiekem stilletjes hopen op wat de toekomst zal bieden voor behandelingen met stamcellen o.i.d. om gehoorschade te herstellen πŸ™‚

            Misschien over lange tijd (Als je 164 bent :D) vinden ze wat..

          • Arjen says:

            Precies, Kas! Alleen jammer dat de wereld vergaat in 2084… πŸ™‚

  17. Larisa says:

    I think it’s wonderful, that there is a new Aureon!!! I love your work, all of your albums – super beautiful! I wish you every success and happiness!

  18. Sebastian says:


    A new Ayreon is also exciting, yay for that!

  19. Yep, still awesome. I can’t wait. Could you tell somthing about plot? I thought 01011001 it’s a conclusion all saga.

    • Arjen says:

      I first write and record the music and then I let the music inspire me to come up with a concept and lyrics, Michal. So…too early to say! I do know it will be a new story now, not a continuation of the ‘Forever Race’ story. Indeed that circle is completed!

  20. Sam vimes says:

    Give us names! Names of your guests! I hope Hansi is in again! And please join forces with Tobi!

    • Arjen says:

      Way too early for the guests, Sam, first I have to finish the music! And if I knew already…I wouldn’t tell you anyway, hehe πŸ™‚

      • Sam Vimes says:

        Did you know that Tobi announced a new Avantasia? How about some cross-references between your albums? Would be out if this world! I really loved the Ayreon vs. Avantasia disk. You two could do unbelievable music magic together

        • Arjen says:

          Yes Sam, I heard. Indeed, Tobi is a very talented dude! But I do think our music is quite different. And both our egos way too big, haha!

  21. Thierry says:

    Great new Arjen !
    And i’m sure 2013 will be a great year !!!
    Best wishes Arjen
    Thierry & Sophie from (do you remember our graphical contest about into the electric castel ? … good memories)

    • Arjen says:

      Of course I remember, Thierry, hope all is well with you and Sophie! I’ll make sure to make 2013 a good year πŸ™‚

      • Thierry says:

        Thank you Arjen!
        What I appreciate about you is that you always reply to messages or e-mails. You are very available for your fans. This is great!
        Do you plan a European tour and especially in the southeast of France?
        I would really like to see you on stage at least once in my life (and I’ve already started the second part of it! … Lol)

        • Arjen says:

          My pleasure, Thierry. I learn a lot from reading all your messages. Since I don’t play live anymore this is a great way to stay in contact with the fans!

  22. George says:

    Great news from a fan in America. Mostly a metal/prog metal fan, but I like the diversity in everything you do. Is it fair to say that your music has a big 70s influence in song structure? Like the way you build songs and the bass sound? The bottom end makes everything come alive with a big stereo system to listen music on.

    • Arjen says:

      Oh yes George, I was born in 1960 so I grew up in the 70’s. I believe that the music you listen to in your formative years inspires you the most. And yes, I always make sure there is some nice sub-low in my productions. I’ve been told my music already blew up quite a lot of speakers I’m sorry to say πŸ™‚

  23. Marian says:

    Hey Arjen, great news to hear!

    I’m really curious about what you have in mind with regards to the storytelling. Are you going to continue the Forever-Saga?

    Thinking about which singers you are planning to chose, I would really love to hear Michael Kiske on the new Ayreon! I think he’d be a great choice!

    I’m always overwhelmed by your pieces of work. All your output is – as you would probably call it – amazing! I wish you the very best!

    Kind regards

    Marian from Germany

    PS: Please consider touring through Germany. I would love to see you guys on stage!

    • Arjen says:

      No Marian, the Forever story was concluded on the Timeline album. I thought it was becoming a bit too complicated…even for me! No concrete ideas yet about a new story, I hope the music will inspire me. But sorry, I haven’t played live in a long time and I have no plans to do so… I’ll do my extra best on the new album though πŸ™‚

    • Arjen says:

      My pleasure, Marian! No, the Forever saga is now finished, the conclusion was featured on the Timeline album on the track ‘The Memory Remains’. So I’m going to have to come up with something new this time πŸ™‚

      But sorry, I very rarely play live and I have no plans to do so…

      Working hard on the new Ayreon though…I’ll do my extra best πŸ™‚

  24. Sascha says:

    Hallo Arjen,
    like it was mentioned here before: a symbiosis with Mr. Sammet as guest + your music on the 2013 record would be awesome! I hope this dream comes true… πŸ˜‰
    Anyway, I wish you all the best for your work on the new material (can’t hardly await to hold it in hands :-)), happiness and health in general and just a good time!

    Best wishes from Germany, rock on…


    • Arjen says:

      Thanks for your message, Sascha, much appreciated! And oh, I just answered the mr Sammet question in an earlier message πŸ™‚

  25. Lauta says:

    Thank you for that great new!! The imaginative writer y the amazing musician will go together again.

  26. Fabrizio says:

    Great news, man. Ayreon is form me, the best thing of yours !
    A little disappointed for the start of a new story, indeed. I was really involved in Forever things and everytime I listen to each part of the arc, I discover new secrets and details…so I always hoped a new “deeper” chapter, maybe about the born of the New Migrator or something else.

    But I’m too excited for any outcome of your new ayr-inspiration !
    Give us “waking dreams” as usual…

    …and (please !) just a little Forever echo ! πŸ˜€

    • Arjen says:

      Excellent Fabrizio, good to know you’re looking forward to it! Sorry for the new story, but I didn’t want to alienate people who don’t know the older albums. But who knows, maybe one day I’ll return to it!

  27. Michael S says:

    Awesome news! May I sing on this album? πŸ™‚

  28. Janos Biro says:

    What Pink Floyd was for me when i was teenager (well, it was long ago.. πŸ™‚ ) it has been the Ayreon project in the last years since the very first album came out… The Lost In The New Real was also a masterpiece, and i hope the new Ayreon will be even greater!
    The new release will be a good opportunity to establish the fan site eventually for hungarian fans.. It’s been “in-progess” since i purchased the domain a few years ago :S
    Also, not sure that how the new album will relate to the others but if it is going to be some kind of closure, it would a good idea to release all the albums in a super-special kind of bundle πŸ™‚
    Anyway, count on me if you’re planning this or any sort of deluxe edition of the new album! πŸ™‚

    Best wishes for the future, and please never stop composing these ever-lasting masterpieces, your albums mean a lot to me and many others!

    • Arjen says:

      Wow…I like the comparison with the mighty Floyd…thanks, Janos!

      The album will not be a closure, quite the contrary… it will be a new start! Nevertheless, it WILL get a super-special deluxe package treatment πŸ™‚

      And I will make it better, in fact I’m off to the studio again now πŸ™‚

  29. Taylor says:

    This is such good news. I’m so excited! I recently setup a completely new sound system at home and decided to put on some tunes that could really flex the system and sound good while doing it. Ayreon was the first thing that came to mind. As I sat and listened to the remastered Actual Fantasy release, I couldn’t help but wonder if another Ayreon album would ever come.

    Arjen I know you were displeased and possibly even hurt with some of the reviews for 01011001. You said “As for whether there will be another Ayreon album, I’m never sure. Ten years could go by before I decide to do another one. I have to say that a lot of the reviews for 01 said it had some cool moments but it had that typical Ayreon sound, that there was nothing new being offered, and I think I can agree with that. I decided I’m going to stop with this Ayreon story, with this sound, and concentrate on other projects first.”

    I was disappointed that you’d let an external source, a music review, something objective and opinionated at that, SWAY your feelings towards the music of Ayreon. Ayreon is you and I believe that music comes from your heart. Don’t let the critics dictate your musical and artistic path.

    I am so thrilled to hear what you do next and if the short clips in the teaser video are anything to go on, I think we’re in for a treat!!!

    I’m an audiophile, a sound system junkie and music is the blood in my veins! When the next album comes out I’m calling over three of my friends who are also music nuts, and we’re going to have a listening party in the dark. Sipping craft beers, listening to what you will create!

    Good luck with the album.

    Taylor πŸ™‚

    • Arjen says:

      Don’t worry, Taylor, I’m only affected by reviews when deep inside I agree a little, even if I don’t want to! I’m very proud of 01011001, but I do think the story was getting a bit too complicated, and that listeners were starting to get a bit alienated by the story, especially those who don’t know the earlier albums. What I was simply trying to say is that it was time for a new story. But I would never stop with Ayreon, it’s my favorite project! Not sure if I can come up with a new sound though, I love the sounds I’ve been using so much πŸ™‚ Anyway, I will make sure to please the audiophile in you and make your listening party a success! Thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚

  30. Cesar says:

    Arjen, you cannot imagine what a big smile these news have brought to my face.
    To think a new Ayreon adventure begins, itΒ΄s great.

    I haven’t had time to visit the website because of work, and now that I come back, I read this amazing news πŸ™‚

    Indeed you are a genius… The ability you have, to make concept albums, full stories, emotive characters, is simply awesome.

    I imagine it must be hard to have all the people specting more and more, yet the bottom line is…. you come up with masterpieces every fuck?ng time πŸ˜€

    Cannot wait to know who will you invite to this album, known voices, unknown voices, what is certain is that after ‘The new real’, all of us will be specting your voice on more than 1 track.

    WeΒ΄ll be waiting for this epic return, after the mistaken prophecy of 2012Β΄s end of the world, this will be a fresh wind that will combine new sounds with echoes of the past Forever saga.

    I thank you for all the time and heart you put into your music…
    I can say, the best part of this is that… AYREON IS BACK.

    Sorry for the long message.
    Gracias hermano y saludos.

    • Arjen says:

      Thanks for the confidence and the compliments, Cesar! Oh no, not hard it all…I love the challenge and it inspires me. It’s a great feeling that the fans are waiting for my music!