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We must prepare for the day that the world breaks down

The Source is the ninth studio album from Ayreon, it was released on April 28th, 2017, under the Mascot Label Group.

Synopsis Edit

The Source marks the return to the science fiction story line of previous Ayreon albums, serving as prequel for 01011001, making it the first one of the chronology as this album explores the origins of the Forever, the alien race from Y which is an important part of the story line. The story starts at the verge of the apocalypse on planet Alpha, follows the Ten, chosen Alphans who will allow the human race to survive, as they escape the planet, travel the stars, and end up on planet Y.

Cast Edit

Vocalists Edit

(Listed in order of appearance)

Detailed information on all characters can be found on the page Characters from The Source

Musicians Edit

  • Arjen Anthony Lucassen – Electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, mandolin, synthesizers, Hammond, Solina Strings, all other instruments
  • Ed Warby – Drums

Guest Musicians Edit

  • Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever) – Grand piano and electric piano
  • Mark Kelly (Marillion) – Synthesizer solo on "The Dream Dissolves"
  • Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky) – Cello
  • Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) – Guitar solo on "Star of Sirrah"
  • Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, ex-Asia) – Guitar solo on "Planet Y Is Alive!"
  • Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) – Guitar solo on "The Dream Dissolves"
  • Ben Mathot – Violin
  • Jeroen Goossens (ex-Pater Moeskroen) – Wind instruments

Track list Edit

The album is divided in four "chronicles", with each one of these chapters having an introduction by The Historian in order to gave more context of the history.

CD 1Edit

Chronicle 1: The 'Frame Edit

Chronicle 2: The Aligning of the Ten Edit

CD 2Edit

Chronicle 3: The Transmigration Edit

Chronicle 4: The Rebirth Edit

"The Theory of Everything"
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