Ayreon - Into The Electric Castle

8.7 | 503 votes |
Release date: 1998
Style: Progressive metal


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Disc I
01. Welcome To The New Dimension [feat. Peter Daltrey]
02. Isis And Osiris [feat. Fish, Sharon Den Adel, Damian Wilson, Edwin Balogh & Anneke Van Giersbergen]
    1 - Let The Journey Begin
    2 - The Hall Of Isis And Osiris
    3 - Strange Constellations
    4 - Reprise
03. Amazing Flight [feat. Jay Van Fegellen & Arjen Anthony Lucassen]
    1 - Amazing Flight In Space
    2 - Stardance
    3 - Flying Colours
04. Time Beyond Time [feat. Edward Reekers, Damian Wilson & Edwin Balogh]
05. The Decision Tree (We're Alive) [feat. Jay Van Fegellen & Fish]
06. Tunnel Of Light [feat. Fish, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Edwin Balogh & Damian Wilson]
07. Across The Rainbow Bridge [feat. Damian Wilson, Edwin Balogh & Arjen Anthony Lucassen]

Disc II
01. The Garden Of Emotions [feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen, Edwin Balogh, Jay Van Feggelen, Sharon Den Adel, Damian Wilson, Edward Reekers & Arjen Anthony Lucassen]
    1 - In The Garden Of Emotions
    2 - Voices In The Sky
    3 - The Aggression Factor
02. Valley Of The Queens [feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen]
03. The Castle Hall [feat. Damian Wilson & Jay Van Feggelen]
04. Tower Of Hope [feat. Damian Wilson, Jay Van Feggelen, Arjen Anthony Lucassen & Edward Reekers]
05. Cosmic Fusion [feat. Sharon Den Adel, Edwin Balogh, Edward Reekers, George Oosthoek & Robert Westerholt]
    1 - I Soar On The Breeze
    2 - Death's Grunt
    3 - The Passing Of An Eagle
06. The Mirror Maze [feat. Edward Reekers, Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Damian Wilson & Edwin Balogh]
    1 - Inside The Mirror Maze
    2 - Through The Mirror
07. Evil Devolution [feat. Edward Reekers]
08. The Two Gates [feat. Jay Van Feggelen & Damian Wilson]
09. "Forever" Of The Stars
10. Another Time, Another Space [feat. Edward Reekers, Edwin Balogh, Damian Wilson & Arjen Anthony Lucassen]

Top 20 albums of 1998: 12

Arjen Anthony Lucassen - vocals, guitars, bass, synths, keyboards, mandoline

Additional musicians:

Peter Daltrey - voice
Derek William "Fish" Dick - vocals
Sharon den Adel - vocals
Damian Wilson - vocals
Edwin Balogh - vocals
Anneke Van Giersbergen - vocals
Jan van Feggelen - vocals
Edward Reekers - vocals
Robert Westerholt - vocals
George "Dr. Ranzzz" Oosthoek - vocals

Ed Warby - drums
Robby Valentine - piano, mellotron, synth solos
Ernö Olah - violins
Jack Pisters - sitar
Taco Kooistra - celli
Rene Merkelbach - synth solos, harpsichord
Ton Scherpenzeel - synth solos
Clive Nolan - synth solos
Roland Bakker - Hammond organ
Thijs van Leer - flute

Additional info
Produced by Arjen Anthony Lucassen.

Re-released 2004

Released on vinyl in 2011 on Inside Out, on black, white, gold and grey vinyl.

Guest review by
The third time's the charm. Or so they say. How appropriate it is then that my third review should be a review of Ayreon's third and best (or second best, if you prefer The Human Equation) album, the progressive rock/metal masterpiece that is Into The Electric Castle. As most fans of Arjen Anthony Lucassen probably already know, he never intended for this album to be anything other than a masterful work, because he believed that the vitality of his Ayreon project depended upon it. With this in mind, Arjen created the concept and music for a progressive sci-fi epic and gathered some of the best vocalists around. Now thirteen years later, here I am to state the obvious: Arjen and co succeeded in their goal, they succeeded in every possible way.

published 01.03.2011 | Comments (10)

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25.12.2009 - 13:31
Baz Anderson
Christmas dinner album 2009. And surely one of the best albums ever.
13.02.2011 - 22:23
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Finally got my hands (and ears) on it. Definitely one of the best prog albums ever created. A true gem with a cool story, great music and excellent performances. My second favorite Ayreon album to date.
14.02.2011 - 00:31
Yeah I just heard this for the first time yesterday Niiiiiiice. It'll take some time to process but it was definitely an experience!
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
04.11.2012 - 21:25
Rating: 10
Erik M.
My favourite Ayreon album by far, it's an epic masterpiece. The Human Equation is great, but unlike most people I think this is a lot better.
21.01.2014 - 23:54
Rating: 10
Ryan Zane
This album really is an odyssey especially Cosmic Fusion one of the best songs heard sensational and highly recommended album almost as much as 01011001 and The human equation.
30.08.2014 - 22:40
If this album was barbecue sauce, I would slather it all over myself, gently marinate and roast in a smoky seasoning for a couple days, and eat myself. Not even a bad song on the whole thing.

Written by Erik M. on 04.11.2012 at 21:25

My favourite Ayreon album by far, it's an epic masterpiece.

I take back everything bad I have ever said about you
30.08.2018 - 16:06
Donkey Hotte
Re-visited this album in recent days, giving it quite a few spins and I am genuinely surprised at how boring I find many parts of this. It's considered a classic by many and I used to think it was great, but now I'd probably not rate it even an 8 out of 10. I'm beginning to think that Arjen is overrated as a songwriter. His efforts in bringing great vocalists together and making them give their all is admirable still, but the music on this just doesn't make me feel much anymore. I still think it's a good album, but nowhere near worthy the status of a classic.
I am not nor have I ever been a musician or a member of a one-man band, especially a band that has a name that starts with "D".
21.10.2019 - 16:07
Rating: 8
Mountain King
K i K o
Less metal and folk than the newer albums, more dreamy and progy. Really well made and enjoyable. Some songs are unnecessary but the whole thing is one of the best prog rock out there. Top picks are "Time Beyond Time" and "Evil Devolution"

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