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Release date: 28 October 2013
Style: Progressive metal

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Disc I
01. Phase I: Singularity
    1 - Prologue: The Blackboard
    2 - The Theory Of Everything [Part I]
    3 - Patterns
    4 - The Prodigy's World
    5 - The Teacher's Discovery
    6 - Love And Envy
    7 - Progressive Waves
    8 - The Gift
    9 - The Eleventh Dimension
    10 - Inertia
    11 - The Theory Of Everything [Part II]
02. Phase II: Symmetry
    1 - The Consultation
    2 - Diagnosis
    3 - The Argument I
    4 - The Rival's Dilemma
    5 - Surface Tension
    6 - A Reason To Live
    7 - Potential
    8 - Quantum Chaos
    9 - Dark Medicine
    10 - Alive!
    11 - The Prediction

Disc II
01. Phase III: Entanglement
    1 - Fluctuations
    2 - Transformation
    3 - Collision
    4 - Side Effects
    5 - Frequency Modulation
    6 - Magnetism
    7 - Quid Pro Quo
    8 - String Theory
    9 - Fortune?
02. Phase IV: Unification
    1 - Mirror Of Dreams
    2 - The Lighthouse
    3 - The Argument II
    4 - The Parting
    5 - The Visitation
    6 - The Breakthrough
    7 - The Note
    8 - The Uncertainty Principle
    9 - Dark Energy
    10 - The Theory Of Everything [Part III]
    11 - The Blackboard [reprise]

Disc III [Special Edition DVD]
01. The Making Of The Theory Of Everything
02. Full-length Interviews
03. Recording Session Time Lapse Footage

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Lyrics (4)


Line-up
Arjen Anthony Lucassen - all instruments, vocals

Session musicians
Ben Mathot - violin
Siddharta Barnhoorn - orchestrations
Ed Warby - drums
Maaike Peterse - cello

Guest musicians
Michael Mills - vocals, irish bouzouki
Janne "JB" Christoffersson - vocals
Sara Squadrani - vocals
Marco Hietala - vocals
John Wetton - vocals
Cristina Scabbia - vocals
Tommy Karevik - vocals
Troy Donockley - uillean pipes, whistles
Jordan Charles Rudess - keyboards
Rick Wakeman - keyboards
Keith Emerson - keyboards
Steve Hackett - guitar


Additional info
The Theory Of Everything is released in three differend formats:
- Limited Edition 2CD + 2CD + DVD Artbook
Artbook is LP-sized with a 48-page booklet
2+2 CDs (The actual album plus full instrumental versions)
DVD with 2 1/2 hours of behind-the scenes content, including a 47-minute "Making of" documentary, 90 minutes of in-depth interviews, and time lapse clips of the recording sessions.

- Special Edition 2CD + DVD Mediabook

- 2LP Vinyl Edition
2LP Gatefold vinyl (180g black) with 12-page booklet
2 CDs included (for listening convenience)

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Groby94 - 26.03.2013 at 17:56  
Rating: 9 Ho Lee Schitt o_O
Gopherhawk - 27.03.2013 at 04:56  
  YAY!
RealEyes - 22.06.2013 at 15:27  
 
Marcel Hubregtse - 22.06.2013 at 15:50  
  Funny how someone claims to already have it when, as far as I know, it isn't even totally finished, yet.
Dentura - 30.06.2013 at 17:25  
  Something for me to look out for, I really loved the last album, primarily since it had Jonas Renkse, Daniel Gildenlow, and Hansi Kursch (even though I heard very little from him sadly), all on the same recording which just blows my mind. I hope they bring in a ton of great new singers for this one. I'm personally hoping Tommy Karevik can be involved with this (even though he's busy with Seventh Wonder and now Kamelot), he would do an AMAZING job here.
Doge of Venice - 01.07.2013 at 05:19  
Rating: 8

Sounding pretty sweet.
TiagoPoggere - 05.08.2013 at 20:21  
  1 guy from the future already has the album!
BaneConall - 12.08.2013 at 18:51  
 
Written by TiagoPoggere on 05.08.2013 at 20:21

1 guy from the future already has the album!

Maybe Arjen secretly has an account on here. Then he wouldn't be lying since technically its all in his head even if it isn't complete yet.
TiagoPoggere - 13.08.2013 at 15:11  
 
Written by BaneConall on 12.08.2013 at 18:51

Written by TiagoPoggere on 05.08.2013 at 20:21

1 guy from the future already has the album!

Maybe Arjen secretly has an account on here. Then he wouldn't be lying since technically its all in his head even if it isn't complete yet.


makes sense
Chriwalker - 06.09.2013 at 10:12  
Rating: 10 Tommy makes an appearance and I am sold! Getting this day one! Or maybe for Christmas, who knows o.O
3rdWorld - 23.09.2013 at 07:02  
  I dont think he'll disappoint. Have to see.
Opethian - 26.09.2013 at 00:20  
Rating: 9 The Pre Orders are fucking sweet! I have to get me the T-Shirt bundle and REPRESENT!!!
Lethrokai - 04.10.2013 at 16:50  
Rating: 10
Written by Opethian on 26.09.2013 at 00:20

The Pre Orders are fucking sweet! I have to get me the T-Shirt bundle and REPRESENT!!!

Goddamnit, why does 2013 have to be such an amazing year for the prog metal scene?! (Not that I'm complaining or anything...) Ayreon, Leprous, Dream Theater, Haken, Fates Warning, Cynic, Fright Pig, Pain Of Salvation, and even the return of Queensryche... Way too many great albums to get; I can't afford all this stuff!

I'm loving all this brilliant music that everyone's releasing! My wallet, however, would beg to differ.
Chriwalker - 08.10.2013 at 10:24  
Rating: 10 Well the album (4CD+DVD) are already pre-ordered goddammit that we don't get the T-shirt bundle in Norway...
Unhealer - 16.10.2013 at 16:05  
Rating: 9 Guess what just happened!
Dargor - 16.10.2013 at 17:44  
Rating: 10
Written by Unhealer on 16.10.2013 at 16:05

Guess what just happened!


Saw that this morning too! And for those who want to be good persons and don't want to download the album, but still want to hear more, there's lot of samples on Amazon!
http://www.amazon.com/The-Theory-Everything-Ayreon/dp/B00FWAZ87I
Unhealer - 16.10.2013 at 17:48  
Rating: 9 I just wanted to know what it sounds like, but this leak is fucking awful anyway.
Teravolt_Danny - 17.10.2013 at 06:32  
  Where is everyone finding this leak? Only one I could find was on some site called getmetal, but it won't let me register
Daniell - 17.10.2013 at 22:27  
Rating: 7 Run-of-the-mill Ayreon. Zillions of musical motives, nothing really sticks in memory. Spacy keyboards, theatrical vocals, some unbearable roleplaying, good drumming (as expected). If you heard Ayreon's last two, you heard this one too.

These aren't the droids you're looking for. Move along.
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.10.2013 at 22:38  
 
Written by Daniell on 17.10.2013 at 22:27

..., good drumming (as expected). ...



that is Always a certainty with Ayreon as long as Ed Warby is behind the kit.
Daniell - 17.10.2013 at 22:44  
Rating: 7
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.10.2013 at 22:38

that is Always a certainty with Ayreon as long as Ed Warby is behind the kit.


I absolutely loved Ed's drumming since I first heard him in Gorefest around 20 years ago. Whatever I hear with him on drums was always great drumming wise.

Now, that made me want to listen to Gorefest...
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.10.2013 at 23:04  
 
Written by Daniell on 17.10.2013 at 22:44

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.10.2013 at 22:38

that is Always a certainty with Ayreon as long as Ed Warby is behind the kit.


I absolutely loved Ed's drumming since I first heard him in Gorefest around 20 years ago. Whatever I hear with him on drums was always great drumming wise.

Now, that made me want to listen to Gorefest...



and the Ed era Gorefest is the Gorefest I don't like Not because of the drumming but because of the music.
theembryo - 18.10.2013 at 08:17  
Rating: 9 Currently enjoying 01011001 - This "The Theory of Everything (Phases I and II that I have heard anyway,) sound actually better than the binary album.....
Teravolt_Danny - 18.10.2013 at 10:34  
  The music itself is good, but there are virtually no catchy songs like on The Human Equation, 0101, or Arjen's solo album. It's like Arjen decided to bring all these great vocalists aboard, but never actually wrote anything interesting for them to sing.
Lethrokai - 18.10.2013 at 14:01  
Rating: 10
Written by Teravolt_Danny on 18.10.2013 at 10:34

The music itself is good, but there are virtually no catchy songs like on The Human Equation, 0101, or Arjen's solo album. It's like Arjen decided to bring all these great vocalists aboard, but never actually wrote anything interesting for them to sing.

Really? To me it sounds more like he wanted to make the whole album incredibly addicting. Just think of the main themes of the title track(s), or the extreme change in pace at The Argument(s)... and don't even get me started on how fun of a song The Breakthrough is. The story itself is also much easier to follow (and thus catchier within itself) than his previous works.
Hughes - 18.10.2013 at 14:31  
Rating: 10
Written by Lethrokai on 18.10.2013 at 14:01

Written by Teravolt_Danny on 18.10.2013 at 10:34

The music itself is good, but there are virtually no catchy songs like on The Human Equation, 0101, or Arjen's solo album. It's like Arjen decided to bring all these great vocalists aboard, but never actually wrote anything interesting for them to sing.

Really? To me it sounds more like he wanted to make the whole album incredibly addicting. Just think of the main themes of the title track(s), or the extreme change in pace at The Argument(s)... and don't even get me started on how fun of a song The Breakthrough is. The story itself is also much easier to follow (and thus catchier within itself) than his previous works.

Love it so far , and to be honest it does have some catchy tunes plenty of em too that are currently stuck in my head u just have to listen to the album more than once or twice to thoroughly grasp it.
Lethrokai - 18.10.2013 at 15:51  
Rating: 10
Written by Hughes on 18.10.2013 at 14:31

Written by Lethrokai on 18.10.2013 at 14:01

Written by Teravolt_Danny on 18.10.2013 at 10:34

The music itself is good, but there are virtually no catchy songs like on The Human Equation, 0101, or Arjen's solo album. It's like Arjen decided to bring all these great vocalists aboard, but never actually wrote anything interesting for them to sing.

Really? To me it sounds more like he wanted to make the whole album incredibly addicting. Just think of the main themes of the title track(s), or the extreme change in pace at The Argument(s)... and don't even get me started on how fun of a song The Breakthrough is. The story itself is also much easier to follow (and thus catchier within itself) than his previous works.

Love it so far , and to be honest it does have some catchy tunes plenty of em too that are currently stuck in my head u just have to listen to the album more than once or twice to thoroughly grasp it.

Definitely. As is the norm with Ayreon's works, it takes quite a few listens (and a full understanding of the story and characters) before you can truly appreciate this for what it is.
Dima - 19.10.2013 at 02:55  
Rating: 9
Written by Lethrokai on 18.10.2013 at 15:51

Written by Hughes on 18.10.2013 at 14:31

Written by Lethrokai on 18.10.2013 at 14:01

Written by Teravolt_Danny on 18.10.2013 at 10:34

The music itself is good, but there are virtually no catchy songs like on The Human Equation, 0101, or Arjen's solo album. It's like Arjen decided to bring all these great vocalists aboard, but never actually wrote anything interesting for them to sing.

Really? To me it sounds more like he wanted to make the whole album incredibly addicting. Just think of the main themes of the title track(s), or the extreme change in pace at The Argument(s)... and don't even get me started on how fun of a song The Breakthrough is. The story itself is also much easier to follow (and thus catchier within itself) than his previous works.

Love it so far , and to be honest it does have some catchy tunes plenty of em too that are currently stuck in my head u just have to listen to the album more than once or twice to thoroughly grasp it.

Definitely. As is the norm with Ayreon's works, it takes quite a few listens (and a full understanding of the story and characters) before you can truly appreciate this for what it is.


This. Thought it was pretty awful after my 1st listen. Opinion did a 180 2 listens later.
Teravolt_Danny - 19.10.2013 at 05:03  
 
Written by Lethrokai on 18.10.2013 at 14:01

Written by Teravolt_Danny on 18.10.2013 at 10:34

The music itself is good, but there are virtually no catchy songs like on The Human Equation, 0101, or Arjen's solo album. It's like Arjen decided to bring all these great vocalists aboard, but never actually wrote anything interesting for them to sing.

Really? To me it sounds more like he wanted to make the whole album incredibly addicting. Just think of the main themes of the title track(s), or the extreme change in pace at The Argument(s)... and don't even get me started on how fun of a song The Breakthrough is. The story itself is also much easier to follow (and thus catchier within itself) than his previous works.


Arjen told me himself on facebook that he wasn't trying to make this album catchy. I'd say that's a good source =)
Lethrokai - 19.10.2013 at 13:20  
Rating: 10
Written by Teravolt_Danny on 19.10.2013 at 05:03

Written by Lethrokai on 18.10.2013 at 14:01

Written by Teravolt_Danny on 18.10.2013 at 10:34

The music itself is good, but there are virtually no catchy songs like on The Human Equation, 0101, or Arjen's solo album. It's like Arjen decided to bring all these great vocalists aboard, but never actually wrote anything interesting for them to sing.

Really? To me it sounds more like he wanted to make the whole album incredibly addicting. Just think of the main themes of the title track(s), or the extreme change in pace at The Argument(s)... and don't even get me started on how fun of a song The Breakthrough is. The story itself is also much easier to follow (and thus catchier within itself) than his previous works.


Arjen told me himself on facebook that he wasn't trying to make this album catchy. I'd say that's a good source =)


Not trying to make an album catchy and trying not to make an album catchy are two different things though.
Either way, I'm just glad the album sounds as good as it does. Definitely top-tier Ayreon material!
DelightfulJim - 20.10.2013 at 01:57  
Rating: 9 What would your impression of the albums story be so far, guys? I listened to it twice so far, but some bits of the story kind of escaped me.

At first I also found the fact that almost none of the songs exceeded 4 mins a little jarring as well. I know you can just listen to them as if they were 4 tracks in total, but the way they were split up at first felt a little awkward at first listen. It really begins to fall into place afterwards though.

I think I also much prefer it to the previous album too. Sure it's not heavy or catchy, but it was pretty damn interesting with some awesome vocal performances (Dat Tommy Karevik <3).
Teravolt_Danny - 20.10.2013 at 04:26  
  The story is okay. The album is good, don't get me wrong, I guess it's just a letdown after how amazing Arjen's last three releases have been (2 ayreon and his solo album).
Lethrokai - 20.10.2013 at 18:02  
Rating: 10
Written by DelightfulJim on 20.10.2013 at 01:57

What would your impression of the albums story be so far, guys? I listened to it twice so far, but some bits of the story kind of escaped me.

At first I also found the fact that almost none of the songs exceeded 4 mins a little jarring as well. I know you can just listen to them as if they were 4 tracks in total, but the way they were split up at first felt a little awkward at first listen. It really begins to fall into place afterwards though.

I think I also much prefer it to the previous album too. Sure it's not heavy or catchy, but it was pretty damn interesting with some awesome vocal performances (Dat Tommy Karevik <3).


For me, it's definitely up their with Arjen's best. When it comes down to vocals, drumwork and synthwork, this album is by far the best that Ayreon has produced. Especially vocals, I mean just listen to some of the performances on this album and you'll realise that absolutely no-one is letting down here. Mike Mills is the biggest and best hidden talent that Ayreon has uncovered, and Marco (who I previously didn't like vocally) pulled out a performance I didn't even think he could do.

As for story, I think it's also the best Ayreon has produced. For me, it was the easiest to follow (perhaps because I could more easily identify who was singing at any given time) while also being the best developed. For the first time, we're not given a completely linear story. Every character has their own tale to tell, and the relationships between characters is great to watch. (except for the one between the Rival and the Girl - that one was kinda stupid)

When I first heard the announcement for this album, I was expecting something at the level of 01011001. However this album has far surpassed it for me. It's up there with The Human Equation as my favourite Ayreon album right now. It takes a few listens to understand it fully, but the turnout is definitely worth it.
PocketMetal - 20.10.2013 at 20:22  
  I like it ... it's an enjoyable listen and it doesn't get irritating at all. I didn't like the previous one that much ... this one is better but not his best , the vocals are really good on this album and the music keeps up with them for the most part. it's like a retrospect rather than a new direction for Ayreon.
Hughes - 21.10.2013 at 18:56  
Rating: 10 Man tha last phase's story is just incredible, especially the haunting last words from the prodigy in the final part of the song makes u think.
PhantomLord21 - 24.10.2013 at 22:53  
 
Written by Lethrokai on 04.10.2013 at 16:50

Goddamnit, why does 2013 have to be such an amazing year for the prog metal scene?! (Not that I'm complaining or anything...) Ayreon, Leprous, Dream Theater, Haken, Fates Warning, Cynic, Fright Pig, Pain Of Salvation, and even the return of Queensryche... Way too many great albums to get; I can't afford all this stuff!

Bit late to say this, but, as a non prog metal fan...I agree with you. Power metal, thrash metal and heavy metal (my usual sorts of music) have mostly been made up of poor to decent releases this year (to me, at least), but the prog scene has done fantastically, to the extent I've actually started to give a listen to some of the stuff that I'd previously written off because I'd assumed "It's prog, so it's gonna be crap". Queensryche's return made me go "OK, this is good", Crimson Glory (who I checked out because I was bored and spotted they are one of the pillars of modern prog when I was looking up more info about Queensryche) proved to be a great listen and now I'm really starting to enjoy listening to Dream Theater's new album online (the band who put me off prog in the first place) and I even strongly considered picking it up on release day, along with the new Fates Warning (still considering at the minute, but leaning towards purchasing them if I get a chance on Saturday).

Sounds like I've got a lot to catch up on, if your list is only a few of the great prog releases of 2013...
Steve Rowland - 25.10.2013 at 06:00  
  Just received my signed limited edition copy today.

Pure progressive magic.

Best album of the year for me. By far.
Darth Mitchell - 25.10.2013 at 22:37  
Rating: 9 Just listened to it the first time. Great music and great guests. But the stories end wasn't really what I hoped it would be. A little dissapointed about the story, but the music itself is great!
PocketMetal - 28.10.2013 at 10:45  
  Let the over-rating begin ...
3rdWorld - 28.10.2013 at 11:24  
 
Written by PocketMetal on 28.10.2013 at 10:45

Let the over-rating begin ...

And it has started already as this is currently at the Top of '13 and its no wonder as it is after all Ayreon.

But I personally look forward to how the bitching over vote abuse is gonna be in this thread.
Dima - 28.10.2013 at 12:28  
Rating: 9 Some parts are better than others but I enjoyed it for the most part. Phase 3 is my favourite as Troy Donockley on the uillean pipes and whistles absolutely nails it. Certainly wouldn't mind a whole album featuring him. Hopefully Nightwish make the most out of him.
Lustful Maid - 28.10.2013 at 13:54  
  One of the bands on my list of "The Top 100 Overrated Bands of All Time".
Hex_Omega - 28.10.2013 at 14:02  
Rating: 8
Written by Lustful Maid on 28.10.2013 at 13:54

One of the bands on my list of "The Top 100 Overrated Bands of All Time".

Pff, you gave 9 to the last Morbid Angel album
Lethrokai - 28.10.2013 at 14:50  
Rating: 10
Written by Lustful Maid on 28.10.2013 at 13:54

One of the bands on my list of "The Top 100 Overrated Bands of All Time".


After seeing some of the things you've said on some other albums, I've gotten to the point where I just can't take anything you say seriously anymore.

I mean for god's sake, your average album rating is 6.1, (one sixth of your votes are a 3 - there are very few albums in existance that deserve that rating) and some of the albums which you've given your highest ratings to (that being a 9) are Queensryche's "Dedicated To Chaos" (average: 3.6), Morbid Angel's "Illud Divinum Insanus" (average: 4.6) and Perverse Recollections Of A Necromangler (average: 3.3).

On the other hand, I've seen you have a go at bands because you don't like their genre, have a go at albums while stating that you never liked the band's style to begin with and just plain-up shitting on a band because they're popular.

Please, just stop already.
swatata - 28.10.2013 at 16:29  
Rating: 10 Best album for 2013 in my opinion.
AndMetalForAll - 29.10.2013 at 03:08  
Rating: 9 Awesome album, one of Ayreon's best, a pure prog/opera rock album with an incredible storyline..
Baz Anderson - 29.10.2013 at 10:23  
  Haven't quite connected with it just yet, but I'm hoping/half expecting it will come...
BehzadSh - 29.10.2013 at 11:01  
Rating: 9
Written by Daniell on 17.10.2013 at 22:27

Run-of-the-mill Ayreon. Zillions of musical motives, nothing really sticks in memory. Spacy keyboards, theatrical vocals, some unbearable roleplaying, good drumming (as expected). If you heard Ayreon's last two, you heard this one too.

These aren't the droids you're looking for. Move along.

agreed!
Lustful Maid - 29.10.2013 at 12:40  
 
Written by Hex_Omega on 28.10.2013 at 14:02

Written by Lustful Maid on 28.10.2013 at 13:54

One of the bands on my list of "The Top 100 Overrated Bands of All Time".

Pff, you gave 9 to the last Morbid Angel album

Morbid Angel's latest album is out of the box, you definitely can't see it as you are inside the box.
Lustful Maid - 29.10.2013 at 12:48  
 
Written by Lethrokai on 28.10.2013 at 14:50

Written by Lustful Maid on 28.10.2013 at 13:54

One of the bands on my list of "The Top 100 Overrated Bands of All Time".


After seeing some of the things you've said on some other albums, I've gotten to the point where I just can't take anything you say seriously anymore.

I mean for god's sake, your average album rating is 6.1, (one sixth of your votes are a 3 - there are very few albums in existance that deserve that rating) and some of the albums which you've given your highest ratings to (that being a 9) are Queensryche's "Dedicated To Chaos" (average: 3.6), Morbid Angel's "Illud Divinum Insanus" (average: 4.6) and Perverse Recollections Of A Necromangler (average: 3.3).

On the other hand, I've seen you have a go at bands because you don't like their genre, have a go at albums while stating that you never liked the band's style to begin with and just plain-up shitting on a band because they're popular.

Please, just stop already.

1) ...I mean for god's sake, your average album rating is 6.1 - This is the current facts, I can't change it, sorry.
2) ...and some of the albums which you've given your highest ratings to (that being a 9) are Queensryche's "Dedicated To Chaos" - Queensryche's "Dedicated To Chaos" and Perverse Recollections Of A Necromangler are "out of the box" where you're inside of it. I gave Persefone's a 9 too recently.

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