AYREON

(NETHERLANDS)

THE DREAM SEQUENCER

(2000)
LABEL:

TRANSMISSION

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Epic, Hovering, Theatrical
"With its now proven recipe of gliding synthesizers, big guitars and aerial melodies, "The Dream Sequencer" remains for many fans one of Ayreon's most accomplished albums."
BATRIC (29.08.2003)  
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The Dream Sequencer is the first volume of a two-part work released almost simultaneously. The emphasis is put here on the progressive and atmospheric side while Flight Of The Migrator will have a much more aggressive side.

According to a now proven recipe made of gliding synthesizers, big guitars and aerial melodies, Arjen Anthony Lucassen once again invites a range of guests, each one more prestigious than the other, including Clive Nolan, keyboardist of Arena and Pendragon, Lana Lane or Neal Morse, still leader of Spock's Beard at the time.

This method obviously allows to multiply the atmospheres by using the talents of each one but Lucassen doesn't rest on this influx of skills and diverse sensibilities. On the contrary, it is indeed difficult to know if all these musicians are at the service of highly inspired compositions or if it is the compositions that have been written specifically for each speaker, so homogeneous is the ensemble. And as a culmination to all this, a flawless production completes what remains a major work of the entry into the third millennium. 

From the very beginning, Ayreon embarks you on a journey that you will not be able to stop on the way. The introduction immediately sets the tone with its more than surprising Floydian side for this group. But make no mistake about it: this song could very well have appeared without any modification on the Dark Side Of The Moon released almost 30 years before.

After this moment of incomparable intensity, the talent remains omnipresent, just like the rise of 2084, held from end to end by a Lana Lane amazingly sensitive and powerful. A mid-course break with Temple Of The Cat will give you just a few minutes of "pastoral" respite before closing a chapter that you will listen to again and again without feeling the slightest weariness.

With The Electric Castle, The Dream Sequencer remains Ayreon's most accomplished album for a large number of fans. Without any weakness and introducing a style that will be reproduced in the following works of the band, The Dream Sequencer is a must for any rock fan, progressive or not.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. The Dream Sequencer
02. My House On Mars
03. 2084
04. One Small Step
05. The Shooting Company Of Captain Frans B.Cocq
06. Dragon On The Sea
07. Temple Of The Cat
08. Carried By The Wind
09. And The Druids Turned To Stone
10. The First Man On Earth
11. The Dream Sequencer Reprise

LINEUP:
Arjen Lucassen: Guitares / Basse / Claviers
Erik Norlander: Claviers
Rob Snijders: Batterie
   
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