Gastank


Gastank was an English television show that aired between 1982-1983 in the United Kingdom on Channel 4. Hosted by former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, the show featured a mix of interviews with 1970s musicians and impromptu performances where the guest artist would join Wakeman and his house band in playing re-arranged versions of their classic songs, or entirely new pieces created for the show. The format was very informal with the setting likened to a bar where Wakeman would interview the guest over a drink or two followed by their performance in front of a small studio audience sitting in groups at tables. Wakeman would frequently cite the show as an opportunity for musicians from different bands to work together. During its run, the show featured guests as diverse as Ian Paice, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, Godley and Creme, Eric Burdon and Phil Lynott.

Rick Wakeman & Tony Ashton

Steve Hackett (Genesis)




Ian Paice (Deep Purple)


Eric Burdon (The Animals)


Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) 



Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastank

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Ayreon - Universal Migrator part 1: The Dream Sequencer & part 2: Flight of the Migrator (2000)


Universal Migrator part 1: The Dream Sequencer (sometimes simply referred as The Dream Sequencer) is a progressive rock album released in 2000 by Dutch multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Arjen Lucassen, as the fourth album of his Ayreon project. After the success of the previous Ayreon release, Into The Electric Castle, Arjen felt he had to create an album that was a worthy release all on its own, without being derivative or treading on similar ground. To this end, he made some fundamental changes to his previous composition process. Arjen decided to have each vocalist only sing one track each, as opposed to the almost conversational, rock opera-style singing which was utilized in previous albums. The Dream Sequencer features a musical style quite disparate from its counterpart Universal Migrator part 2: Flight of the Migrator, telling the story of a trip through time from a variety of perspectives, it features a prog-infused atmospheric feeling, with a softer and more melodic sound than that of Flight of the Migrator. Allmusic reviewer Glenn Astarita praised the album, saying that "Basically, Lucassen's strong compositions and alluring arrangements strike an engaging chord as the music and overall production hearken back to the glory days of defiantly inventive progressive rock." Universal Migrator part 2: Flight of the Migrator illustrates a wild, raucous journey through the tumultuous and chaotic reaches of outer space. In keeping with the setting of the story, the album's tone is much heavier of the first part album, exuding a powerful, guitar-driven metal feel throughout. As Universal Migrator had enough content to form a two-CD album, Arjen made a key decision to sell each disc as a separate release. He believed his fans to be fundamentally divided into two groups by genre of choice, being either progressive rock or heavy metal fans. The Dream Sequencer was meant to appeal to the prog enthusiasts, and Flight of the Migrator to the metal fans, so that each could simply purchase the album of their choice, if so inclined, but to his surprise, fans bought and loved both albums. Both albums were released simultaneously, sold well and were received positively. In 2004, the special edition re-issue merged both albums into a single release, entitled Universal Migrator: parts I & II. The album was also released on vinyl on December 2012. 


Plot background

The story of The Dream Sequencer continues the plot found in The Final Experiment, starting in the year 2084, when the final world war wiped out all life on Earth. During the final years of fighting on Earth, a number of humans escaped to live on Mars. These people brought supplies with them, but with Earth ravaged, there was no way to replenish their resources, and soon almost all humans perished. The Dream Sequencer narrates the story of the last human being alive, living alone on the Martian colony. Born of the earliest settlers on Mars, the colonist never lived on Earth, and could only experience it through a machine known as the Dream Sequencer. Developed by scientists on Mars to curb boredom, the Dream Sequencer uses a form of hypnosis that allows the user to travel back in time to their youth, or even farther beyond, to previous incarnations of their persistent selves. The colonist uses the machine and revisits his own youth, living on Mars, and eventually views many of his past lives: a woman fighting in the war of 2084, Queen Elizabeth I overlooking her fleet, a man present at the building of Stonehenge, and even the first human being to live on Earth, among other lives. Each track on The Dream Sequencer revisits one of these past lives
1. The Dream Sequencer
The digitized voices on this song were provided by Lana Lane and Erik Norlander. This song is about the colonist's preparation to use the Dream Sequencer, and the orders given by the machine. After the spoken words, the Dream Sequencer plays a background music (which is, in fact, the track "The Dream Sequencer") that, supposedly, finishes on the eleventh track, "The Dream Sequencer (Reprise)".
2. My House on Mars
Vocals on this song were provided by Johan Edlund (Tiamat) and Floor Jansen (After Forever, ReVamp). Edlund is also the composer of the song's vocal melody. The song is apparently about the main character of the story as a child, with his sister, mourning the death of his father in the war on Earth and its destruction in 2084. By the end of the song, he has forgiven his father for leaving him, and breaking his promise to take him to Earth.
3. 2084
Vocals on this song were provided by Lana Lane. This song is about the war which ultimately leads to mankind's destruction, referenced in The Final Experiment, and later in 01011001. Still, the character speaking here is not the main protagonist himself, but one of his past lives (as mentioned in My House on Mars, the protagonist never saw Earth).
4. One Small Step
According to Arjen Lucassen, the song tells of the events he lived during first manned lunar landing, the Apollo 11 mission. It uses the famous words of Neil Armstrong, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind". The song contains samples from the voices of astronauts, captured during moon landings. Vocals on this song were provided by Edward Reekers and backing vocals were provided by Lana Lane.
5. The Shooting Company of Captain Frans B. Cocq
This song makes reference to Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his militia, immortalised on the painting The Night Watch by Dutch painter Rembrandt. The painting dates from the Dutch golden age, 1642. In the song's title, Arjen Lucassen makes use of a title which is considered the most accurate for the painting. Vocals on this song were provided by Mouse of Tuesday Child and backing vocals were provided by Lana Lane.

The Shooting Company of Captain Frans B. Cocq

6. Dragon on the Sea
This song makes reference to Queen Elizabeth I of England and the "Speech to the Troops at Tilbury" given by her in July 1588, on the light of an attack by the Spanish Armada, which consisted of a grand naval fleet of 130 ships bearing over 30,000 men. The English fleet won the battle under the leadership of Sir Francis Drake —the "dragon" on the sea— and Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham. Vocals on this song were provided by Lana Lane. Erik Norlander is the composer of the song's lyrics.
7. Temple of the Cat
This song makes reference to the Mayan civilization and Maya mythology, taking place circa the 8th century. According to Arjen Lucassen, it's especially about the Jaguar Temple and the city of Tikal. Certain samples used on the song come from an authentic Maya festival. Vocals on this song were provided by Jacqueline Govaert of Krezip. Arjen Lucassen has stated that this is his least favorite Ayreon song.

Temple of the Cat

8. Carried by the Wind
This song is influenced by Irish folk music, and makes reference to the blind minstrel Ayreon, one of the protagonists of The Final Experiment. Vocals on this song were provided by Arjen Anthony Lucassen himself. According to the lyrics of the song, Ayreon's spirit notices that the Final Experiment has failed, and looks on to Mars for mankind's new hope. This "spirit on the wind" is also referenced in the Sixth Extinction on 01011001 album.

Carried by the Wind

9. And the Druids Turn to Stone
This song makes reference to the Stonehenge, a monument located near Amesbury in the English county of Wiltshire, which is believed to have mainly been built between 2500 BC and 2000 BC. Due to the uncertainty regarding the origins of the monument, Arjen Lucassen proposes the fantasy explanation that a group of druids was turned to stone by means of magic, and thus became the Stonehenge. Vocals on this song were provided by Damian Wilson (Threshold).
10. The First Man on Earth
This song makes reference to the appearance of the first Homo sapiens on Earth, circa 50,000 BCE. Vocals on this song were provided by Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard, Transatlantic) and backing vocals were provided by Mark McCrite. Neal Morse, Erik Norlander and Arjen Anthony Lucassen are the composers of the song's lyrics.
11. The Dream Sequencer Reprise
This is an instrumental track. As no singer sings on this song, some fans believe that this song is the end of the background music played on "The Dream Sequencer" track, after the machine gave all the instructions to the colonist. Thus, due to the songs ends, it can be interpreted as if the Dream Sequencer is turned off. This idea is supported by the fact that, in the beginning of the next album, Flight of the Migrator, the Dream Sequencer gives again some orders and warnings (there is no background music, the journey commences immediately).
Universal Migrator part 1: The Dream Sequencer lyrics: 
http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/ayreon/theuniversalmigratorpartithedreamsequencer.html

Flight of the Migrator continues the story of the final living human being, the colonist on Mars, and his decision to go even further back in time. Using the Dream Sequencer machine, he travels all the way back to just before the Universe was formed, theoretically before the Big Bang, when there was nothing but chaos. The colonist observes the creation of the very first soul, known as the Universal Migrator. It is from this soul that all others are formed, through a division of the original soul. Each resulting soul then travels off into the Universe to bring life in some form to the planet they inhabit. The colonist follows the soul bound for Earth, as it travels through countless astronomical entities, such as quasars, pulsars, supernovas, eventually entering a black hole, travelling through a wormhole, and coming out the other side through a white hole directed towards our solar system. The colonist's ambitious time travel subsequently overloads the Dream Sequencer, resulting in his death while hypnotized by the machine; however, his eternal self receives a message from the Migrator: "Eternity lies before you. You are the New Migrator!" Notable guests on this record are vocalists Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, Russell Allen of Symphony X, Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) and Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon) on synth and Michael Romeo (Symphony X) on guitar.

Universal Migrator part 2: Flight of the Migrator

Universal Migrator part 2: Flight of the Migrator lyrics: 
http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/ayreon/theuniversalmigratorpartiiflightofthemigrator.html


Track listing

Universal Migrator part 1: The Dream Sequencer (2000):
1. The Dream Sequencer (5:08) 
2. My House On Mars (7:49) 
3. 2084 (7:42) 
4. One Small Step (8:46) 
5. The Shooting Company Of Captain Frans B Cocq (7:57) 
6. Dragon On The Sea (7:09) 
7. Temple Of The Cat (4:11) 
8. Carried By The Wind (3:59) 
9. And The Druids Turn To Stone (6:36) 
10. The First Man On Earth (7:19)
11. The Dream Sequencer Reprise (3:36)

Universal Migrator part 2: Flight of the Migrator (2000):
1. Chaos (5:10) 
2. Dawn of a Million Souls (7:45) 
3. Journey On The Waves Of Time (5:47) 
4. To The Quasar (8:42) 
a) The Taurus Pulsar 
b) Quasar 3C273 
5. Into The Black Hole (10:25) 
a) The Eye Of The Universe 
b) Halo Of Darkness 
c) The Final Hour 
6. Through The Wormhole (6:05) 
7. Out Of The White Hole (7:11) 
a) M31 
b) Planet Y 
c) The Search Continues 
8. To The Solar System (6:11) 
a) Planet Of Blue 
b) System Alert 
9. The New Migrator (8:15) 
a) Metamorphosis 
b) Sleeper Awake


Personnel



















Universal Migrator part 1: The Dream Sequencer

Vocalists:
Lana Lane-backing vocals on tracks 4 and 5, vocals on tracks 1, 3, and 6
Johan Edlund (Tiamat)-track 2
Floor Jansen (Nightwish, After Forever, ReVamp)-track 2
Edward Reekers (Kayak)-track 4
Mouse-track 5
Jacqueline Govaert (Krezip)-track 7
Arjen Lucassen-track 8
Damian Wilson (Threshold)-track 9
Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard, Transatlantic)-track 10
Mark McCrite-backing vocals on track 10

Instrumentalists:
Arjen Lucassen-electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, analog synthesizers, Mellotron, Hammond, and additional keyboards
Rob Snijders-drums
Erik Norlander-analog synthesizers, piano, vocoder, Hammond, and additional keyboards
Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon)-synth solo on track 3
Peter Siedlach-strings

Production:
Arjen Lucassen-producer
Oscar Holleman-sound engineer
Jef Bertels-cover art

Universal Migrator part 2: Flight of the Migrator

Vocalists:
Lana Lane-voice on track 1, backing vocals on tracks 4, 5, 6, and 9
Russell Allen (Symphony X)-track 2
Damian Wilson (Threshold)-backing vocals on track 2
Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear)-track 3
Andi Deris (Helloween)-track 4
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)-track 5
Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire)-track 6
Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius)-track 7
Robert Soeterboek-track 8
Ian Parry (Elegy)-track 9

Instrumentalists:
Arjen Lucassen-electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, analog synthesizers, Mellotron, Hammond, additional keyboards, guitar solos on tracks 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
Ed Warby-drums
Erik Norlander-analog synthesizers, vocoder, Taurus pedal, Hammond, additional keyboards; synth solos on tracks 1, 3 (Hammond), 4, 5, 7
Michael Romeo (Symphony X)-guitar solo on track 2
Oscar Holleman-second guitar solo on track 4
Gary Wehrkamp-guitar and synth solo on track 6
Rene Merkelbach-last synth solo on track 4
Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon)-second synth solo on track 5
Keiko Kumagai-synth solo on track 9 (plus Hammond)
Peter Siedlach-strings

Production:
Arjen Lucassen-producer
Oscar Holleman-sound engineer
Stephen van Haestregt-sound engineer
Jacques Marcoux-sleeve design and layout



Sources: 

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Vanden Plas


Vanden Plas (different to The Vanden Plas British electronic act) is a German progressive metal band, based in Kaiserslautern and founded in the mid-1980s. They started as a band which incorporated elements of progressive and pop rock in longer songs, but they cleaned up their act for their most recent albums which take their cue more from Dream Theater. In 1991, they recorded the song "Keep On Running" as an anthem for the local national league football club FC Kaiserslautern, and did the same in 1994 with "Das ist für euch" ("This Is for You All"). All of its members have been involved in theatre projects and rock musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors, and Evita. The band have succeeded in making a name for themselves on an international level, achieving almost cult status in France, touring all over Europe with established acts like Dream Theatre, Savatage or Angra and releasing a number of impressive records, among them six studio albums, a live cut, an unplugged recording, and several EPs. The band’s line-up is formed by Andy Kuntz (vocals), Stephan Lill (guitars), Andreas Lill (drums), Günter Werno (keyboards) and Torsten Reichert (bass).


HISTORY

Since 1986, when the band first got together, Vanden Plas never lost sight of their ambitious goal: expressive music with emotional depth and a melancholy prog metal outfit. Starting off with their debut album Colour Temple (1994) -that featured a straight metal style that highlighted Lill's guitar playing- the band continued to gather an ever-increasing following with their versatile, intuitive and always unbridled lust for playing. With their next album, the EP AcCult (1996), they went in a completely different direction, making an entirely acoustic album that contained four fascinating covers, including "Kayleigh" by Marillion. In 1997, Vanden Plas brought out their epic bombast successor The God Thing, which was praised by renowned magazines like Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Burrn!, Aardschock and Flash. That album ventured off in prog metal territory, combining Lill's great guitar arcs with heavily orchestrated sections, showing a heavy Dream Theater influence. A six week tour with Dream Theater followed. 

Fire Blossom

In September 1999, Vanden Plas returned to the limelight with Far Off Grace, which had been recorded by Pink Cream 69 bassist/producer Dennis Ward at the House Of Audio. The band presented themselves in an even more compact and determined style, remaining melodic and innovative at the same time. Spring 2000 saw Vanden Plas recording a concert in front of enthusiastic fans at the Elysée Montmartre in Paris, releasing the cuts on their Spirit of Live album, which also featured a duet by vocalist Andy Kuntz and Don Dokken on the Dokken cover 'Kiss Of Death', and a breathtaking duel between guitarist Stephan Lill and his French colleague Patrick Rondat. 

I Can See


Iodic Rain


2002's Beyond Daylight was next, showing the group growing into a more experimental and technically difficult outfit. It contains nine brand-new prog metal tracks which stand out with their brilliant melodies, exquisite instrumental passages and intelligent arrangements. Be it the juxtaposition of a habit-forming chorus and technically virtuoso passages, as in 'Scarlett Flowerfields', anthemnic structures like the opener 'Nightwalker', or progressive tracks like 'Cold Wind', Vanden Plas never cease to delight and at the same time surprise their audience. "This album has an even wider stylistic range than our previous releases," elaborates Kuntz on the difference compared to older Vanden Plas material. "A while ago, we would have been sceptical as to whether a shout-along number like 'Free The Fire' actually suits Vanden Plas. These days we don't worry too much about things like that. What matters is the quality of a song; a ballad like 'Can You Hear Me?' could in this or a similar form easily have been penned by Sting, but it happens to suit Beyond Daylight perfectly. The mood of the songs, the entire album is more open-minded, atmospherically broader and, in a very positive sense, more commercial." The first edition of the album is rounded off by a cover version of the Kansas classic 'Point Of Know Return'.

Nightwalker


Cold Wind


Free the Fire


On 31 March 2006, the band released a concept album entitled Christ 0, loosely based on Alexandre Dumas père's book The Count of Monte Cristo,  exploring the story of a man imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit and following his chain of vengeful murders through the eyes of "X," an Interpol detective assigned to the case. Throughout the course of the album, both characters come to terms with their goals; X realizes just how similar the nature of his work is to Christ-0's, while 0 repents for the sins of his vengeance and commits suicide. The lyrics make several contemporary references, alluding to modern movies (e.g. Silence of the Lambs) and organizations (Interpol). The band employed a forty-piece choir for the first time in this album. Lead vocalist Andy Kuntz stated that such orchestral elements were new to Vanden Plas and attributes this experimentation to the four-year wait since their previous album. The first copies of Christ 0 contained a bonus track, Gethsemane. This track is a cover of a song from Jesus Christ Superstar of the same name.

Shadow I am


The band's last album to date, The Seraphic Clockwork, was released on 4 June 2010 in Europe and 22 June 2010 in the US. Vanden Plas has finished recording a new album, Chronicles of the Immortals-Netherworld, which is scheduled for release on January 14th, 2014.

Holes in the Sky


Frequency



DISCOGRAPHY

Colour Temple (1994)
AcCult (1996, acoustic EP)
The God Thing (1997)
Far Off Grace (1999)
Spirit of Live (2000, live album)
Beyond Daylight (2002)
Christ 0 (2006)
The Seraphic Clockwork (2010)


Sources:
http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Vanden-Plas-Biography/D2ED19597E45C36A48256D750030244C 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanden_Plas_(band)
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/vanden-plas-mn0000259114/biography
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=381 

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Ayreon: The making of The Human Equation (2004)

Front cover

The Human Equation is the sixth album of progressive metal/rock opera project Ayreon by Dutch songwriter, producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen, released on May 25, 2004 via InsideOut Music. As with other Ayreon albums, it features guest appearances from several musicians previously unrelated to the project, including James LaBrie of Dream Theater, Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth, Eric Clayton of Saviour Machine, and Devin Townsend, performing music arranged and written by Lucassen. As with every Ayreon album, it is a concept album with each character being portrayed by one singer. However unlike previous albums, The Human Equation is not a sci-fi story but take place almost entirely in the mind of a character called Me (played by LaBrie) who is in a coma, with each song consisting of one day spent in coma. While his Wife (Marcela Bovio) and Best Friend (Lucassen) are at his side in the real world, the main character, trapped in his own mind, encounters representations of his own feelings and recall his life from his childhood to his accident. The album was released in three different editions: a regular edition with two CDs, a Special Edition with two CDs and a DVD, and a Limited Deluxe Edition with two CDs, a DVD and a 36-page booklet. The album peaked at #7 at Dutch Albums Chart and at #50 at Germany Albums Top 50. The album was also released on vinyl on December 2012. The Human Equation is, together with Into the Electric Castle, the only Ayreon albums in which Lucassen did not write all the lyrics: Townsend wrote all the lyrics of his character Rage, while Heather Findlay of Mostly Autumn and Devon Graves of Deadsoul Tribe also wrote some of the lyrics of their characters, Love and Agony. The albums marks the first collaboration between Lucassen and Bovio, selected by Lucassen via an internet female singing contest to play the wife. The following year, Bovio and Lucassen created together the progressive/symphonic metal band Stream of Passion.

Day Eight: School

Day Nine: Playground



Concept and storyline

The album explores the idea of psychological rebirth, and follows the story of a man who, after falling into a coma following a car accident, is confronted with his past, his emotions, and his current situation as he lays trapped inside his own mind. The circumstances surrounding the accident are mysterious, as the man ("Me", portrayed by James LaBrie) ploughed into a tree on a deserted road in broad daylight. Following this, he slips into a twenty-day coma, with each day represented by a single song. Each song follows a slightly different format, though there are major common themes, such as the presence of the main character's manifest emotions in his dream world including Fear (Mikael Åkerfeldt), Reason (Eric Clayton), and Pride (Magnus Ekwall), the presence of his Wife (Marcela Bovio) and Best Friend (Arjen Anthony Lucassen) at his bedside and the past events that he is forced to reflect on. The plot builds from the character’s early broken state to his eventual rebirth as a new and better man. His own dark past, in which he suffered beneath an abusive Father (Mike Baker), has driven him to become merciless and eventually he betrayed his closest friend for his own benefit. His past is intertwined now with the plot surrounding his wife and best Friend, eventually revealing the cause of the accident: he had witnessed the two sharing an intimate moment, and had swerved his car into a tree in his despair. The three eventually come clean and forgive each other, leading him to conquer his negative emotions and escape his nightmarish prison. The story terminates with a sci-fi twist, in contrast to the psychodrama of the album, reminiscent of earlier Ayreon releases. The final song cuts suddenly to silence as it crescendoes to a climax, and a computerised voice announces the shut-down of the Dream Sequencer. The voice of Forever of the Stars (character of the album Into The Electric Castle) then speaks the final words of the album ("Emotions...I remember..."), tying its events into the overall Ayreon plot that began with The Final Experiment album (1995). In the following footage, Arjen Lucassen explains the  concept of the album.

The concept of The Human Equation


Day Eleven: Love


Track listing:

CD 1
1. Day One: Vigil (1:33)
2. Day Two: Isolation (8:42)
3. Day Three: Pain (4:58)
4. Day Four: Mystery (5:37)
5. Day Five: Voices (7:09)
6. Day Six: Childhood (5:05)
7. Day Seven: Hope (2:47)
8. Day Eight: School (4:22)
9. Day Nine: Playground (2:15)
10. Day Ten: Memories (3:57)
11. Day Eleven: Love (4:18) 

CD 2
12. Day Twelve: Trauma (8:59)
13. Day Thirteen: Sign (4:47)
14. Day Fourteen: Pride (4:42)
15. Day Fifteen: Betrayal (5:24)
16. Day Sixteen: Loser (4:46)
17. Day Seventeen: Accident? (5:42)
18. Day Eighteen: Realization (4:31)
19. Day Nineteen: Disclosure (4:42)
20. Day Twenty: Confrontation (7:03)

DVD (Special and Deluxe editions)
1. Inside (behind the scenes) (45:27)
2. Concept (the concept of The Human Equation) (3:05)
3. Drums (Ed Warby's drums) (3:32)
4. Video (videoclip of "Day Eleven: Love") (3:49)
5. Teaser (teaser trailer) (1:28)

This is the Inside The Human Equation behind the scenes film

Inside The Human Equation 



Personnel



















Vocalists:
James LaBrie (Dream Theater) as Me
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath) as Fear
Eric Clayton (Saviour Machine) as Reason
Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn) as Love
Irene Jansen as Passion
Magnus Ekwall (The Quill) as Pride
Devon Graves (Dead Soul Tribe, ex-Psychotic Waltz) as Agony
Marcela Bovio (Elfonía) as Wife
Mike Baker (Shadow Gallery) as Father
Arjen Lucassen as Best Friend
Devin Townsend as Rage
Peter Daltrey (Kaleidoscope / Fairfield Parlour) as Forever (uncredited cameo)

Instrumentalists:
Arjen Lucassen-all electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitars, mandolin, lap steel guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, Hammond
Ed Warby (Gorefest, Hail Of Bullets)-all drums and percussion
Robert Baba-all violins
Marieke van den Broek-all cellos
John McManus (Celtus, Mama's Boys)-low flute on tracks 13, 16 and 18 and whistle on day 18
Jeroen Goossens-flute on tracks 3, 5, 9, 14 and 18, alto flute on track 2, bass flute on tracks 5 and 14, panpipes on track 6, descant and treble recorder on track 13, didgeridoo on track 16, bassoon on track 18
Joost van den Broek (After Forever)-synthesizer solo on track 2, spinet on track 13
Martin Orford (IQ, Jadis)-synthesizer solo on track 15
Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep)-Hammond solo on track 16
Oliver Wakeman-synthesizer solo on track 17

Day Sixteen: Loser

Day Eighteen: Realization


The Human Equation lyrics:
http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/ayreon/thehumanequation.html

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Human_Equation

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