Ayreon Shares Live Concert Video for “Twisted Coil”

Ayreon has shared a live music video for ‘Twisted Coil’, featuring Damian Wilson & Marcela Bovio. The clip comes from the upcoming release of Ayreon – Electric Castle Live And Other Tales, a three LP/2CD+DVD/BD set of last year’s spectacular live performance of the third Ayreon album ‘Into The Electric Castle’. The set comes out on March 27, via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group release. Performed and coumented over four nights at Tilburg’s 013 venue (the scene of Arjen Lucassen’s Ayreon Universe series of live shows in 2017) Lucassen, his band and one of modern progressive music’s most emphatic of casts celebrated the 20th anniversary of ‘Into the Electric Castle’ in front of 12,000 adoring fans from 64 different countries who had flown in from around the world. Watch the video now!

Arjen Lucassen comments; “It’s quite hard to choose an advance YouTube video for you from the Electric Castle Live release, I’m proud of the whole thing! Let’s go for one of the ‘Other Tales’ this time: Guilt Machine’s Twisted Coil. The band is just fantastic, and Damian will blow your mind! Especially the ending still gives me goosebumps every time. Step into the dark world of the Guilt Machine.”

Released in 1998, ‘Into The Electric Castle’ is your classic tale of an epic quest. Set in “no time and no space”, it tells the story of eight individuals who are guided by a mysterious voice and tasked with finding the mysterious Electric Castle. The original album features amongst others Fish (the Highlander), Lucassen (the Hippie), Edwin Balogh (The Roman), Anneke van Giersbergen (the Egyptian), Damian Wilson (the Knight) and Edward Reekers (the Futureman), all of whom repeated their performances for the live spectacular.

Also among the 22 musicians and singers who made up the impressive cast list were long-time Lucassen collaborators Thijs Van Leer (Focus), Simone Simons (Epica), John Jaycee Cuijpers (Praying Mantis), Marcela Bovio and musicians Joost van den Broek, Johan van Stratum, Marcel Singor, Ferry Duijsens, Bob Wijtsma and Ben Mathot.

“I poured my heart and soul into it”, says Lucassen of the original album. “Investing everything I had both financially and creatively, and enlisted the best instrumentalists and singers I could find in the world at that time. When making the album I was unconstrained by any musical or stylistic boundaries and incorporated many of my favourite musical styles. ‘Into The Electric Castle’ received an overwhelmingly positive reception from both the press and the fans. This firmly established the Ayreon name, making Ayreon the perfect project to pour all of my time and creative energy into.”

Creating a live show for ‘Into The Electric Castle’ seemed like the logical next step, and the four 2019 shows were a resounding success, captured for posterity in ‘Ayreon – Electric Castle Live and Other Stories’. In fact, it all went so well, that Lucassen is taking the show to headline the prestigious German progressive rock festival Night Of The Prog in June of this year.

I just love recording my various projects in the studio,” he concurs, “but I’m not a live performer. I’m the guy who comes up with the ideas, sees the big picture, and puts it all together. So I’m glad that so many incredible musicians helped me bring my music to the stage.”

Track Listing

1. Welcome to the New Dimension

2. Isis and Osiris

3. Amazing Flight

4. Time Beyond Time

5. The Decision Tree

6. Tunnel of Light

7. Across the Rainbow Bridge

8. The Garden of Emotions

9. Valley of the Queens

10. The Castle Hall

11. Tower of Hope

12. Cosmic Fusion

13. Robby Valentine

14. The Mirror Maze

15. Evil Devolution

16. The Two Gates

17. Forever of the Stars

18. Another Time, Another Space

19. Shores of India

20. Ashes

21. Out In The Real World

22. Twisted Coil

23. Kayleigh

24. Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin

25. Songs of the Oceans


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