Ayreon’s new album ‘The Source’ is achieving the highest charts for Ayreon to date, in every country where it’s charting. In the Netherlands, ‘The Source’ hit #1 on the Album charts, whilst getting to #10 on the German Album charts. Ayreon also saw its highest ever chart debuts in Switzerland (#17), Norway (#21), Austria (#21), Finland (#23), Sweden (#27), Belgium (#38), France (#49), Italy (#52), and hits #5 on both the USA’s Billboard Heatseekers Chart as well as the UK’s official Top 40 Rock & Metal Albums Chart.
Arjen Lucassen, the mastermind behind Ayreon, is baffled: “Wow… thank you all so much for getting Ayreon in the charts in so many countries, the highest positions ever! Thanks also to Mascot Label Group for making this a reality. And of course I couldn’t have done it without all the amazing musicians on The Source, you all rule!”
THE SOURCE is an exciting new chapter in the Ayreon saga, with contributions from renowned vocalists like James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Simone Simons (Epica), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), and Russell Allen (Symphony X). The Source was released on April 28 through Ayreon’s new label Mascot Label Group/Music Theories Recordings.
‘The Source’ has received raving reviews worldwide, here are some media quotes:
“The Source is a genre-hoping, mind-boggling insight into Arjens’s always inspiring psyche…Prepare to be overwhelmed” Prog (UK)
“It’s unlikely that 2017 will see another release this expansive, energetic, varied, and fun.” Prog Report (USA)
“With this masterpiece, Lucassen delivers one more milestone in Prog-Rock.” Wolrad Wolff, Guitar (Germany)
“A spectacular double album” OOR (the Netherlands)
“Ayreon always delivers the goods to the fans; here we are talking about one of the most prominent artists in the world of progressive rock today.” Metalitalia (Italy)
“At this point, I’m feeling my usual hesitation at assigning a full score, yet I cannot come up with a particularly good reason to deny this album even a half point, so…” (10/10) Amy Wiseman, Musicalypse (Finland)
“…Ayreon has presented us with yet another masterpiece, so full of musical detail that it would take a year or more to fully explore everything. And that can’t be said of too many albums.” (9/10) Zendt, Sweden Rock magazine (Sweden)
“…this is probably his best album ever. Because of that I have no choice but to give it a top rating.” (6/6) Aksel Sandvik, Norway Rock magazine (Norway)