AYREON — Into the Electric Castle (review)

AYREON — Into the Electric Castle album cover Album · 1998 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Phonebook Eater
Ayreon''s debut album is one of the most interesting albums of the genre. First of all, the band doesn't really have one singer, but always has different and famous guests for the vocals, like Fish and Damian Wilson. All the bands albums are concept/rock opera albums, including this one. Let me also just say that this is not just a progressive metal album:thanks to all the special guests, "Into the Electric castle" is a lot more progressive and eclectic than other prog metal albums. A perfect example is the impressive 11 minute track, "Isis and Osiris" a calm and haunting song, due mainly to the hypnotizing voice of the female singer. We also find some instruments that are pretty unusual to the prog metal genre, like the flute, the sitar and the cello. So many great and original moments here! i would like to mention also some amazing songs that blew me away like "Garden Of Emotions" just as haunting and mysterious as "Isis And Osiris", "Amazing Flight", very cheerful and more definitely more rock than metal, and then all the catchy ones, all in disc 2: "The Mirror Haze, The Two Towers, Evil Devolution, Tower Of Hope" This epic and crazy masterpiece never bores, actually you quite get into it. I can assure that those 100 minutes will be heaven to your ears, if you are a true prog fan. Even metal though.
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