Ayreon: The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I've listened to a lot of music that I've thought would make for a good soundtrack on a movie and some have been from movies, but what they all had in common was that they would be good background/enhancement songs for a movie. For the first time I've listened to an album that made me think that it could be turned into a movie. The Theory of Everything by Ayreon is no supplemental music for a movie, the music is a movie without the video. It's the eighth studio album for this metal rock opera group where the album is actually telling a story. It's quite the long story as well with having 2 discs with a total of 42 songs.
Not knowing anything about this band, I had to look up Ayreon to learn what this band is about and that's where I learned that they actually are going for a story with the album. This is part of what the band does with the music, tell a story with characters, twists, plots, and everything a movie would have only with no video or a book that's being sung to you rather than read. To say that these songs have a grand sound to them would be a understatement. This is an album that has scope, range, with songs that make everything seem large and dramatic. The Theory of Everything is a well balanced, thought out, and played album. This is an album with many working parts that all work together to form solid songs with a fun sound and story.
This is an impressive album with the different instruments being used while having lyrics that tell a tale. Even though this is a metal group, the songs don't get out of control. I might not be bouncing around a room when listening to this album but it does have a lot of strength in the songs. Vocals are strong and smooth while having no need to turn into shouting and screaming match. All sorts of different instruments are being played that give the songs a feeling large size and power. I'm not quite sure what the full story is being told in the lyrics but what I learned and what I heard I enjoyed. Ayreon has a lot of talent, they've created an album that has the opera sound, metal energy, and spirit of rock in it. Not only is this album a lot of fun to listen to because it has well played instruments, vocals that are strong, and a lot of energy but it's different then most anything I've heard in the last 10 years.

Lee Roberts
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