Ayreon – 01011001

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Fast forward to 2008. 01011001, meaning Y. An album called ‘Why’ and often including songs with Extinction in the title or description. It felt dark. Gloom, eeriness.
What in fact makes this album better than the previous two is that even the non-metal parts, often due to their electronic performance, have a certain ‘Pink Floyd goes Depeche Mode’ atmosphere which adds to the melancholic atmosphere of the concept. Just try ‘Waking Dreams’ which is electronic melancholic pop perfection. The combination of Jonas Renske and Anneke van Giersbergen really shines here and for me these are the two vocalists adding most of the atmosphere to the album.

Review@Metal Archives

Rating: 5.0/5.0
Origin: Netherlands
Worldwide Release: January 28th, 2008

Tracklist:
CD 1:
01. Age Of Shadows (10:48)
02. Comatose ( 4:26)
03. Liquid Eternity ( 8:09)
04. Connect The Dots ( 4:13)
05. Beneath The Waves ( 8:26)
06. New Born Race ( 7:49)
07. Ride The Comet ( 3:29)
08. Web Of Lies ( 2:50)

CD 2:
01. The Earth Extinction (10:29)
02. Waking Dreams ( 6:31)
03. The Truth Is Here ( 5:12)
04. Unnatural Selection ( 7:15)
05. River Of Time ( 4:24)
06. EMC2 ( 5:50)
07. The Sixth Extinction (12:18)
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Total playing time: 102:09

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