Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s Top 10 Albums of 2013
Posted by ChristopherMammal
Arjen is one of the most prolific and creative composers and musicians in modern metal. If you don’t already know, his projects have included Ambeon, Ayreon, Guilt Machine, Star One and his own solo album. The spectrum of his music spans across many colours on both sides of prog metal. It embraces power metal and symphonic metal on the heavier side. On the hippie side, it extends from symphonic prog (every project) to art rock (with Ambeon). All of his projects are a glorious integration of different styles.
It seems appropriate to preface Arjen’s Top 10 with a song from his solo album, The New Real. This song, Pink Beetles in a Purple Zeppelin, is specially fitting. It is Arjen’s wry and lyrical take on a hypothetical death of musical creativity. As long as the world continues to produce people like him, of course, that will never happen.
So to Arjen’s Top 10. These aren’t in order of preference. We’ll put them in alphabetical order by band or artist’s name.
Amplifier – Echo Street
Song: Where The River Goes
Anneke van Giersbergen – Drive
Anneke was a guest vocalist on Ayreon’s Into The Electric Castle and 01011001
Song: You Will Never Change
Avatarium – Avatarium
Epic doom metal by a largely Candlemass project
Song: Bird Of Prey
Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Descension
An unusual blend of alternative metal and prog rock
Song: Gravity’s Union
Deep Purple – Now What?!
The modern Deep Purple is as much prog metal as hard rock
Song: Uncommon Man
Dream Theater – Dream Theater
Another success for the enduring prog metal band
Song: The Bigger Picture
Leafblade – The Kiss of Spirit and Flesh
Progressive folk rock
Midlake – Antiphon
Song: The Old And The Young
Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing
The mind boggles at the imagined collaboration of Arjen and Wilson
Song: The Pin Drop
Wisdom of Crowds – Wisdom of Crowds
A project by Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief and Jonas Renkse of Katatonia
Song: Stacked Naked