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Ayreon (ft. Bruce Dickinson) - 'Into The Black Hole' (lyric video)

The Eye of the Universe

A dark sphere surrounds us
In the center of the galaxy
A hidden force has found us
At the boundary of eternity

Nothing escapes, not even light
Beyond the mystical horizon
We surrender to its might
Gazing into the eye of the universe

A deep roar is sounding
As if the universe were crying
My heart is pounding
My every nerve is dying

Halo of Darkness

I hear screams of fallen souls, sad cries of agony
Within the void of this evil hole, deep inside the black

Could it be my imagination, the mirror of my fantasy?
A fear-induced hallucination
Or is there no way back from the halo of darkness?

Spirits - apparitions - misery - suffering
Horrid dreams and dire visions rising up from the black

Look away in disbelief, this cannot be happening
The end has come, I bow in grief
There is no way back from the halo of darkness

The Final Door

Now silence devours us
The calm before the storm
Gravity overpowers us
And leads us through the final door

Feed me light, I'm the halo of darkness
Feel my might, I'm the eye of the universe

"As we continue on our journey, we dive into a black hole - a spiraling wormhole. As it sucks us in, time slows and images become distorted. Reality itself twists and bends. We leave the galaxy where our journey began, headed for the unknown. Where will it take us?"

Τον Arjen Anthony Lucassen τον έμαθα ως τον κιθαρίστα των Vengeance ακούγοντας τους δίσκους "Take It or Leave It", "Arabia" (αργότερα άκουσα και τα προγενέστερα albums). Την δεκαετία του ενενήντα δημιούργησε το project των Ayreon όπου ο πυρήνας της μπάντας ήταν ο ίδιος και ο Ed Warby. Τους υπόλοιπους "ρόλους" κάλυπταν προσκεκλημένοι μουσικοί.

Το πρώτο album των Ayreon που άκουσα (κι αγόρασα) ήταν το "Into the Electric Castle". Διπλό cd, concept δίσκος με δέκα προσκεκλημένους μουσικούς και εννέα τραγουδιστές. Ακολούθησε το "The Universal Migrator", το οποίο κυκλοφόρησε το καλοκαίρι του 2000 σε δύο... δόσεις (με έναν μήνα διαφορά μεταξύ τους), το "Part I: The Dream Sequencer" και το "Part II: Flight of the Migrator". Μας λέει χαρακτηριστικά ο δημιουργός:

«The Universal Migrator parts I and II is the 2-CD re-release of what were originally released as two single albums: The Dream Sequencer and Flight of the Migrator.

The Dream Sequencer

On Universal Migrator part I: The Dream Sequencer Arjen picks up the story of The Final Experiment and the year 2084. Over a hundred years have passed since the last world war destroyed all life on earth. This war was exactly what the main character Ayreon had already predicted in the 6th century (see the first Ayreon CD The Final Experiment).

As this final war was taking place, a number of Mars colonists witnessed the destruction on Earth from afar. For several years they managed to keep themselves alive with the supplies they had brought with them from Earth. But eventually the supplies ran out and the colonists were doomed to die. The main character in the story is the last surviving human being, a child of the first Mars colonists. He has never been on Earth.

During the initial period of Mars colonization, finding entertainment was somewhat of a problem. So clever technicians designed the Dream Sequencer, a machine that allowed the Colonists to travel back to their own youth by means of hypnoses, but also to their lives before; their pre-incarnations so to speak.

It is in this machine that the last Colonist relives his youth on Mars, and scenes from previous lives: his death as a woman on Earth during the war of 2084, the first moon landing of 1969, and his life as the standard bearer in the famous 17th century painting of Rembrandt: The Nightwatch.

He stood on the shores of England as Queen Elisabeth I, watching the English fleet sail out to stop the Spanish Armada, and as a Mayan girl he witnessed sacred ceremonies in Tikal. As the story unfolds, we discover that the Colonist once was the minstrel Ayreon and that, in another even earlier incarnation, he was present during the construction of Stonehenge. His soul’s first incarnation was the first human being on Earth.

Flight of the Migrator

The Universal Migrator Part II continues the story of the last man alive on Mars as he decides to venture further back in time. He wants to go all the way back to the time just before the universe was created, a time when there was nothing but chaos.

The Colonist witnesses the big bang and the creation of the first soul: The Universal Migrator. This soul divides itself into various new souls that each go in search of planets to inhabit. This is how they bring life to various planets and start different civilizations.

In the Dream Sequencer program the Colonist follows the soul that is headed for Earth. On his long journey through space, he passes astronomical phenomena such as quasars, pulsars, supernovas, black holes, and wormholes. He finally enters the solar system, but the Dream Sequencer program begins to overload.

The Colonist should never have ventured that far back in time. The Dream Sequencer tried desperately to wake the Colonist from his deep state of hypnoses, but it is too late; the Colonist dies in the machine. Then the Migrator speaks to him without words: “Eternity lies before you. You are the new Migrator!”

Ayreon - 'The Universal Migrator'
Bruce Dickinson, Fabio Lione, Ralf Scheepers, Sir Russel Allen, Timo Kotipelto, Andi Deris, Floor Jansen, Damian Wilson, Lana Lane ακούμε (μεταξύ άλλων) σε μία εξαιρετική δουλειά, η οποία θα επανακυκλοφορήσει (Remixed & Remastered) τον επόμενο μήνα (18 Οκτωβρίου 2022) σε ψηφιακή μορφή και στα τελειώματα του φθινοπώρου (18 Νοεμβρίου 2022) σε φυσική μορφή.

Παρακολουθούμε το lyric video του τραγουδιού "Into The Black Hole", στο οποίο ακούμε (και) την φωνή των Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson. Πρόκειται για τριλογία (The Eye of the Universe / Halo of Darkness / The Final Door), η οποία υπερβαίνει τα δέκα λεπτά σε διάρκεια, με τον Arjen Anthony Lucassen να μας λέει σχετικά:

«I must say Into the Black Hole is one of my personal favorite songs on the Flight of the Migrator album. Particularly because of the amazing vocal performance of the mighty Bruce Dickinson. It was a true honor and pleasure for me to record one of my favorite singers of all time in my studio. I love the fact that his singing in this track is so different from the (often faster) Iron Maiden material.

If you listen well, you can hear that in this re-mixed version I used some vocal lines that I didn’t use in the original version. I also think that especially the drums sound way more powerful than in the original version. Have fun exploring and let me know. Hope you enjoy this spacey video made by Dave Letelier and Wayne Joyner!

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