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Arjen with some of his many, many instruments.

Arjen Anthony Lucassen (born 3 April 1960) is a Dutch Progressive Rock and Metal musician, songwriter, Record Producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He has created and been active on many projects, creating a bit of an Archive Panic for those who want to check it all out.

He started out as guitarist for the Dutch band Bodine from 1980 to 1984. From 1984 to 1992 he was a songwriter and composer for the band Vengeance, but then left to start a solo career. His debut solo album "Pools of Sorrow, Waves Of Joy" (1994), released under the name "Anthony" flopped. Success only came when his started his ambitious Ayreon project, which lead to eight Rock Opera albums built around the same concept.. Lucassen has worked on many other projects and is one of the few Progressive Metal musicians to actually be hailed as a "genius" by serious music critics. His 2012 solo album Lost in the New Real is the Surprisingly Improved Sequel to his debut album.


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     Solo Releases 

  • Bold as Brass (1982)
  • Three Times Running (1983)

  • Vengeance (1984)
  • We Have Ways to Make You Rock (1986)
  • Take It or Leave It (1987)
  • Arabia (1989)

  • The Final Experiment (1995)
  • Actual Fantasy (1996)
  • Into the Electric Castle (1998)
  • Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer (2000)
  • Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight Of The Migrator (2000)
  • The Human Equation (2004)
  • 01011001 (2008)
  • The Theory Of Everything (2013)
  • The Source (2017)
  • Tranistus (2020)

  • Fate of a Dreamer (2001)

     Star One 
  • Space Metal (2002)
  • Victims of the Modern Age (2010)
  • Revel in Time (2022)

     Stream of Passion 
  • Embrace the Storm (2005)

     Guilt Machine 
  • On This Perfect Day (2009)

     The Gentle Storm 
  • The Diary (2015)

     Supersonic Revolution 
  • Golden Age of Music (2023)

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