The Source is the ninth studio album from Ayreon, it was released on April 28th, 2017, under the Mascot Label Group.
The Source marks the return to the science fiction storyline of previous Ayreon's albums, serving as prequel for 01011001, making it the first one of the chronology as this album explores the origins of the Forever, the alien race from Y which is important part of the storyline.
(Listed in order of appearance)
- James LaBrie (Dream Theater) as The Historian
- Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder) as The Opposition Leader
- Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. (Between the Buried and Me) as The Chemist
- Simone Simons (Epica) as The Counselor
- Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind) as The Prophet
- Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) as The Captain
- Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) as The Astronomer
- Mike Mills (Toehider) as TH-1
- Russell Allen (Symphony X) as The President
- Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus) as The Diplomat
- Floor Jansen (Nightwish, ex-After Forever, ex-ReVamp) as The Biologist
- Will Shaw (Heir Apparent), Wilmer Waarbroek, Jan Willem Ketelaars, and Lisette van den Berg (Scarlet Stories) as The Ship's Crew
- Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) as The Preacher
- Arjen Anthony Lucassen – Electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, mandolin, synthesizers, Hammond, Solina Strings, all other instruments
- Ed Warby – Drums
Guest Musicians Edit
- Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever) – Grand piano and electric piano
- Mark Kelly (Marillion) – Synthesizer solo on "The Dream Dissolves"
- Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky) – Cello
- Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) – Guitar solo on "Star of Sirrah"
- Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, ex-Asia) – Guitar solo on "Planet Y Is Alive!"
- Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) – Guitar solo on "The Dream Dissolves"
- Ben Mathot – Violin
- Jeroen Goossens (ex-Pater Moeskroen) – Wind instruments
Track list Edit
The album is divided in four "chronicles", with each one of these chapters having an introduction by The Historian in order to gave more context of the history.
Chronicle 1: The 'Frame Edit
- The Day That the World Breaks Down
- Sea of Machines
- Everybody Dies
Chronicle 2: The Aligning of the Ten Edit
- Star of Sirrah
- All That Was
- Run! Apocalypse! Run!
- Condemned to Live
Chronicle 3: The Transmigration Edit
- Aquatic Race
- The Dream Dissolves
- Deathcry of a Race
- Into the Ocean
Chronicle 4: The Rebirth Edit
- Bay of Dreams
- Planet Y Is Alive!
- The Source Will Flow
- Journey to Forever
- The Human Compulsion
- March of the Machines