ARJEN LUCASSEN On THE GENTLE STORM Debut Album - "A Double CD With The Same Songs On Each, But In Very Different Contrasting Arrangements"
October 11, 2014, 4 years ago
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) and Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) recently joined forces for new band, The Gentle Storm, and confirmed they have signed a deal with InsideOutMusic for the release of their debut album early next year.
In a post on Facebook, Lucassen sheds a little more light on the forthcoming album:
“The Gentle Storm concept album will be a double CD, with the same songs on each CD but in VERY different, contrasting arrangements. CD1, the 'Gentle' album, will be all acoustic and folky with lots of exotic instruments. CD2, the 'Storm' album, will be an all-out, bombastic orchestral metal album. Of course there are plenty of progressive elements mixed in as well. Questions? Ask away!"
Fans are invited to send their questions here.
Anneke offered the following update: "We're in the middle of recording these amazing new songs and are very excited the label shows an equal amount of faith in this release. We can't wait for people to hear it and are happy this superb team will help us spread the word."
Having originally worked together back in 1998 on Ayreon's album, Into The Electric Castle, and reconvening again for the seventh Ayreon album, 01011001, The Gentle Storm sees the duo collaborate for a full double-album that will see the light of day next year. Anneke will also take the music on the road in 2015, backed by a band of Dutch musicians; however Arjen himself will not take part.
Arjen Lucassen recently picked up the Virtuoso award at this year's Progressive Music Awards, in front of an audience that included Peter Gabriel and Rick Wakeman amongst other progressive rock legends. Last year saw the release of the latest album from his Ayreon project entitled The Theory Of Everything, which featured guest appearances from the aforementioned Wakeman as well as Steve Hackett and Keith Emerson.
Anneke Van Giersbergen has also had an extremely busy 12 months following the release of her latest solo album, Drive, playing live across the world with her solo band, Devin Townsend Project, and with Daniel Cavanagh of Anathema. She will also be playing a special anniversary show with former band The Gathering in November as well has having taken part in Devin Townsend's forthcoming new album Z².