AYREON Vocalist IRENE JANSEN Confirmed For New STAR ONE Album; Teaser Available
October 20, 2021, a month ago
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) is back with a new Star One album, titled Revel In Time. The album comes more than 10 years since the previous release and is due out on February 18 via InsideOutMusic.
The album will be available for pre-order on December 17, and it will come as Ltd. 2CD Digipak, Ltd. Deluxe 3CD+Blu-Ray Artbook (incl. a poster of the cover artwork), and as 180g Gatefold 2LP (incl. the album on CD & an LP-Booklet).
CD2 features alternate versions of the same songs as CD1, but with different vocalists. Also available will be a 5.1 mix, a high-res audio version, and an exclusive, hour-long Behind The Scenes video, on the Blu-ray included in the Artbook.
For this Star One release, Arjen has decided to use a different singer for each song, and those singers as well as the instrumentalists are slowly being revealed on Arjen’s Facebook page.
Arjen has checked in with the following teaser:
"Irene Jansen sings in the track 'A Hand On The Clock' on CD2 and also many backing vocals all over the new Star One album, Revel In Time. Check out this video to hear a part of the song and don’t miss Irene’s lovely video message at the end. It’s so great to have Irene aboard again, giving the album that typical powerful Star One sound!"
Jansen is the younger sister of Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen. She sang backing vocals on Star One's European tour in 2003 and has appeared on the Ayreon releases The Human Equation (2004), The Final Experiment (2005 re-release), The Theater Equation (live DVD, 2016) and Ayreon Universe – The Best of Ayreon Live (live DVD, 2018).
Arjen explains the decision to return with a new Star One album: “Ayreon is like the mothership for all my music. It contains all the different musical styles that I like to listen to and that I love to create. But I’m always looking for challenges and trying to create something new and original as well. Working within a set of constraints forces you to do that, so sometimes I like to limit myself and focus on just one style. For example, with Star One I focus on the metal-side of Ayreon. That means you won’t hear the exuberantly liberal use of acoustic instruments that are so often featured on Ayreon albums, like violin, woodwinds, cello, horns, dulcimer, mandolin, etc.”
The artwork was designed by Ayreon artist Jef Bertels, Arjen explains: “As always, Jef’s painting is wondrously labyrinthine; I can sit in front of it for hours and discover new details all the time. Now you might be thinking “Hey, isn’t Jef Bertels the designated artist for Ayreon, but not for Star One?” Of course I thought about that myself. But when I realized how much I liked this album I felt that it deserved a painting of its own and a special place alongside Jef’s other front-cover masterpieces. And anyway, I’ve been breaking rules ever since the very beginning of Ayreon. So… there you have it!”