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Harper's Headbanging Hits

Today's song recommendation is "The Day That The World Breaks Down" by Ayreon which was released in 2017 and is on the album "The Source".

"Ayreon is a musical project by Dutch songwriter, singer, musician and record producer Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Ayreon's music is described as progressive rock, progressive metal and power metal, sometimes combined with genres such as folk, electronica, experimental and classical music. The majority of Ayreon's albums are dubbed "rock operas" (or "metal operas") because the albums contain complex storylines featuring a host of characters, usually with each one being represented by a unique vocalist."

"Ayreon's music is characterized by the use of traditional instruments in rock music (guitars, bass guitar, drums, analogue synthesizers, electric organs) mixed with instruments more native to folk and classical music (e.g. mandolins, violins, violas, celli, flutes, sitars and didgeridoos). Lucassen writes the music and the lyrics, sings and plays most of the instruments on all of the Ayreon albums, alongside many guest musicians. His most regular collaborator is drummer Ed Warby." (Above information from Wikipedia.)

My favorite Ayreon song is "The Day That The World Breaks Down" which features all 11 guest singers that appear on the album, plus many other guest musicians. The song tells a science fiction story where the world's technlogy has run amok. Arjen Anthony Lucassen provides a very cool running commentary throughout the video via on-screen captions. It is a very long and complex song at 13+ minutes, but it is totally worth the time to accompany Arjen and Company on the long, but extremely enjoyable musical journey!

Here is the YouTube link for the music video:

Arjen Anthony Lucassen's official website can be found at:

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