Ayreon unveils two new singles off of the upcoming new album “Transitus” with Cammie Gilbert, Marcela Bovio and Caroline Westendorp on vocals. Read more below.
The record focuses on a new story that’s not connected to the Ayreon universe and fuses a sci-fi theme with a gothic ghost story, partially set in the 19th century starring lead characters Abby and Daniel. The story is narrated by Tom Baker known from popular British TV series Doctor Who. The album features Oceans Of Slumber’s Cammie Gilbert, Epica’s Simone Simons, Trillium’s Amanda Somerville, MaYaN’s Marcela Bovio, Caroline Westendorp (ex-The Charm The Fury), Ex-Libris’ Dianne van Giersbergen and others on vocal duties. “Transitus” comes out on September 25.
The first song, “Hopelessly Slipping Away”, features Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) and Cammie Gilbert (Oceans of Slumber). It’s a haunting track with analog synthesizers and violin, and it slowly builds to an epic climax with marching snares. In the following video, you can see the ghost of Daniel (Tommy) hopelessly trying to reach out to his beloved wife Abby (Cammie) who clearly feels his presence but can’t see or hear him.
The second piece, “Get Out! Now!” is a straightforward and energetic rock track with powerful drums, bass, guitars and Hammond organ. It features the illustrious Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) on vocals, and none other than the legendary Joe Satriani plays a blistering guitar solo. In this story, Daniel’s intolerant father (Dee) banishes Daniel (Tommy) from his estate for having a forbidden affair with their servant Abby. You can also hear Marcela Bovio (MaYaN) and Caroline Westendorp (ex-The Charm The Fury) in the role of Fury on this piece.