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Ayreon's new album

So I checked out the album, and I have to say it's pretty good. Not as in-depth as I expected, but it was still pretty good. The album, titled 01011001, or in its binary translation "Y", describes the struggle of the people that Forever came from, and the events after they lost the ability to comprehend emotion. It starts with them realizing they can't feel emotion, and their slow decline into extinction.

As a last resort, the people of Planet Y create extremophiles based on their own genetic structure. In a plan with no guarantee of success, they fire the extremophiles onto a passing meteorite, which is in turn led to prehistoric Earth. The impact of the metorite decimates the dinosaur population and allows the extremophiles an environment in which to evolve in.

Eventually, the extremophiles evolve into humans, completely identical to the people of Planet Y, with the exception that they can feel emotion. The people of Planet Y study these people for eons, until, in a bit of impatience, gift man with modern technology. This sudden advancement plunges mankind into a spiral of doom, which eventually leads to the great war in 2084. Too late, the people of Planet Y see their mistake, and begin to experience emotions, for it only to be too late to stop their extinction.

The songs are very emotive, despite the fact that the majority of the cast is not able to feel it, a nice touch, in my opinion. As always, Arjen Lucassen is able to tell a great story with the backdrop of excellent musical feats and sound effects. I recommend this album completely, and am eager to hear thge full version.

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