Best Songs on Ayreon's 01011001

01011001 is the seventh studio album by Ayreon - Arjen Lucassen's long-running project.
"01011001" is the binary representation of the ASCII value of the letter Y.

This is a concept about a race of aquatic beings living on Planet Y. They have advanced to the point that they have become completely dependent on machines and are losing their emotions.

Genre: Progressive rock
It was released in 2008: CD 1 - "Y", CD 2 - "Earth"

Seventeen singers in total (including Lucassen himself) contributed to the album (most of them are metal singers) - Hansi Kürsch, Daniel Gildenlöw, Floor Jansen, Jørn Lande, Simone Simons, Jonas Renkse, Anneke van Giersbergen, Steve Lee, Tom Englund, and more.

The album was a commercial and critical success.

The Top Ten

1 Age of Shadows

The Allmusic reviewer wrote about this album "Music this over the top almost defies criticism. Reviewing it is like reviewing the world's tallest building. It doesn't care; it just goes on and on." - Metal_Treasure

It's 10:47 min long and 8 metal singers sing it (in order of appearance):
Tom Englund, Steve Lee, Daniel Gildenlöw, Hansi Kürsch, Floor Jansen, Jonas Renkse, Anneke van Giersbergen, Jørn Lande.

In addition, the chorus is very unique because they used again the binary ASCII code and part of the chorus means HELP:
"zero (one) one (one) zero (zero) zero (zero)
off (on) on (off) off (on) on (off)

..." - Metal_Treasure

2 The Sixth Extinction

It's the longest song on the album (12:18).
Vox in order of appearance:
Englund, Lee, Kürsch, Gildenlöw, Jansen, Renkse, Catley, Lande, van Giersbergen - Metal_Treasure

3 Beneath the Waves

A relatively soft song but sounds epic (8:26)
Vox in order of appearance:
Gildenlöw, Catley, van Giersbergen, Jansen, Lee, Lande, Kürsch, Englund - Metal_Treasure

4 Liquid Eternity

Vox in order of appearance:
Renkse, Gildenlöw, Magali Luyten, Bob Catley, Englund, Lande, Jansen - Metal_Treasure

5 Ride the Comet

A shorter song (3:29) that is probably the most energetic track on the album.
Vox in order of appearance:
Lande, Jansen, Englund, Renkse, Catley, Luyten - Metal_Treasure

6 Waking Dreams

This one has some of the softest and most beautiful vocals.
Jonas Renkse, Anneke van Giersbergen - Metal_Treasure

7 Comatose

Vox: Anneke van Giersbergen, Jorn Lande
A soft song with a very beautiful duet. At times Jorn Lande sounds like the melancholy David Coverdale (Whitesnake, ex-Deep Purple) - Metal_Treasure

8 The Fifth Extinction

This is one of the longest songs on the album (10:29)
Vox in order of appearance:
van Giersbergen, Catley, Lee, Lande, Englund, Gildenlöw, Kürsch, Renkse, Jansen - Metal_Treasure

9 River of Time

A soft folkish song with interesting orchestration (violins, flutes, etc).
a duet of Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Bob Catley (Magnum) - Metal_Treasure

10 E=Mc2

The Contenders

11 The Truth is in Here
12 Newborn Race

Vox: Gildenlöw, Jansen, Englund, Renkse, Catley, Kürsch, Lande - Metal_Treasure

13 Unnatural Selection

Vox: Englund, Lee, Lande, Catley, Kürsch, Renkse - Metal_Treasure

14 Connect the Dots

Vox: Ty Tabor, Arjen Lucassen - Metal_Treasure

15 Web of Lies

Vox: Simone Simons, Phideaux Xavier - Metal_Treasure

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