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Lucassen and Giersbergen going epic

Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen and former The Gathering singer Anneke van Giersbergen have revealed they're working on an album together.

Both artists released well-received solo records last year – Giersbergen’s Drive was launched in September while Lucassen’s latest Ayreon work, The Theory Of Everything, appeared in October.

He says of the collaboration: “Expect an epic concept double-album, a combination of classical meets metal and acoustic folk.”

She adds: “It will be the two of us – a fabulous overall theme and everything between very loud and pure acoustic. This will be something special.”

Further details will be confirmed in due course.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.