If there is one (social) recluse who has learnt the methods of teasing his fans, then the award goes to Dutch pride Arjen Anthony Lucassen. After a bombastic comeback in 2013 with Ayreon’s ‘The Theory of Everything’, the man is taking the next step along with Anneke Van Giersbergen for an epic double CD concept album to be called ‘The Diary’ under the name of The Gentle Storm. Anneke has worked with Arjen on two Ayreon albums, ‘Into The Electric Castle’ (1998) and ‘01011001’ (2008). Arjen has earned a name for himself after releasing series of nothing but concept albums, touching on all the areas of music and emotions. After covering everything, it is time to go beyond imagination, and that’s where ‘The Diary’ makes a glass-shattering entry. In the words of the man himself, ‘The Diary’ is “an epic double concept album of ‘classic meets metal’ and ‘acoustic folk’.” Turning a regular concept into an “epic double concept” album is something that only people like Arjen can think of and execute. ‘The Diary’ follows a love story of two protagonists – Susanne and Joseph, a couple living in 17th century Netherlands, which was then known for its trade all over the world. Joseph has gone on his voyage of endurance, sailing across the sea for 2 years. The only way for Joseph and Susanne to communicate is via letters, which form the base of the songs.
Gearing up for the release, Metal Wani’s Editor In Chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi had a chat with Arjen ‘Anthony’ Lucassen. He discusses new album “The Diary”, formation of the group, working with Anneke, Possible new studio project and much more.
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