Ayreon have announced theyll release their new studio album Transitus on September 25 through Music Theories Recordings.
Itll see Arjen Lucassen joined by a host of guests including former Twisted Sisterfrontman Dee Snider, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, Epicas Simone Simons, Kamelots Tommy Karevik, guitarist Marty Friedman and more with former Doctor Who actor Tom Baker narrating the sprawling concept album.
The record will focus on a new story thats not connected to the Ayreon universe, and will fuse a sci-fi theme with a gothic ghost story, partially set in the 19th century starring lead characters Abby and Daniel.
Lucassen says: I was looking for a real storyteller with a mature, deep, warm voice. As a kid, I was a huge Doctor Who fan and my favourite doctor was Tom Baker. I couldnt believe my luck when he agreed to do it! We went to the UK to record him, and it was one of those unforgettable experiences.