AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has revealed the identity of the second singer who will guest on the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: Simone Simons of EPICA.
Simone's recording session for the new AYREON CD took place on July 5 at the Electric Castle studio. An acapella sample of Simone's vocal (without instruments added) can be heard here.
AYREON previously announced that Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV, BEAUTIFUL SIN) would also appear on the new album.
Twelve vocalists have been confirmed so far, with a number of singers still to be added over the next few weeks.
AYREON's last CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", was released in 2004. It contained guest appearances by a number of acclaimed vocalists, including James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER),Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY),Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH),Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE),Devon Graves (DEADSOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).