Alarion is a project by Bas Willemsen. Whether it concerns writing songs, recording guitars, bass or keyboards, approaching guest musicians, conceiving artwork or anything else concerning the project, Bas is at the start and finish of all that is Alarion.
Bas has a broad interest in music, and is especially attracted to music with melody and diverse arrangements. Bas likes classical symphonies, folk, jazz and fusion, besides many kinds of instrumental guitar music, of rock and of metal, including a particular love of progressive rock and metal from the 1970s to this day. The music of Alarion is therefore influenced by a wide variety of artists.
Alarion was founded as Alerion by Bas in 2005 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. A demo (‘Fledgling’) was released in 2007, followed by a promo (‘Turn of Fate’) in 2009, of which the title song Turn of Fate was included on the compilation album ‘Melody and Malice’, by Femme Metal Records in 2011.
Bas became the sole driving force of Alerion, picking up ever more tasks and realising his vision by writing all the songs, recording guitars, keyboards and bass.
In the spring of 2014, Bas made the natural decision to continue Alerion as his solo project, making use of all things learned and loved during the previous years. The spelling of the name was changed to Alarion to distinguish Alarion from the many new artists who followed it with the name "Alerion".