GUILT MACHINE: On This Perfect Day - #GuiltMachine is a musical project by Dutch musician #ArjenAnthonyLucassen, owner of other musical projects such as #StarOne, #Ayreon and #Ambeon. The project's debut release, #OnThisPerfectDay, was released in August 2009.
In February 2009, Arjen announced in his website that he would be working on his new side project Guilt Machine.This project features a very limited line-up, comparing to other Arjen's side projects: Arjen Lucassen on the instruments and backing vocals, #JasperSteverlinck (#Arid) on lead vocals, #ChrisMaitland (ex-#Porcupine Tree) on drums and #LoriLinstruth (ex-#StreamOfPassion) on lead guitar.
According to Arjen, the music will range "from dark and heavy to atmospheric and melancholic". Regarding the concept, Arjen stated that instead of fantasy and science fiction themes, Guilt Machine will explore "the destructive psychology of guilt, regret and the darkest form of secret -- the secrets we hide from ourselves." In spite of the differences, the songs are expected to keep the dynamic contrasts, intricated harmonies, complex rhythms and soaring melodies of any Ayreon release.