AFFECTOR, the highly skilled new international progressive rock/metal band consisting of German guitar-player Daniel Fries, Dutch drummer Collin Leijenaar (Neal Morse/Dilemma) as well as the US based bass player Mike LePond (Symphony X) and vocalist Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard/Enchant/Thought Chamber), are drawing nearer to the release date for their debut album, “Harmagedon”, on May 21st, 2012 in Europe and May 22nd, 2012 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
In the light of the album’s impending release date, AFFECTOR are debuting the album’s title track, “Harmagedon” (in its entire 13 minutes of running time!) via UK’s Prog Magazine exclusively here:
AFFECTOR’s Collin Leijenaar checked in to comment on the song launch as follows:
“Harmagedon” is the title track from our album, and it’s an honor to have Prog Magazine debut it. It features some great soloing from Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) on keyboards and Daniel Fries on guitars, and shows what AFFECTOR is all about.”
Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard/Enchant/Thought Chamber) also checked in as follows to explain his excitement about joining AFFECTOR:
“I was intrigued by the project, at first, because of the list of intended musicians that were to be involved. Then the music came to my inbox and I was floored by the musicianship by all involved. Collin and Daniel are absolute MONSTERS! Truly an honor to be part of this!“
AFFECTOR’s debut album, “Harmagedon”, was mixed and mastered at The Mouse House in Los Angeles by Rich Mouser (Spock’s Beard/Transatlantic/Neal Morse) and its cover artwork can be seen above. The album also showcases four very special guests on keyboards: Alex Argento, Neal Morse (Transatlantic/Flying Colors), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) and Derek Sherinian (Planet X/Black Country communion). Also featured on the album is the Polish orchestra Sinfonietta Consonus.
The album’s tracklisting reads as follows:
AFFECTOR – “Harmagedon”
1. Overture pt.1: Introduction
2. Overture pt.2: Prologue
4. The Rapture
5. Cry Song
6. Falling Away & The Rise Of The Beast
8. New Jerusalem
The initial version of “Harmagedon” will come as limited edition CD in slipcase packaging and additionally featuring 2 special acoustic versions of the songs “Harmagedon” and “New Jerusalem” as bonus tracks. The album will be also available as strictly limited 2LP version in 180gr. vinyl, as standard Digital Download and also as HD-Audio Digital Download version via I-Tunes.
AFFECTOR’s “Harmagedon” album can be now pre-ordered from the InsideOutMusic shop in all its physical release formats at the following locations:
Ltd. Edition CD: http://www.insideoutshop.de/
Black 2LP: http://www.insideoutshop.de/
Purple Coloured 2LP: http://www.insideoutshop.de/
Previously, AFFECTOR have made a special “radio edit” version of the album song “New Jerusalem” available via their Facebook profile. Check it out here:
www.facebook.com/Affectormusic (“listen to our music”)
The song is also available on the new free InsideOutMusic digital sampler here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/
To further introduce the band’s elaborated and atmospheric songs, a 5-minute online teaser compilation with excerpts from various songs off the “Harmagedon” album was also been launched via the InsideOutMusic YouTube channel. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Some of the album’s guests and other established Prog musicians checked in to comment on “Harmagedon”:
“AFFECTOR’s ‘Harmagedon’ is a solid blast of PROG metal complete with burning solos, odd time signatures, orchestral highlights, and Rock riffs that will tear your head off! Excited that I could be a part of this album!”
– Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
“I think AFFECTOR is amazing! Great playing, composition and production…and you can’t beat the lyrics! Congratulations to Daniel and the gang. Excellent work!”
– Neal Morse
“If you are a fan of Dream Theater and progressive hard rock, this is an essential addition to your collection…you will love it!”
– Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob)
Citing broad musical influences and diverse inspirations between prog and classic as well as modern rock acts, AFFECTOR is like an open marriage between progressive rock/metal and orchestral minimalism, destined to appeal to everyone into bands ranging from Dream Theater, A.C.T., Symphony X, Darkwater to Queen or Rush.
Daniel Fries – guitars
Collin Leijenaar – drums
Mike LePond – bass guitars
Ted Leonard – vocals
More details about AFFECTOR and “Harmagedon” will be announced in the coming weeks…