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), have announced the release date for their debut album, “Harmagedon”, to be May 21st, 2012 in Europe and May 22nd, 2012 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
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 has now been launched via the InsideOutMusic YouTube channel.
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
AFFECTOR’s Collin Leijenaar checked in to comment on the teaser and the album’s artwork as follows:
“With this teaser we hope to give the listener a bit of an idea what ‘Harmagedon’ sounds like – but since these are only small excerpts of an album that contains about 65 minutes of music, there is much more music to explore, so the best way to really experience it, is to buy it :).”
“The album cover has been made by designer Daniel Latsch. After he heard parts of the demo’s when we were writing the album and we told him our story concept he made this beautiful artwork. We are very proud of it. It really adds something to the complete package. Especially with the vinyl version; one of the benefits of being able to release our album on vinyl also – the artwork is just stunning!”
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.
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…