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 anticipation of the release date, AFFECTOR have now made a special "radio edit" version of the album song "New Jerusalem" available on their Facebook profile starting today. Check it out here.
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 also been launched via the InsideOutMusic YouTube channel.
AFFECTOR checked in to comment on the song launch as follows:
Collin Leijenaar: "As we move closer to the release 'Harmagedon', I'm excited to be able to stream a full song on our Facebook page. We chose 'New Jerusalem' in the radio-edit version. This song is a bit more straight-forward than some of our other songs, but still contains the 'AFFECTOR-sound'. I'm curious if this will ever hit a radio station, but we thought it would be fun to at least have the option :)"
Daniel Fries: "I'm thrilled about the upcoming release of 'Harmagedon', this is like a dream come true for me and an honor to have worked with those prog stars! Every time I listen to 'New Jerusalem' I'm blown away by the vocals of Ted Leonard. I hope the listener will feel the same way."
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.
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 - click here
Black 2LP - click here
Purple Coloured 2LP - click here
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...