AFFECTOR — the highly skilled, new international band consisting of German guitar player Daniel Fries, Dutch drummer Collin Leijenaar (NEAL MORSE, DILEMMA) as well bass player Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X) and vocalist Ted Leonard (SPOCK’S BEARD, ENCHANT, THOUGHT CHAMBER), both from the United States — will release its debut album, “Harmagedon”, on May 22 (North America, May 21 Europe) via InsideOut Music. The CD’s title track can now be heard in its 13-minute entirety using the SoundCloud player below.
Commented Leijenaar: “[The song] ‘Harmagedon’ features some great soloing from Jordan Rudess [DREAM THEATER] on keyboards and Daniel Fries on guitars, and shows what AFFECTOR is all about.”
“Harmagedon”, was mixed and mastered at The Mouse House in Los Angeles by Rich Mouser (SPOCK’S BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC, NEAL MORSE). Alex Argento, Neal Morse (TRANSATLANTIC, FLYING COLORS), Jordan Rudess and Derek Sherinian (PLANET X, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION). Also featured on the album is the Polish orchestra Sinfonietta Consonus. This concept album fuses a dark, apocalyptic scenery with themes of hope and light and features heavy riffs and lightning fast solos, but also has softer and more fragile moments, where the soulful singing of Ted Leonard opens a wide spectrum of vocal harmonies.
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.
“Harmagedon” track listing:
01. Overture Pt. 1: Introduction
02. Overture Pt. 2: Prologue
04. The Rapture
05. Cry Song
06. Falling Away The Rise Of The Beast
08. New Jerusalem
Daniel Fries – Guitar
Collin Leijenaar – Drums
Mike LePond – Bass
Ted Leonard – Vocals
For more information, visit www.affector.net.