23 May 2012
Affector: "Harmagedon" album out NOW!
Affector:  "Harmagedon" album out NOW!
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 releasing their debut album, "Harmagedon", all over Europe NOW InsideOutMusic.

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
3. Salvation
4. The Rapture
5. Cry Song
6. Falling Away & The Rise Of The Beast
7. Harmagedon
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.

"Harmagedon" can purchased from the InsideOutMusic shop in all its physical release formats as follows:
Ltd. Edition CD
Black 2LP
Purple Coloured 2LP

In the light of the album's release, AFFECTOR are showcasing the album's title track, "Harmagedon" (in its entire 13 minutes of running time!) via UK's Prog Magazine 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 was also been launched via the InsideOutMusic YouTube channel. Check it out here.

A special "radio edit" version of the album song "New Jerusalem" is available as part of the free InsideOutMusic digital promo-sampler 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

AFFECTOR online: