Starting out with a very cinematic beautiful orchestral-like theme "Overture part 1", that soon proves to be the calm before the storm "Overture part 2" where this fine outfit comes across like a mix between Dream Theater and Transatlantic, complex time signatures and heavy sequences of brilliance. The only (at least to me) known musician of Affector, is Ted Leonard (from the very underrated Enchant) on fine vocals throughout. But Daniel Fries: Guitars and vocals/ Michel Lepond: Bass/ Colin Leijenaar: Drums are excellent also. I guess the guest musicians / friends here, really draw attention to this album.
Let me just mention a few: Neal Morse and Jordan Rudess. Actually the more I get into this bands music, I think it is overall more in the vein of Dream Theater than that of Transatlantic, being more aggressive and heavier than the latter, with few exceptions "Cry song", "New Jerusalem" and of course the 2 acoustic renditions of " New Jerusalem" & "Harmagedon". On the lyric side there are messages of Christianity, which doesn't bother me, we all have our faith some way or another. As long as it is not preaching and/or fanatic!! But hey, this is first and foremost about music isn't it?! In my book this is an excellent album, with excellent musicians. So if any of the above didn't put you off, then check it out, Affector deserves the attention and applause for their fresh approach on old ground!!
Oh..excellent artwork too!!