Towards the end of 2020, Affiance released two new songs and a haunting recording of the U.S. National Anthem. Those new songs gave me hope that my favorite band might be back on the scene, but a year and a half of silence followed those releases.
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Night Rider’s first original track, released on September 23rd, turned out to be more than I could ever have hoped for. Everything that makes Affiance so great – the soaring melodies of Dennis Tvrdik’s distinct and beautiful tenor; the heavy, syncopated rhythms in the drums and bass; the intricate guitar work – can still be found in “Collar.” Night Rider takes that killer concoction, and infuses it with a persistent synth track that compliments, rather than dominates the sound. Think the new-age metalcore of Dayseeker, Until I Wake, or even Bad Omens, and place it in the context of Affiance’s already-perfected melodic metalcore sound. What you get is a new generation of Affiance, stamped with a new name and wearing disco-era clothing.