The German duo of Helmut Vonliten and Nihl Finch, known collectively as Les Friction, released their self-titled debut album on January 24, 2012. A year earlier, their former collaborator Franz Vonliten passed away, leaving behind a gap in the musical landscape. After a year of search and testing, they forged their unique spacey orchestral progressive rock sound.
Using the retrosonic process, they scoured the planet and found suitable components to create their aural illusions. The resulting sonic fusion has produced an excellent record that will undoubtedly please their many fans and be a must have for any progressive rock fanatic.
Best of all, the aforementioned self-titled debut album is priced at a reasonable $9.99 with vocals, or for.99 cents each individual track. The band is currently touring with the likes of Queen, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Globus, so you can expect plenty of aural fireworks in the near future.
Most impressively, the aforementioned self-titled debut is an excellent example of what makes the German music scene tick and why Germany remains a global powerhouse in progressive rock. While a strong orientation to rock is undeniable, the album also features classical instruments and choral additions that provide an orchestral impact.
The aforementioned self-titled debut is an outstanding album that will undoubtedly please fans and critics alike. While it's certainly not the most important thing to happen to the world of music in 2012, it has managed to blaze its own path and is definitely worth checking out.