Mats Levén (KRUX, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION), Robin Beck, Michael Bormann (ex-JADED HEART, BONFIRE) and Carsten Kaiser (ex-ANGEL DUST) make guest appearances on "Inside Of The Machine", the forthcoming third album from ASSIGNMENT, the braindchild of composer and guitarist Goran Panic.
"Inside Of The Machine" is said to be a conceptual effort with the following storyline: "We're in the near future, all goverments have fallen, democracy as we’ve known is only left on paper and one consortium is taking care of our free world. All is based on total submission, a very low percentage enjoys the privilege of finances while the most serve and get milked like my remote does with batteries…"
Description of the four characters:
Robin Beck is "The Mistress". She was sent by The Preacher to Nick, the main character in order to help him through this intrusion of mankind and to build the resistance. After a while she will start play here own game…
Michael Bormann is "Nick", the main character. He is one between thousands but more and more frustrated by the injustice, by the lies surrounding him and by beeing kept down for speaking the truth. He decides to raise against which lead him into the game against "The Machine".
Carsten Kaiser is "The Machine". It's the combined synonym for all evil, wrong ways and grievance that is all around us such as greed, betrayal, wars and many other parts of our already seen and known system.
Mats Levén is "The Preacher". Once he was God but as mankind lost its belief, he returned as a "normal" preacher who is supporting but also using Nick and The Mistress for his own need — to regain belief and rebuild the balance again.
According to a press release, ASSIGNMENT "combines various inluences such as QUEENSRŸCHE and FATES WARNING but also AYREON and ealy PAIN OF SALVATION. You can expect hard-edged riffs, catchy hooks and unexpected turnovers in more than 70 minutes running time, including a special bonus track, a cover version of MEAT LOAF's 'Nowhere Fast'."
"Inside Of The Machine" track listing:
01. Upload the System (6:04)
02. The Intrusion (4:08)
03. I Am The Machine (5:00)
04. Resistance (4:50)
05. Love Between Heaven And Hell (4:15)
06. The Betrayal (3:32)
07. Messiah's Fall (4:16)
08. Ending Love (5:04)
09. Another Sacrifice (4:49)
10. Electric City (Home Of The Machine) (4:43)
11. Walk Alone (4:42)
12. Eternal Silence (5:36)
13. Bug In The System (3:42)
14. End Of The Machine (6:06)
15. Nowhere Fast (bonus track) (4:57)