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About Cry of the Afflicted

Cry of the Afflicted began in 2003 as a  group of friends growing up together in their hometown, about three hours northeast of Vancouver B.C. The band members are guitarist James Johnson, vocalist Garret Packer, bassist/vocalist Nik Wagener, guitarist Steve Lockart and drummer Troy Doell.

Their unique sound is created by incorporating the soaring vocals of Packer, Johnson and Wagner with the distortion and precision of fellow band mates Lockhart and Doell.

It wasn't long after forming that the band began touring western Canada with the likes of Misery Signals and Bury Your Dead.  Influenced by bands like Soilwork and In Flames, bands that had helped to elevate the modern blue print of combining aggression and melody, Cry of the Afflicted held their own.

"We were never a metal or a hardcore band," explains vocalist Garrett Packer. "I'd say we're more of a modern rock band with screaming. We've come almost full circle. At first we were all melody with a small fraction of screaming. When we got on the road, hardcore was the popular thing and we were always the melodic band on the bill."


That balance couldn't be more evident than on the band's Solid State debut, The Unveiling (2007). Produced by Jeff Schneeweis (Number One Gun) and mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick of it All, Himsa), "The Unveiling" captures the soaring and perfectly layered vocals of Packer, Johnson and bass guitarist and backing vocalist Nik Wagener without losing the distortion and precision of fellow band mates, guitarist Steve Lockhart and drummer Troy Doell. "It was really great to work with Jeff," Garrett explains. "He has a back ground as a vocalist and he has a good grasp on how to get the best out of all of us."

Another aspect that sets Cry of the Afflicted apart from their contemporaries is the vocalist's acute attention to lyrics. While each track stands alone Garrett couldn't help but see a common theme linking the album together. "This album was a real challenge to me as a writer. It wasn't that long ago that I had finished writing for our demo and I was stressed going into the studio. I wanted the vocal delivery and the lyrics to be in synch. If I was screaming I wanted to be saying something worth screaming about."

Touring and promoting The Unveiling introduced audiences to one of the talented treasures of the Great White North. “We’re excited to start touring,” stated James, the band’s guitarist. “Right now it’s western Canada but this summer it will be out to Cornerstone Festival and beyond. It’s a really exciting time for us all.”

Out on the road they amaze audiences by the way they combined a fluid melody with harsher elements – the end result – great music and a good time for all.