When you experience the music of After The Fall you will be treated to a musical art form rich in melodic majesty, driven with the rhythm and power of its roots in classical rock, jazz fusion and the neo-progressive rock movement…with an innovative and energetic character all its own. After the Fall’s music stands proudly apart from the prevalent fads and drearily predicable fare; showcasing its vision of original, meaningful songs, celebrating it’s diverse heritage of the best influences in thoughtful, inventive and challenging musical experiences, driven by the virtuosity and fire that they bring to their live and studio performance for over 20 years. Their many years of commitment to their music have led them to international acclaim in the Progressive Music world. They have performed at several of the leading progressive venues in recent years, including the annual ProgDay festival in 1997 and 1999; the Orion Studio Concert Showcase series in Baltimore; the NewEARS progressive rock concert series in Lowell; and numerous other club and concert appearances in the Northeast over the recent years. Epics from their 1997 ProgDay show are presented in the official ‘ProgDay Encore’ box set, a limited edition 7-CD retrospective of the ProgDay Music Festival, providing audiences with an opportunity to obtain a live recording of some of the classic material from their five studio projects (so far…!). ATF has made numerous appearances on radio, webcasting and television over the years, with their music showcased by progressive broadcasters in the US, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Uruguay, the UK, France, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand and Japan… that we know of! The development of After the Fall’s latest release, “Knowledge” (2005) was a monumental step forward for the band. Three years in the making, “Knowledge” is hailed as the pinnacle of ATF’s musical offerings, boasting over 80 minutes of music, built around three epic anthems. In 2006 ATF is commencing the “Knowledge” live tour, riding the wave of many favorable reviews and world-wide interest.
Like Progressive Music itself, After the Fall continues to grow and develop new insights. Originality and fire of spirit and performance remains their hallmark. Since then the band have been on a hiatus of sorts. However, after being invited to play OhioProg 2012, decided to regroup and are currently in the studio working on new material. A new piece will be presented to the OhioProg 2012 audience. After the Fall is...Mark Benson is the heart and soul of After the Fall. His powerful and expressive voice is the signature of ATF, and his songwriting reveals the personal and spiritual journey that makes these songs so real and vital. Mark is the band’s guitarist, acclaimed for his virtuosity in both delivering screaming electric solos and deeply textured acoustic orchestrations. Ken Archer, Mark’s long-time friend and collaborator, is a keyboard wizard. In addition to writing much of ATF’s instrumental work, he brings his own fiery techniques as a soloist and orchestrator to the mix. Jeff Brewer is a veteran performer and showman. His Rickenbacker bass lines cut through the sonic wall of ATF’s arrangements, bringing new intricacies to ATFs latest recordings, and energizing the live arrangements of the band’s entire catalogue. A powerful vocalist, Jeff’s harmonies float above Mark’s powerful melodies. Additionally, Jeff is a master percussionist – check out the percussion duos on “Came the Healer” and “The Living Drum”, or live renditions of the fusion tune “Machu Picchu”…! Rich Kornacki is a powerhouse performer, driving ATF’s rhythmic core. His energetic and innovative style adds the extra power that distinguishes ATF’s compositions with huge, dramatic impact.