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No Substitute


AFFAIR stands for melodic hardrock at it´s best: the outstanding voice of Peter De Wint and great songs from Bobby Altvater. Still supplying their fans with the typical kind of rock, AFFAIR took a different road on this 2nd CD, more contemporary and rough
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  Song Share Time Download
1. No Substitute
4:27 $0.99
2. Get Going
5:02 $0.99
3. Inside Out
6:53 $0.99
4. Return Forever
3:25 $0.99
5. Life On A Wire
4:17 $0.99
6. Magic Radio
4:14 $0.99
7. Game Of Love
4:33 $0.99
8. Keep Me Alive
5:09 $0.99
9. Back In The Race
4:37 $0.99
10. Fire Still Burning
5:27 $0.99
11. Why, Why
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AFFAIR actually exists since 1987. Having played numerous live-shows the band became local heroes. Until 1992, after different line-up changes AFFAIR supported acts like GOTTHARD, F.M. and MOTHER’S FINEST on their tours through Germany. At that time the first album "Face To Face" was almost finished, when the original lead singer had to quit the band. It took 3 more years til early 1995 guitarist / producer Bobby Altvater got to know the outstanding voice of Peter De Wint from Antwerp/Belgium. Peter used to sing in groups like OSTROGOTH and MYSTERY, which are well known for their smashing albums all over Europe and Japan. Besides his brilliant voice and his perfect live performance, Peter is known to be the perfect sound-tech and producer for acts like TERRA NOVA, VENGEANCE, HAREM SCAREM, GLENN HUGHES and WASP.

Finally, "Face To Face" was released in 1997 by Altvater’s label Sky Productions. With the first demo mixes of the album the band was signed right away from the japanese major label Avex. In October ´97 the debut album "Face To Face" was released in Japan. A few weeks later the cd went into stores allover Europe as well thru Bobby Altvater´s label Sky Productions. In 1999 the band started to work for the new songs in the actual line-up. In october 2000 Bobby Altvater took up the production for the new album, which was exclusively produced at Sky Studios, Munich. Bobby started out with his first band BAD EDEN in 1980. Since 1988 he owns the recording facility Sky Studio in Munich, where he produced more than 100 rock-albums for bands like AVALON, BOICE VOICE, BONFIRE, FRONTLINE, HOTWIRE, RAILWAY, SABU, ZAR and of course AFFAIR! In 1991 Bobby also worked with HAROLD FALTERMEYER and CHRIS THOMPSON. In the 90’ies acts like RUSS BALLARD, KIP WINGER, JOE LYNN TURNER and ALVIN LEE relied on his abilities behind the engineer´s and producer´s desk. The cd is released october 23rd 2002 in Japan on Marquee/Avalon-Label and a week later, the 28th october in Europe through Major MTM Music. The NEW line-up of AFFAIR is completed with musicians from BONFIRE and SERUM.


Vocals: Peter De Wint (Mystery, Ostrogoth, Peter Quin)
comes from Antwerp/Belgium. Used to sing in groups like Ostrogoth and Mystery, well known all over Europe and Japan for their smashing albums. Besides his brilliant voice, Peter is known to be the perfect frontman for a live concert. Besides being singer Peter works as sound-tech and producer for acts like Terra Nova, Vengeance, Harem Scarem and Glen Hughes / Joe Linn Turner Project.

Guitars and Vocals: Bobby Altvater (Bad Eden)
started out with his first band Bad Eden in 1980. Besides Affair he played in the 80´ies shows for Lovetrick (tour with Axxis) and Helter Skelter. Since 1988 Bobby owns the recording facility Sky Studio in Munich, where he produced more than 100 rock-albums for bands like Avalon, Boice Voice, Bonfire, Frontline, Hammerschmitt, Hotwire, Railway, Sabu and Zar. In 1991 Bobby worked with Harold Faltermeyer and Chris Thompson. In the 90´ies acts like Russ Ballard, Kip Winger, Joe Lynn Turner relied on his abilities behind the engineer´s and producer´s desk.

Bass: Uwe Köhler (Bonfire, Big Apple)
recorded two albums with his first group Black Tears between 1982 and 1986. After moving to Munich in 1987 he founded Paradise Leaf and Big Apple, which released their debut "Rock Area" in Europe and Japan in 1994. Since 1996 Uwe also plays and tours with bavarian rockers Bonfire.

Drums: Michael Schwager (M.T. Eyes, Punchline)
is a highly rated studio- and live-drummer in the german music scene. Michi plays drums since 1980 and soon worked for groups like Mike Linney, M.T.Eyes and Sabu. In Munich Michi ownes a music-school, is always involved in different studio projects and plays aroung 300 gigs a year.

Keyboards: Thomas Streck (Serum)
is founding member of Serum, which made their debut-album 2001. He played live and in studio for well-known names like Sieges Even, Eternal Flame



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Bobby Altvater

Hi there ! This is me: Bobby Altvater, leader and producer of the band AFFAIR. I wanted to let you guys know, what the international press said about our album "No Substitute". I´ll give you ALL reviews, not only the nice ones, so you can make your own picture. Here´s the truth:

Brian McGowan´s Review for Fireworx Magazine :

Like most musicians nowadays, both Bobby Altvater (guitars, production, writing) and Peter DeWint (vocals, writing) have to look outside the band situation to make ends meet. Altvater owns his own recording studio in Munich, where he has produced Bonfire, Frontline and Russ Ballard among others, and DeWint doubles as sound man for Glenn Hughes and Harem Scarem. The relevance of these facts is immediately apparent from the first track, a splendid slab of pumping, high octane melodic rock that gives the album its title. It´s a densely constructed piece, but the knife edged sonics are clear and crisp, adding a depth to the production that suggests Bill Gates had a hand in the funding. The band doesn´t stray too far outside their self imposed musical boundaries. Altvater´s guitar, occasionally frantic, seldom subdued, and never less than passionate is always well up in the mix, competing with DeWint´s powerful vocals for centre stage. In fact, in this age of pigeonholes and lazy comparisons, when the sheer intensity of Affair´s performance is coupled to the lush, three dimensional mix achieved by Altvater, especially on tracks like "Get Going" and "Return Forever", the music could easily be branded as Power Metal ...

Nicky Baldrian for AOR-Dreamzones :
At long last here comes the long awated second Affair album. My god we've been waiting five years for this baby, even Def Leppard don't take this long to release product these days. But the new album is an interesting little find and if you loved the debut "Face To Face" then you will dig this one too. Check out the excellent 'No Substitute', this is cool driving melodic rock a'la Gotthard, Axel Rudi Pell, PC 69 and Dokken, most of the album continues in this style, it's defintley more melodic than the debut and there are more guitars riffing through out the album. The production by guitarist Bobby Altvater is pretty nice but isn't as good as the debut album as the production on that record was a lot better. However the album offers plenty of melody and punch, non more so than on track three 'Inside Out' which is a soother melodic tune which reminds me of Gotthard, but it's the rockers that captivate this time around, with the best being the ever so addictive 'Back In The Race' which could have come right off Bonfire's 'Fuel For The Flames' album. Check out 'Game Of Love', 'Return Forever', 'Life On A Wire', (like Dokken / PC 69) and the awesome 'Magic Radio'. This song just rips and has a really memorable chorus to sing along to and sits alongside Bonfire and Casanova as does the equally impressive 'Keep Me Alive' and 'Why, Why', whilst 'Fire Still Burning' is the obligatory ballad and it's pretty decent one to boot and reminds me of Terra Nova and Emerald Rain. So for anyone who loves guitar driven melodic hard rock then pick this album up, it's great.

Urban "Wally" Wallstrom for :

The story of Affair began in Munich/Germany 1987 when original guitarist Bobby Alvater formed the band ... Belgian power vocalist Peter De Wint (ex. Crossfire, Ostrogoth, Mystery) sang on the debut. Another five years down the road and both De Wint & Altvater now return with the album "No Substitute" ... This CD is of course recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Altvater at the Sky Studios. There's no substitute for rock'n'roll though and older fans of the band will surely recognize the sound from the debut album. "No Substitute" is a bit rougher in places though and it's sometimes very much in the Pretty Maids tradition. If you've never heard about Affair before, you could say they work in the similar style as Roko, Pink Cream 69 and the Maids. In other words, very powerful Melodic Hardrock with lots of excellent guitar work and hard hitting melodies. Highlights are opener "No Substitute", the lovely "Inside Out" with a great chorus. The glamour of "Magic Radio" with a upbeat tempo and party mood a-la US Glam meets German Hardrock. "Game Of Love" is a killer with a leathal hook and chorus. Actually, what they lack in hooks in a couple of places, they make up with overall really solid material and great performances by all musicians involved. Add that De Wint is a very underrated vocalist and Altvater the same, only guitarist and you're in for a treat here. The bottomline, "No Substitute" is a CD that will not disappoint many fans of German Hardrock. Even if it's not quite the album of the year either!!!

Marco Späth for (Rating: 83 % Production: 89 % Presentation: 86 %) :

Summary: Five years after their acclaimed debut "Face To Face" AFFAIR finally present their second album. In comparison with their first effort, the new effort is a little harder and more guitar driven. In my opinion, AFFAIR 2002 sound like a mixture of PRETTY MAIDS, SWEDISH EROTICA at the times of "Blindman's Justice", late TREAT and early FAIR WARNING. In particular Peter De Wint's (ex-MYSTERY) voice sounds very similar to the one of Tommy Heart. Admittedly, it takes a couple of listens till you get used to the band's "new", harder edged sound but after four or five attempts most of the songs will grab you.
Recommended: "Get Going": An energetic mid-tempo rocker with heavy riffing, cleverly added acoustic guitars, and a memorable chorus. "Inside Out": My personal favorite on "No Substitute". A detailed, fully arranged number with a hymn-like chorus. It's one of these songs that take some time till it comes to full shine. "Game Of Love": A classic and highly melodic rocker. The unobtrusively instrumented verses are nothing special, but the chorus really ignites and features a great hookline.

Ralf Fahrig for (Songs: 8/10 - Sound: 9/10) :

Once in a while the hard working german producer Bobby Altvater takes a break from his "day time job" in order to work on songs for his very own band AFFAIR. Four years ago the first album by this german dutch collaboration was released to critical acclaim. Traditional melodic hardrock with a european flavour was the order of the day. Compared to new stuff on "No Substitute" however the old songs almost sound pale somewhat. This is mainly due to Mr. Altvater's massive production which combines cool modern sound elements with a straight forward hardrock style. This interesting sound suits the again well written songs like a glove. Also the addition of bass player Uwe Köhler and drummer Michi Schwager seemed to be a good move as you can easily hear this is a real band effort and not only another project. There's not one weak track on offer here and it's hard to pick favourites. "Get Going" and "Inside Out" perfectly mix Bobby Altvater's heavy riffing with memorable hooks and also the stomping midtempo-rocker "Life On A Wire" convinces with lots of attitude. The following track "Magic Radio" with its seducing chorus is an instant winner and one of the best songs on the album. Backed with another great melodic chorus follows "Game Of Love" while "Keep Me Alive" plays with interesting harmony changes and adds some cool keyboard touches to the heavy riffing. "Back In The Race" is okay but could use a stronger chorus and therefore falls a bit short compared to its predecessors. This is no problem however as the atmospheric semi ballad "Fire Still Burning" completely makes up for this with another strong hook and cool keyboard lines. Even the closing rocker "Why Why Why" holds up the high standard and proves again that shouter Peter De Wint (Mystery) is still in fine form. It really seems to be difficult task to find a subsitute for this fantastic album. The album rocks on a very high level from beginning to end and the monster production with the inclusion of some weird synthie effects here and there help to keep the interest high throughout all eleven songs. One of the best euro hardrock releases of 2002!