Light of Day
Seven souls in search of an exit...............from what, we don't know.
Aldenfield is a progressive rock band with musical roots planted from the 70’s to present day. It is the first and only personal collaboration of veteran keyboardist, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer, Howard Helm, and engineer, guitarist, vocalist and writer/producer Jim Morris. They worked together creating music for over 20 years at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, FL.
The Aldenfield CD cover features original early 1900's era, original sci-fi artwork by Sam Conable. Howard has had a passion for the vintage sci-fi stories and artwork since a child.
Howard Helm was born in Toronto, Canada where he graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano and composition. Howard’s musical training started on the piano at age 4. In the mid 70’s Howard co-founded CBS/Epic recording artists “Zon” which was a household name in Canada for many years playing with The Tubes, Styx, Foreigner, Triumph, Alice Cooper and finally headlining their own show in 1980 in Toronto drawing 20,000 people at The Forum at Ontario Place.
During the mid 80’s Howard toured and recorded with Chrysalis and Polygram artists “Refugee” which was a staple on MTV and the US and Canadian touring circuit at that time. Refugee was truly an international band playing throughout Canada and the U.S. and had the distinction of being the first rock band to play in Zimbabwe in Africa in 1986. The Canadian Music Channel "Much Music" did an hour long TV special on the tour.
In 1988 Howard joined British rock legends, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson of Mott the Hoople/David Bowie fame. A live album recorded in 1989 for the BBC at the Dominion Theater in London was one of the highlights of their first European tour. That CD was not made available in the US or Canada. Howard has played on stage with Brian May from Queen, Joe Elliot of Def Leppard, Axl Rose and Slash from Guns and Roses, Michael Schenker and Peter Criss from Kiss.
After Mick's unexpected passing in the early 90’s, Howard moved to Tampa, FL and met Jim Morris while working on a new album for Robbie Steinhardt of Kansas. Since that time he has worked as a session keyboardist/producer/arranger/conductor on hundreds of albums, including Iced Earth, Kamelot, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Steinhardt/Moon Project, Savatage and Jon Oliva’s Pain. While at Morrisound Howard met legendary professional wrestling manager, Jimmy Hart. Together they wrote over 250 themes for the WCW Wrestling Shows on Turner Television and Pay Per View. Howard recorded three albums and appeared live with the prog rock band Cryptic Vision in the 2000’s.
Howard continues to tour and record with various groups as keyboardist/vocalist having relocated again to the Pacific Northwest after Morrisound's sale to a private buyer in 2013.
Jim Morris cut his teeth on progressive rock in the underground 70's surge, drawing influence from artists like Yes, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Jeff Beck. After a stint on the road with a string of Florida bands as lead guitarist, he landed in the studio as a recording engineer and producer, at which time he co-founded the infamous Morrisound Recording Studios in Tampa with his brother, Tom, Pushing the melodic envelope on the heavier genres of music, Jim has since been instrumental in the inception of many innovative styles and techniques, engineering and/or producing bands such as Savatage, Iced Earth, Death, Warrant, Cannibal Corpse, Saigon Kick, Morbid Angel, and Crimson Glory.
Rounding out the lineup of Aldenfield is bassist Ruben Drake and drummer Mark Prator. Both are sought after stage/studio veterans and their playing styles made them both the first choice for rhythm section to round out Aldenfield’s sound.