Set to unleash their new album ‘Cynosure’ on Tuesday, October 7th, Calgary, AB progressive power metal quartet VIATHYN has teamed up with Bravewords.com to exclusively premiere their latest track ‘The Coachman’ off the upcoming release at the following link: http://bravewords.com/exclusives/audios/player
“The Coachman is a fun mid-tempo track to bang your head to and sing along with. The track was recorded on 7-string guitars and switches back and forth from distorted to clean throughout the song. The chanting chorus creates a mead-hall vibe, and the up-tempo midsection has four trade-off guitar solos (including one from our bass player Alex… on guitar!). The song has a bit of a tribute to Edvard Grieg in the outro and also features the first instance of guest growl vocals on the album by Sean Jenkins of Calgary-based tech-death band Divinity. We packed lots of stuff into the 5:41 running time for you guys!” comments guitarist Jacob Wright.
Produced by VIATHYN’s Tomislav Crnkovic plus mixed and mastered by Sacha Laskow (Divinity, Every Hour Kills), ‘Cynosure’ features nine epic assaulting tracks with intense guitar shredding and infectious chants that blend prog thrash, melo-death and power metal influences. With VIATHYN’s 2010 ‘The Peregrine Way’ debut album praised for its innovative song-writing and fresh comparison to today’s power metal, it was only a matter of time for guitarist Jacob Wright to launch into song-writing mode and compose a majority of the material that would be recorded for this second full-length. Even through hindrances such as studio closings, computer crashes, losing a jam space, and a flood, VIATHYN was able to record their second album between August 2012 and February 2014. With the addition of 7-string guitars, some growl vocals, and an evolving influence, Cynosure’s songs are faster, more technical, and heavier, while maintaining a constant melodic and progressive presence ready to be unleashed upon the world.
Album Pre-Order: https://viathyn.bandcamp.com/album/cynosure
VIATHYN is also offering a Free Download of the first single released ‘Ageless Stranger’ at the following links:
As previously stated by guitarist Jacob Wright:
“We chose Ageless Stranger to be the opening track on our new album Cynosure because it is high energy and hard hitting. With a big chorus, relentless rhythms, and some fun shredding, we feel it is the appropriate introduction to the remaining hour of diverse musical moments you will hear on Cynosure. The lyrics are inspired by the malevolent Stephen King character Randall Flagg, who has appeared in multiple works by King such as The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, and The Dark Tower.”
Track Listing: Viathyn – Cynosure
1. Ageless Stranger – 7:13
2. The Coachman – 5:41
3. Edward Mordrake – 6:24
4. Shadows In Our Wake – 7:02
5. Countess of Discordia – 7:12
6. Time Will Take Us All – 7:01
7. Three Sheets To The Wind – 7:21
8. Albedo – 6:48
9. Cynosure – 9:35
Total Length: 01:04:20
Youtube Medley Stream
Soundcloud Medley Stream – http://soundcloud.com/viathyn/cynosure-medley/
Viathyn – Mini – Doc – The Making of Cynosure
A chance encounter at a local record store in Calgary, Alberta between guitarist Jacob Wright, who was just looking for work, and vocalist Tomislav Crnkovic, who happened to be an employee of said shop, resulted in a friendship that gradually led to the creation of progressive power metal outfit Viathyn in 2006 with a solidified live and recording line up in 2009.
Playing off the word ‘Leviathan’, the guys settled on ‘Viathyn’, which has no actual definition in the English language, but when referring to the band can be taken to mean ‘progressive, melodic, grandiose, innovative and emotional’.
Forgoing the strict rules and structure common to the genre, the four-piece is known for its ability to write songs that grow and progress naturally and shift tone unapologetically without falling victim to common tropes. Building on their first full-length album, 2010’s The Peregrine Way, Viathyn is now gearing up to unveil its second record, Cynosure produced by vocalist/guitarist Tomislav Crnkovic plus mixed and mastered by Sacha Laskow (Divinity, Every Hour Kills).
“The literal definition of ‘cynosure’ is a focal point or an object that serves to guide,” explains Wright. “Each track focuses upon a character that is either affected by or acts as an agent of chaos and the message we wanted to express is how small and insignificant our actions and petty squabbles are within the grand scale of the universe. It’s kind of a backwards way of trying to show that we as humans should be humble and respectful to each other!”
Cynosure promises to be faster, more technical and heavier than its predecessor while maintaining a constant melodic and progressive presence – can you handle it?
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