VIATHYN

"Cynosure" (Self-prodcued; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Viathyn are progressive power metal: That's what I call 'The Trifecta." This is their second offering. These metal monsters hail from Calgary, Alberta Canada and, even though it may get colder up in the great white north compared to where I'm stationed in California, this band is cause for the snow melting because they are on fire!

Clean vocals, incredible guitar work and a musicianship that rivals most of the bands I absorb, I'd have to say that Viathyn are my new favorite band, not because they are the new kids on the block but when you hear something you know that is going to be around for many years to come you dig their gig and I can't wait to see where they are headed to next. I'm starting with their sophomore effort but I'll go back and dive into their first disc, entitled "The Peregrine Way," which burst onto the scene in 2010.

Fans of progressive music love the guitar that comes with the territory: awesome riffs, extended guitar runs, it's all part of the allure (at least it is for me). Now, take some power metal and sprinkle that into the batter, yeah, you've got some excellent music and when done up right like Viathyn do it, well, you might have to ask yourself, can I squeeze more Viathyn into my day. Yes, you can, and you should!

The drums that keep the music moving are akin to marching metal heads arriving at a show, and even though I don't compare bands because that's useless I do rank them and I'm putting Viathyn at the top of my list in terms of creativity and power. This was a great find and fans of progressive music and power metal will find something to fist-bump about when they hear Viathyn.

The band: Tomislav Crnkovic - Vocals, Guitar; Jacob Wright - Lead Guitar; Dave Crnkovic - Drums; Alex Kot - Bass.

Here's where to find them on the web: http://www.viathyn.com/ and http://www.reverbnation.com/viathyn and you can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VIATHYN.  

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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