Biography

Akyrviron was created during the summer of 2010 by Kevin Partier as a solo project when plans for a full band never came to fruition. The project aims to embody themes of power and harmony in equal measure, with the energy of melodic metal moderated and contrasted by soundscapes of layered synthesizers, orchestral elements, and folk influences.

Instrumental music allows the listener to focus on the mental journeys generated purely through sound. Instrumental symphonic/power metal in particular is nearly unknown, but it is perhaps the most suitable musical conduit to express the ideals at the core of this project.

Akyrviron grows alongside me as a person. Thus, newer songs may be stylistically different from their predecessors, but will retain the fundamentals and overall vision to the best of my ability.

The purpose behind the music is to inspire mental and spiritual strength, grounding, and equanimity. I aim to make it an antidote to the chaotic realities of existence we are often mired in.

Akyrviron (ack-eer-ver-on, although pronunciation doesn’t matter) is an entirely fictional name that came about from my interest in fantasy RPG games.

Equipment (updated December 2018)

This is the complete list of equipment and software that is currently utilized to make the music for Akyrviron.  Some items that are no longer used have been omitted.

Guitars/Amps

  • Ibanez GAX70, tuned E standard (string gauge .046, .036, .026, .017, .013, .010)
  • ESP V-50, tuned Drop C (string gauge .056, .038, .028, .018, .014, .011)
  • ESP B-55 5-string bass, tuned B or C (string gauge .130, .100, .080, .065, .045)
  • Yamaha THR10X Amplifier

Keyboards

  • Korg M50-61 music workstation/synthesizer

Hardware

  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface
  • JBL 306P MKII studio monitors
  • Audio-Technica M50 headphones
  • Audio-Technica M40FS headphones
  • ART DTI Dual Transformer/Isolator (for noise reduction/isolation)

Software

  • REAPER 5.9 – Recording/production
  • Voxengo plugins – PrimeEQ equalizer, Elephant limiter
  • ValhallaDSP plugins – Vintage Verb reverb
  • DrumWerks acoustic drum samples