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. At it’s heart, it is an atmospheric symphonic/power metal project with a focus on soundscapes and harmony.

Akyrviron grows alongside me as a person. Thus, newer songs may be stylistically different from their predecessors, but will always retain the original core vision.

The music serves as a spiritual anchor for myself and a vessel for mental 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
  • Yamaha MG06 Mixer
  • 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