November 1, 2020.
The Equanimity remake will most likely be released sometime in the mid-fall season. The whole process has gone very smoothly so far. Only bass remains to be recorded for the songs, then the mixing process will begin.
It should be mentioned that this is not by any means a replacement for the original Equanimity release made last year. It’s rather a re-imagining of the material done in the style of Verity.
For now, this is the only release that will receive this treatment, due to the aforementioned stylistic similarities between the two EPs. Older albums – or rather, all material prior to 2019 – most likely won’t be undergoing the same process. Recreating something further into the past can be difficult and often has mixed results, since one has to mentally place themselves into the same mindset at the time in order to create something authentic.
After this release, both eyes will be firmly focused on the future, into a new era of atmospheric-zen-symphonic metal.
Three songs are already in various stages of development for the next Akyrviron release. Before then, however, the Equanimity remake will be coming later this year, possibly along with another side-release of sorts if I deem it worth working on.
Otherwise, I hope everyone is staying sane during these trying times.
I’m pleased to announce that a fully remade version of Equanimity (2019) will be released later this year. The sonic standards have increased, and the overall soundscape has been altered with additional synthesizer and orchestral textures to more closely align with the modern Akyrviron sound. Guitars and bass have also been fully re-recorded. Since the songs for Equanimity and Verity were both written within a short timespan of one another and are stylistically similar, this EP was the logical choice for this endeavor.
Some have probably noticed by this point that Verity isn’t really a power metal album. In my mind, it certainly isn’t; when I think of power metal, I think of speed, and that was the last thing on my mind as I composed the songs for Verity.
I won’t declare the power metal era to be over entirely, but it is safe to say that I feel the slower and more “zen” pace fits the overall themes I seek more accurately. The trend will likely continue on future work.
Akyrviron will always be some within some genre of metal; the guitars will always be there, and I have no interest in writing purely orchestral or synth/electronic music for it. All of those elements are at their best when combined with one another, in my opinion. I simply felt the pacing was often at odds with the atmosphere of the music.
Verity playlist on YouTube.