Harmony’s Bastion is coming to iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and many other locations on November 30th.
Harmony’s Bastion is OUT NOW at akyrviron.bandcamp.com. I hope everyone enjoys the new music.
Harmony’s Bastion will be released one week from now on November 16th via Bandcamp, with other places like iTunes and Amazon to follow hopefully within a couple of weeks.
Welcome to the official Akyrviron website! All updates pertaining to the musical project will be posted here, along with additional information that won’t be found on normal social media.
The layout of the website will be purposely kept somewhat minimalistic to make it as simple as possible to navigate.
– Tracklisting –
1 – Utopia’s Beacon (2:24)
2 – Harmony Sanctum (7:26)
3 – Solar Regeneration (7:48)
4 – Sovereign Realm (6:06)
5 – Idyllic Path (6:32)
6 – Serenity’s Sun (7:35)
7 – Creation’s Storm (5:49)
8 – Sapphire Seas (7:35)
After nearly two years of work, the fourth Akyrviron album is complete. Originally targeted for an end-of-2015 release date, I realized that the end result would be much better if I didn’t set an arbitrary deadline. Ten months later and I think the album is about where it needs to be, although music is never really “finished” in the true sense of the term.
Without elaborating too much on every little difference from previous work, the album is compositionally similar to Dreamscape Requiem, but with an atmosphere somewhat reminiscent of Light of the Ages. There are two “speed” songs this time around (Solar Regeneration and Creation’s Storm).
The title of the album is somewhat inspired by both the sound of the music itself and my general observations on the state of our world. With Akyrviron songs I’ve always gone for a generally “uplifting” and “positive” sound, and this album continues that precedent. But more importantly, with all the strife and challenges we face on this planet, whether they are political, environmental, societal, or whatever else — we often wish there was more harmony and justice in the world, and I think it is in our best interest to move in a direction that fosters that. Akyrviron in general is basically my attempt to create music that represents a more harmonious and utopian existence in a power/symphonic metal format. It is not really about being “epic” or creating elaborate/complex instrumental arrangements; if anything, the music has always been somewhat on the simpler side when compared to other symphonic metal, but my hope is that this allows the atmosphere to take precedent over complexity.
The beautiful album artwork was created by Belén Morante and Wappenschmied. It represents the atmosphere and theme of the album wonderfully, and is a great piece of artwork in its own right.
The album will be released sometime in November via Bandcamp (unless there are technical problems), with other avenues like iTunes and Amazon to follow shortly after. There will be a preview with 30-second samples from each song uploaded in the near future.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you all enjoy the album when its out!
NEW ALBUM – DREAMSCAPE REQUIEM
1. Endless Horizon (2:47)
2. Infinity’s Shores (8:25)
3. Skies of Destiny (7:00)
4. Immortal Sun (7:25)
5. Azure Kingdom (6:13)
6. Diamond Waves (7:26)
7. Realm Beyond* (7:58)
8. Solace Everlasting (5:30)
After more than a year in production, the third Akyrviron album is finally ready for release.
Dreamscape Requiem represents a natural evolution and refinement of the music, being neither radically different nor completely stagnant. It is likely even more to the “positive/uplifting” end of the spectrum than previous material. The melodies are more varied, the arrangement of instruments is more refined, and the song structure is more dynamic and less repetitive, thus ultimately fitting the instrumental style of the music to a greater degree. Symphonic-only tracks are absent completely this time around as part of the “distillation” process, with all songs instead being more consistent in their style – done purposely to create a more coherent album.
All of the atmospheric, layered synthesizers make a return, with thicker and wider soundscapes made possible by improved mixing/engineering techniques. Akyrviron has never really been about guitar riffs, but the synths in this album are perhaps an even greater focus this time around. There are also piano solos on almost every track.
With that, I won’t provide any more description, as describing any music (especially your own) with words alone is very difficult and futile in some ways. While it may be a cliched statement, one simply has to hear the album and decide for themselves whether it is worthy of their time or not.
Dreamscape Requiem will be released sometime in November 2014, with the exact date coming soon.
*This song is a reworked version of the World Beyond single. This new version has some differing melodies and a few significant arrangement changes in order to fit better with the rest of the album. The single version, being fairly unique in its style and arrangement, will still be available for download, of course.
(for the speed maniacs, the fastest songs on the album are tracks 2, 5, and 7. 🙂 )