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 has been out for only slightly over a month, but rest assured, it is not the only work that will see release during 2020. Keep an eye on this site in the coming weeks.
A couple points of clarification:
- Physical printing of Verity or any other album is unlikely any time soon. It essentially comes down to financial reasons. Having physical CDs made to the desired specifications is expensive. However, I would still like for this to happen at some point given the right circumstances.
- I’ve decided that there will be no orchestral/synth-only version of Verity as I suggested there could possibly be prior to release, the main reason being that the songs do not hold up well when half of the instrumental layers are stripped out, and would require serious alterations in order to work as alternate versions. At some point, the song integrity suffers as a result. I also want to keep Akyrviron a hybrid of metal and atmospheric/symphonic music, rather than splitting the focus.
Thanks to everyone who has listened to Verity so far! If you wish to support this project, Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share today, meaning 100% of sales will go to Akyrviron if you decide to purchase anything.
Verity is now available on both Apple Music and Spotify. More outlets to come soon.
Here’s a fan upload of Verity on YouTube! Thanks to everyone who’s listened to it so far.