VIATHYN – Cynosure (CD)
Canada’s Viathyn play a hybrid of melodic, heavy progressive metal with hints of classical elements thrown in for good measure.
“Cynosure” is an amalgamation of all the best elements taken from progressive metal, heavy metal, classical influences within their guitar leads and playing. Their clean vocals, with the occasional rough vocals on few of the songs definitely brings out this quartet’s total musical essence on their newest CD “Cynosure”. There is not one dull moment on this grandiose produced album (it sounds very big in the production and mix), which feels like you’re experiencing this band in a live setting. They’re a four-piece group, but certainly sound like a ten member band, with their whole slew of playing styles and varied musical influences.
I love the fact, Viathyn surely know how to entertain by holding your attention from start to finish on this nine tracker. One thing is for certain, “Cynosure” is a great listen, but to truly experience it in all its progressive and melodic metal glory, it makes sense listening to it at least a good three to five times as there is so much happening here musically and vocally, and with time it makes digesting their music easy. One track to check out is the victorious-sounding “The Coachman” with its catchy choruses and semi-growl vocals along with the well executed classically influenced guitar riffs and leads. This track is one of my favorites here…
These dudes perform on the nine songs here, as if today is their last day on the earth, and the musicianship here speaks volumes of this great attitude. While listening to these guys, it is quite noticeable feeling this positive energy and attitude because they definitely know how to make you feel damn good inside.
Viathyn is sure to raise and liven your spirit with “Cynosure” and take you away to another world beyond your imagination. [Self-Released] Sarjoo Devani