Jacob Tyler Wright - Viathyn
In the shadows of our wake, this past October, Calgary's ageless strangers - Viathyn - unleashed their sophomore gathering of souls: 'Cynosure'. The attitude of this Power Metal canvas paints a picturesque lattitude; a didactic guide for overcoming the lassitude of countless discordant aeons. Each song ignites a spark of energetic empathy, owing to its revered musicianship, enthralling lyrical diatribes, and precise vocal verisimilitude. All this allows for the listener to peregrinate through the aethers and discover his own true mettle.
I had the honor to speak with main song writer, and lyricist, the man of antiquity and geology: Jacob Tyler Wright all about the concept behind the album, the songs themselves, how the band came together, and other poignant art and facts of the petrichor and black reign. It is only a matter of time, before the music of Viathyn takes us all under her storm spell, casting us out three sheets to the wind.
MettleAngel: Hey Brother, I have really been enjoying 'Cynosure'. The musicianship is so professional, and the production values are top-notch for an independent release. I often listen to it when I sleep, and it helps me relax. When I play the CD with the lyrics, I instantly celebrate the vignettes, the mettle mythopoeia, and the clever concept over all. It is my understanding that a cynosure is a person or thing which finds itself to be the center of attention and focus.
MettleAngel: Oh, so you mean like a cenacle of like-minded individual gathered for a noble cause?
MettleAngel: Then perhaps it is more like South Park and "The Super Best Friends"?
MettleAngel: I agree with that. It reminds me of what the late George Carlin used to discuss in his stand-up act about our wanting to save Mother Earth, but allowing our egos to control our motives. After all it is: "All Bullshit folks, and it is all Bad for you!"
MettleAngel: Wow, how cool is that, a metal head who works with the earth's precious metals!
MettleAngel: Well, you sure are quite an accomplished musician. Your guitar playing is exceptional and so magniloquent and mellifluent. Throughout the album, there are some keyboard elements surfacing, but no one of the four members is officially listed as being a keyboardist. Are the majority of the keyboard arrangements therefore performed by you?
MettleAngel: Come to think of it, I did notice the quote on the back of the very colorful and highly detailed booklet which states that all noise effects and keyboard arrangements were haphazzardly thrown together by Dave, Tomislav, and yourself. Do you also have a hand in writing the lyrics?
MettleAngel: Damn, well you sure wrote and manifested an awesome album then!
MettleAngel: I really want to hear that debut on CD, I have heard and read very favorable things about it.
MettleAngel: What about "Three Sheets To The Wind"? Hearing this I am reminded of Running Wild anthems, Maiden's "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner", Alestorm, and other seafaring shantees.
MettleAngel: My step-father used to coin that phrase when he would refer to being inebriated so I instantly understood the reference and inference. I am also moved by the music and melodies of "Edward Mordrake". Have you ever seen the "Tales From The Crypt" Episode called "About Face" from the final Seventh Season. It was the tenth episode, when they moved the franchise to the UK. It dealt with women, but it was the same concept as the legendary Edward Mordrake, who supposedly was born with two faces.
MettleAngel: Perhaps, this is where the term "two-faced" originated? I also detected a slight Edward Grieg "Hall Of The Mountain King" guitar riff in the musical notes of "The Coachman".
MettleAngel: You can always emphasize the "Wall Of Sound". This is what bands like Maiden, Sinner, Leatherwolf, and other acts who employ three guitarists do? Are you yourself classically trained?
MettleAngel: So what made you want to write and play Metal?
MettleAngel: When I listen critically to the band, I definitely hear the Folk inclinations of the dynamic Danish act known as Wuthering Heights.
MettleAngel: That was the album that had the instrumental "Bad Hobbits Die Hard". When I listen to the album, I also hear a propensity for Nostradameus - 'The Third Prophecy', Steel Attack - 'Predator Of The Empire', and a slight proclivity towards Angra - 'Rebirth' and 'Temple Of Shadows'.
MettleAngel: I also detect that late 90's Stratovarius, Gamma Ray, Celesty, Nightwish, and Bodom sound echoing. Are you or your other guitarist and vocalist Tomislav Crnkovic at all influenced by Into Eternity? When I play the CD I hear certain growls here and there, similar to releases such as 'Buried In Oblivion' or 'The Scattering Of Ashes'.
MettleAngel: I may have heard them? I was not aware that Into Eternity even had a female vocalist to replace Stu when he left to join Iced Earth. I aslo did not know that Matt Cuthbertson from Untimely Demise was playing with them. I am excited to hear what new music they plan to fashion.
MettleAngel: I first met him when Tim "Ripper" Owens was fronting Iced Earth, when they were the openers for the tour with Evergrey. I saw them several times thereafter. I always appreciated Tim's guitar style as well.
MettleAngel: It is my understanding that you coined the name Viathyn, as a play on the Leviathan.
MettleAngel: I agree, it serves its purpose and almost feels like a real name when it rolls off the tongue; it is pithy, clever, and incisive.
MettleAngel: I bet, I have that advantage with the band with whom I work called The Porridgeface, as well. Brother, thank you so much for your time, and for creating a truly exilerating album,
MettleAngel: Honestly, it is truly my pleasure to promote and honor such exceptional talent. So many bands get such exposure that really, in my opinion, are just not too talented. When I hear Viathyn, I am truly celebrating the moribund dance of eternity.