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Montreal, QC – October 15, 2014


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KARKAOS Announce New Lead Vocalist Viky Boyer; Post Song Teaser ‘Leap of Faith’

After parting ways with former vocalist Veronica O. Rodriquez plus two releases under their belt, 2014’s ‘Empire and 2011’s ‘In Burning Skies’, Montreal, QC extreme melodic metal band KARKAOS are proud to announce their return to the scene with new vocalist Viky Boyer.

The band comments:

“Today we welcome Viky Boyer to the Karkaos family. Her passion and dedication inspired us and her voice opened gateways to bigger and better things to come. We are honored to henceforth share the stage with this talented musician, exceptional singer and all-around amazing person. More importantly we are excited to unleash this beast of a front woman and show you all what a new Karkaos is all about! Be sure to come out on November 28th in Montreal at Petit Cafe Campus to give a warm welcome to Viky, enjoy a killer show and share a few drinks to celebrate this new and exciting chapter in the Karkaos history.”

New vocalist Viky Boyer also comments:

“It’s an honor for me to play with such talented musicians. I’ve known Karkaos for awhile now; I’ve always appreciated their music, so I knew I had to give it a shot when I got the opportunity! Lots of stuff to come. We already started to write new material, and I feel like I’m right where I belong.”

The band has also posted a teaser for their upcoming re-recorded track with Boyer ‘Leap of Faith’ off the band’s latest album ‘Empire’. The track will be released on Monday, October 20th for fans to enjoy!

Leap of Faith’ Song Teaser – 

Show Dates:

November 28 – Montreal, QC – Petit Cafe Campus w/ Märchenbilder, Instanzia and At Dawn’s Edge. For tickets and show info, please visit here.

  1. Ode to La Resistance (1:26)
  2. Leap of Faith (4:17)
  3. Depths of Madness (4:40)
  4. The Condemned (4:32)
  5. Echoes of Perpetuity (3:55)
  6. Blood, Sweat and Tears (4:36)
  7. Dusk (1:01)
  8. Fallen Empire (3:18)
  9. Awaiting The Clock’s Last Turn (5:30)
  10. Eden (8:16)

Album Length: 41:38


Founded in 2009, Karkaos has evolved into one of the most reputable and celebrated metal acts hailing from Montreal, QC. Melodic yet heavy, this female-fronted band succeeds in targeting an immensely wide audience thus establishing a vast following within just a few short years. With Veronica O. Rodriguez as their former charismatic singer and front woman, the band released their first E.P. entitled “In Burning Skies” in 2011 closely followed by a professionally shot music video and a live appearance on Montreal’s prestigious music television station “Musique Plus”.

Following a great reception and positive reviews, the band was invited to participate in local competitions and perform with international acts such as Into Eternity, Enslaved, UneXpect and Unleash the Archers. Growing exponentially, the band enlists new veteran members of the local music scene before returning to the studio to record their debut full-length album called “Empire”. With a new solid line-up, the band released the music video for “Depths of Madness” in December 2013 and their debut album in March 2014 to critical acclaim.

Forever evolving, Karkaos parted ways with their dedicated singer Veronica, moving into a more focused and professional direction by recruiting Viky Boyer, a young talented extreme vocalist and musician. With Viky at the helm, Karkaos is ready to embark on new ventures, always pushing forward the boundaries of extreme melodic metal.

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“I would recommend this album to every Melodic Death fan and fans of war and kingdom themed albums.”  9/10   Metal Temple

“Empire is a diverse, energetic listen that I would recommend to just about anyone that enjoys metal music.”  9/10 Epic Music Review

“«Empire» est un album qui m’a particulièrement plu et étonné. Autant par sa qualité sonore que par la complexité des pièces et des arrangements musicaux.”  8.5/10 Daily Rock

“Plus d’une fois les poils sur ma nuque se sont dressés lors de mes nombreuses écoutes de leur excellent album”  8.5/10   – Ondes Chocs

“Ce mélange de death, assez technique soutenu par une orchestration sans faille. La production est nickel et la qualité des musiciens est exemplaire.”  9/10   – Muzik Injection

“One of the most surprising breakout releases of the year, “In Burning Skies” is a powerhouse of a release from the new Canadian act Karkaos that goes on a whirlwind tour of all things metal.” 4/5 – Metal Underground

“In Burning Skies » est un coup de maître, un de ceux qui vous redonnent foi en un genre affaibli.”- Metal Ship

“The Tempest”, is simply a brilliant song that showcases the full potential of the band” – Blackwind Metal

“Karkaos a réussi à rallumer chez moi quelque chose que j’avais cru mort lorsque j’ai vu In Flames se convertir en Screamo/Emo/Dubstep.” – Musik Universe

“…d’une qualité irréprochable ainsi qu’incroyablement diversifiée.” – Musique d’une Nation


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Toronto Alt-Metallers BLIND RACE Offer FREE Download ‘Come And Get It’ On PureGrainAudio + Indie Week Performance At Cherry Cola Oct.16th

Toronto, ON alternative metal band BLIND RACE is offering fans a FREE download of their title track from their upcoming EP ‘Come And Get It’ exclusively on PureGrainAudio.comhere. The EP is due out on November 18, 2014 and was produced by Mike Langford whom has worked with upcoming and established artists such as Evans Blue, Parabelle, Charlie Hope, Rains, Hawksley Workman, Sloan, Ian Thornley (Big Wreck), Jeff Martin (Tea Party), Crash Karma, Art Of Dying, Rex Goudie, and Tupelo Honey plus was mastered by Chris Crerar at Toronto’s fame Metalwork Studios. The powerful, heavy, dark yet bright, five track record is inspired by the many facets of life itself with song titles such as Hypocrite, title track Come And Get It, Truth or Dare, Hopeless and Gone.

“You can be up or down, but no matter what you have to keep fighting and moving on. When someone wants to take everything away from you, they can come and get it, but that doesn’t mean they will succeed.” comments drummer Stelios Kentros.

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In additional news, BLIND RACE will be performing at this year’s Indie Week Fest in Toronto, ON on October 16th at Cherry Cola’s. For more info and tickets, please visit the following link here.

Upcoming Show Dates:

October 16 – Toronto, ON – Cherry Cola (Indie Week)
October 31 – Toronto, ON – Rivoli – EP Release Party on Halloween night

Track Listing: Blind Race – Come And Get It

  1. Hypocrite (3:31)
  2. Come And Get It (3:32)
  3. Hopeless (3:18)
  4. Truth Or Dare (4:38)
  5. Gone (1:41)

EP Length: 16:32


What started as two brothers and their best friend getting together for some freestyle jams and demo recordings in 2005 soon evolved into enough written material for two EPs and the birth of a new full-blown band, Blind Race, in 2007.

Drawing inspiration from their love of fast cars and the intrigue of driving them blind, as well as modern-day racial issues and the idea that we are all the same, the award nominated (Toronto Independent Music Awards: Best Live Metal Act Nomination (2012), Best Metal Act Nomination (2010)), Blind Race arrived at a name packed with meaning to match its melting pot sound.

Putting emphasis on musical identity and creativity, the then Toronto four-piece released Seeing Red in 2008, unleashed Lost in 2012 and grew to a five piece that is now ready to unveil its third EP, Come and Get It.

Going back to raw, air thrusting, 7-string powered tracks such as “Come and Get It” and “Hypocrite” to eastern influenced charismatic progressions in “Truth or Dare” and Latin derived contrasts of “Hopeless”, this EP is just the tip of the iceberg, which is the diverse style of Blind Race. All the music in this EP was written using a very simple philosophy by guitar player Costas Kentros. Just play what you feel. “With the initial riff of each song, the gates just opened and the music flowed out and created a statement for each song.  From love to hate, to truth or dare, standing your ground and those times when you just want to kill the pain with a bottle of Jack.  These songs cover our most common situations and emotions.” says Kentros.

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“Blind Race blast out sustain driven and acoustically inspired slabs of no nonsense rock, heavily influenced by 90’s masters but embed with a new energy that make them deserving of a massive following”  – Spenny Bullen

“a great connection with the audience at the Velvet Underground. The crowd got really engaged in the concert when Blind Race played their metal cover version of Elvis Presley’s ”Hound Dog;” a fine version spiced up with a little bit of heavy guitar and double pedal bass drums.” – Toronto Metal Music Examiner (Live Review)

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By: Jordyn Meade-Baxter

Album – Cynosure
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Release Date – October 7, 2014
Genre – Progressive Power Metal

Calgary metal band, VIATHYN, released their album Cynosure today. The band is made up of Tomislav Crnkovic on vocals and guitar, Jacob Wright on the lead guitar, Dave Crnkovic playing the drums and Alex Kot on the bass. I was lucky to get an advanced listen to share my opinion with you all.

This album is said to be a journey, and what a journey it is! You can really feel like you’re in an adventure movie with the soundtrack as the lyrics tell the plot. A unique thing I find about this album is that every song is really long. And I don’t mean long as in a long listen where you get bored. None of the songs are shorter than 5 minutes but it doesn’t feel like…

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Montreal, QC – October 7, 2014

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Out Now! Prog Power Metal VIATHYN New Album ‘Cynosure’

Track Listing: Viathyn – Cynosure

1. Ageless Stranger – 7:13

2. The Coachman – 5:41

3. Edward Mordrake – 6:24

4. Shadows In Our Wake – 7:02

5. Countess of Discordia – 7:12

6. Time Will Take Us All – 7:01

7. Three Sheets To The Wind – 7:21

8. Albedo – 6:48

9. Cynosure – 9:35

Total Length: 01:04:20

      Calgary, AB progressive power metal quartet VIATHYN is proud to unleash their new album ‘Cynosure’, officially out today, October 7th. Producedby VIATHYN’s Tomislav Crnkovic plus mixed and mastered by Sacha Laskow (Divinity, Every Hour Kills), ‘Cynosure’ features nine epic assaulting tracks with intense guitar shredding and infectious chants that blend prog thrash, melo-death and power metal influences. With VIATHYN‘s 2010 ‘The Peregrine Way’ debut album praised for its innovative song-writing and fresh comparison to today’s power metal, it was only a matter of time for guitarist Jacob Wright to launch into song-writing mode and compose a majority of the material that would be recorded for this second full-length. Even through hindrances such as studio closings, computer crashes, losing a jam space, and a flood, VIATHYN was able to record their second album between August 2012 and February 2014. With the addition of 7-string guitars, some growl vocals, and an evolving influence, Cynosure’s songs are faster, more technical, and heavier, while maintaining a constant melodic and progressive presence ready to be unleashed upon the world.

“After 4 long years, thousands of man-hours, and more than a couple cases of beer, Cynosure is finally here! The entire process was an adventure, but we’re extremely proud of the end result. Hopefully the fact that the album is so dense and busy can buy us some time to try and top it with album 3!! Thanks to everyone that helped make this happen.” comments guitarist Jacob Wright.

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Upcoming Show Dates:

December 5 – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub w/ Dark Forest and Scythia.

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A chance encounter at a local record store in Calgary, Alberta between guitarist Jacob Wright, who was just looking for work, and vocalist Tomislav Crnkovic, who happened to be an employee of said shop, resulted in a friendship that gradually led to the creation of progressive power metal outfit Viathyn in 2006 with a solidified live and recording line up in 2009.

Playing off the word ‘Leviathan’, the guys settled on ‘Viathyn’, which has no actual definition in the English language, but when referring to the band can be taken to mean ‘progressive, melodic, grandiose, innovative and emotional’.

Forgoing the strict rules and structure common to the genre, the four-piece is known for its ability to write songs that grow and progress naturally and shift tone unapologetically without falling victim to common tropes. Building on their first full-length album, 2010’s The Peregrine Way, Viathyn is now gearing up to unveil its second record, Cynosure produced by vocalist/guitarist Tomislav Crnkovic plus mixed and mastered by Sacha Laskow (Divinity, Every Hour Kills).

“The literal definition of ‘cynosure’ is a focal point or an object that serves to guide,” explains Wright. “Each track focuses upon a character that is either affected by or acts as an agent of chaos and the message we wanted to express is how small and insignificant our actions and petty squabbles are within the grand scale of the universe. It’s kind of a backwards way of trying to show that we as humans should be humble and respectful to each other!”

Cynosure promises to be faster, more technical and heavier than its predecessor while maintaining a constant melodic and progressive presence – can you handle it?

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“A pristine production and moody artwork round off a phenomenal album that takes the best of prog and power metal, adds some celtic influence, and an outstanding feeling for flow, dynamics and melodies that catapults both Viathyn and Cynosure into the uppermost echelons of the genre. At times reminding me of Danish masters Wuthering Heights, the Calgarians are putting bar high and any fan of prog power!” – Metal Observer

“An exploration of disillusion, discord, affliction, enlightenment, and grandeur as seen through nine different storytellers, Viathyn live for a more European-oriented montage of neo-classical runs, twin guitar harmonies, double bass fury, and the occasional mid-tempo transition that can be highly folk or Celtic influenced…Cynosure is proof again that our neighbors to the north can rival the best European acts going in this faithful, happy sub-genre.” – Dead Rhetoric

“From the galloping opener “Ageless Stranger” to the long, swirling, fist-pumping closer “Cynosure”, this album has everything a fan of power metal could want. Guitar solos to die for, pounding rhythm, riffs that stick in your head for days, and a vocalist that impresses you with every song. It is simply an awe inspiring album, on several levels of musicianship, storytelling, and even visually with artwork that is absolutely beautiful.” – Crown of Viserys

“An atmospheric metal album with grand vocal work and guitar structure.” – Headbang or GFTO

“Cynosure is an album with plenty to offer fans of the Progressive Power Metal sound, as VIATHYN have a great talent for making melodies and their songwriting abilities have enabled them to make an album full of long songs without getting boring.” – Metal Temple

“the songwriting is masterful and the songs are tight and fun” – The Blood Shed

“VIATHYN play majestic epic progressive power metal, with a tinge of folk metal, prog rock and with a slight sprinkling of thrash added to the mix for good measure” – All About The Rock

“Second on the album is “The Coachman”, which was released a few weeks ago. Hands down, my favorite song on this album. I always love a band that has a story-line within the song, and even from the start the lyrics are superb. Vocalist Tomislav Crnkovic has one of the smoothest and grooviest melodic lines I have heard from a Canadian band, he’s got the highs that can scare a cat – and he’s got a metal as fuck name.” – Morning Metal – CKCU 93.1 FM (Ottawa)

“Viathyn executes each song perfectly, on game and completely in your face. The production quality on this album is excellent, which I believe was done at Perfect Fifth Studios – one of Calgary’s premier metal recording studios…The songwriting on this album, especially this track (Cynosure), proves that this band pays attention to what they’re doing and how well they want to the overall vibe to leave on you.” – Ottawa Showbox

“Cynosure sees Viathyn move from a solid foundation to having released a mature batch of power metal songs that meet or exceed my (very high) expectations for front line power metal veterans like Labyrinth, Orden Ogan, and DGM. I give this album an extremely high recommendation to those that like heavy, fast power metal with extremely satisfying twists and quirks. The unparalleled lyricism: often dark, sometimes abstract, and always very vivid, is bound to appeal to progressive fans as well. You just can’t lose with this one.” – Black Wind Metal

“Viathyn advances the progressive elements of metal music gracefully articulating the acoustic canvas with intense rhythm, accentuated with electrical precision, weaving a spirited discography of ageless compositions.” – Metal Canvas – CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa)

“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.” – Explicitly Intense

“it becomes clear these are people who have not only mastered their instruments but also have a way above average sense of music.” – Lords of Metal

“Part of what makes “Cynosure” such an interesting listen is that it draws influence from a variety of sources.” – Skull Fracturing Metal