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Montreal, QC – September 18, 2014

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Prog Power Metal VIATHYN Offer Free Download ‘The Coachman'; New Album ‘Cynosure’ Due Out October 7th

L-R: Alex Kot (Bass) | Jacob Wright (Guitar) | Tomislav Crnkovic (Vocals/Guitar) | Dave Crnkovic (Drums) – Photo Credit – Alexis Greene

Calgary, AB progressive power metal quartet VIATHYN are offering fans anotherFREE download ‘The Coachman’ off their upcoming album ‘Cynosure’ due out on October 7th. The download is available at the following link: 

“The Coachman is a fun mid-tempo track to bang your head to and sing along with. The track was recorded on 7-string guitars and switches back and forth from distorted to clean throughout the song. The chanting chorus creates a mead-hall vibe, and the up-tempo midsection has four trade-off guitar solos (including one from our bass player Alex… on guitar!). The song has a bit of a tribute to Edvard Grieg in the outro and also features the first instance of guest growl vocals on the album by Sean Jenkins of Calgary-based tech-death band Divinity. We packed lots of stuff into the 5:41 running time for you guys!” comments guitarist Jacob Wright.

Produced by 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.

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VIATHYN is also offering a Free Download of the first single released ‘Ageless Stranger’ at the following links:

As previously stated by guitarist Jacob Wright:

“We chose Ageless Stranger to be the opening track on our new album Cynosure because it is high energy and hard hitting. With a big chorus, relentless rhythms, and some fun shredding, we feel it is the appropriate introduction to the remaining hour of diverse musical moments you will hear on Cynosure. The lyrics are inspired by the malevolent Stephen King character Randall Flagg, who has appeared in multiple works by King such as The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, and The Dark Tower.”



Album Cover - Viathyn  - Cynosure - 2014

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

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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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“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

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

“Viathyn will instantly appeal to fans of traditional and power metal but they are much more than that. The songs have great headbanging, fist-pumping tempos, but each track also has deeply emotional and thoughtful undercurrent which warrants many listens.” – KING – Pitch Black Magazine

“It isn’t often that a band will blow away the listener with their debut album, but Viathyn does just that!” – Peter – Metal Psalter – Metal Psalter

“It’s been a long time since I’ve heard anything quite so eclectic as this band’s epic melding of the power, folk, speed, and progressive metals. They’re more alchemists than musicians, forging a new mold out of which many may be poured but few will actually fit.” – JDeathscript – Metal Call Out

“This is “Prog” metal at its finest.” – Cuz’N Mike – Heavy Metal Review

“…Viathyn have delivered a really solid, classy and mature metal album, that is as good as anything coming out of Europe these days” – JP – Metal Rules

“….This band really has their shit together, the solos are spectacular here, the sweeps are to die for, everything is good here…” – Metals Dead

“The musicianship is literally as good as it gets. It doesn’t matter which band member you would change, but the level of musical virtuosity wouldn’t get any higher.” – Poohkali – Rateyourmusic

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

• All songs performed by: Tomislav Crnkovic, Jacob Wright, Alex Kot, Dave Crnkovic
• All songs written by: Jacob Wright, Tomislav Crnkovic, Alex Kot
• Produced by: Tomislav Crnkovic
• Mixed by: Sacha Laskow
• Mastered by: Sacha Laskow
• Single released: TBD
• Available on: TBD
• CD Cover, Album Artwork
• Track Listing of Album:

 Release Date: October 7, 2014
LABEL:  Self Release
DISTRIBUTION:  Bandcamp, iTunes

Album Band Line Up: Tomislav Crnkovic, Jacob Wright, Alex Kot, Dave Crnkovic

Live Band Line Up: Tomislav Crnkovic, Jacob Wright, Alex Kot, Dave Crnkovic

2014 – Cynosure (full-length)
2010 – The Peregrine Way (full-length)
2008 – Demagogue (EP)
2006 – Demo

Shared stage with:
Stratovarius, Manegarm, Incantation, Rotten Sound, Into Eternity, Skeletonwitch

List of Tours and Festivals:
Calgary Metal Fest II (2013)
Noctis Metal Festival IV (2010)

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Alex Kot (bass) is a featured artist for NS Stick
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Lively yet brutally honest, their music hooks you in an intense whirl of emotions. Do yourself a big favor, listen to their song “Armature”- it is positively one of the best song of the year, bar none.


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Montreal, QC – September 16, 2014


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EPK | Press Photo | EP Lyrics – Body Politic – Egressor – 2014 | Download EP Cover

Photo – L-R – Rob Wilkinson – Keyboards – Matt Aasen – Guitar – Sam Britton – Vocals- Dan Montgomery – Guitar – Jesse Janzen – Bass/Vocals – Spencer Bowman – Drums – Photo Credit – Evan Nixon

Out Now! THE BODY POLITIC Unleash FREE Download of New EP ‘Egressor’; Playing Vancouver’s RAIN CITY THROWDOWN Sept 27th


Nanaimo, BC six-piece powerhouse The Body Politic are proud to unleash their new EP ‘Egressor’ out officially today, Tuesday, September 16th to follow up their 2011 debut album ‘All Too Human’.  Taking their name from a Clive Barkershort story and shifting gears from jazz (which most of the members studied at Vancouver Island University) to progressive metal, the band combine poly-metric grooves, aggressive screams and soaring vocal melodies to push the boundaries of modern metal music with technically impressive musicianship. Their emotionally charged songs incorporate an element of playfulness that has lead THE BODY POLITIC to stand out in a vast metal crowd and to perform opening slots for Tesseract, Protest The Hero and Scale The Summit plus multiple Western Canadian tours with their evolution.

“This is it. This is the culmination of two years worth of hard work and passion. Today is the day we unveil Egressor to the world, and we’ve never been more proud of anything. We couldn’t be more excited.” comments drummer Spencer Bowman.

‘Egressor’ can be downloaded for FREE on Bandcamp:

Plus streaming on Idobi.com

and on Soundcloud:

Guitar Playthrough ‘Armature':

Lyric Video ‘Armature':

Free download of ‘Armature’ at the following link:

EP Cover - Body Politic - Egressor - 2014

1. Vitam Agere (2:18)

2. Armature (4:12)

3. All Hands (4:53)

4. Swing For The Fences (4:05)

5. Colqhoun (4:13)

6. Irradiate (4:56)

EP Length: 24:39

In additional news,   THE BODY POLITIC are performing at this year’s third annual Rain City Throwdown in Vancouver, BC presented by Cariboo Brewing andCrowsNest Vancouver on September 27th at the Rickshaw Theatre.

“Rain City Throwdown will definitely be a highlight of our fall touring season. We’ve been friends with the guys in Take The Earth Beneath Us for a couple of years now, and we’re happy to be a part of their hometown comeback show. Quartered is unleashing their EP to local fans that night as well, which we are really looking forward to. Vancouver is one of our homes away from home, so we’re eager to go back and see some friendly faces!” comments drummer Spencer Bowman.

Event Details:

September 27 at 7:30pm

Rickshaw Theatre
254 E. Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1P1
Ticket info/etc

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“The Body Politic share a similar desire to take their art in new directions. Opening track “Vitam Agere” is the perfect intro to the EP, short ,modern and original, and something that would work well in film soundtrack. Second track “Armature” shows the band to be technically adroit but not at the expense of song-writing. “All Hands” mixes precision with power, while “Swing For The Fences” shows The Body Politic are very much making music for the 21st century. “Colqhoun” has a raw power to match its melodies. Finishing with the fine “Irradiate,” it’s clear that The Body Politic are a band with the potential to cross over to a wide audience indeed.” – Hellbound

“Watch these prog-metal masters as they rip through “Armature,” a song off of the band’s forthcoming self-released EP, Egressor… If you’re into the likes of Periphery and Protest The Hero, this song will most certainly get your blood flowing. And in all the right directions, you dig?” – Gunshy Assassin

“The Body Politic combines staccato rhythms with catchy vocal melodies and blends them in a killer progressive metal package. “Egressor” their new six song EP is a short but extensive slice of modern metal…The production on “Egressor” is top notch and the musicianship…there is no denying that “Egressor” is a great album…Go get your grubby little hands on The Body Politic’s Egressor” – Extreme Metal Television

“The feverish energy and charisma that floats through your speakers while you listen to Egressor will leave you enlightened with a sense of purpose and motivation.”- Damnation Mag

“Wow! Yes, this is what I said, when I started listening to The Body Politic, as their latest ep “Egressor” comes at you like a locomotive engine, yet puts you at ease with their melodic vocals and melodic guitars.” – Explicitly Intense

“technical brilliance.This is an EP of six cuts that slash twenty minutes long that brings together all the ingredients for modern and advanced metal.” – Noizz Webzine