Illyrian – Round 2 Fight! (2016)
For fans of Revocation, Lazarus AD, Havok, Battlecross, Exodus
Contact: PR Rep – Jon Asher – ashermedia(@)gmail.com
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Distribution: CD Baby
“Calgary thrashers Illyrian’s sophomore release, Round 2: Fight!, hits you like a sack of hammers to the face. Combining aggressive riffs, vicious vocals, machine gun-like rhythms and head-splitting guitar solos, the four-piece band delivers the goods on its 10 fiery tracks. ” – Bravewords
“Like a game of classic Street Fighter, as the song title ‘Round 2: Fight’ should have you envisioning, Calgary’s Illyrian totally kick ass!” – Pure Grain Audio
“Illyrian impressively fuse such influences as classic thrash, death metal in the vein of Obituary, and a lot of 80s influences into a profoundly impressive package.” – Hellbound
“Calgary based thrash metal that will rip your spine out…theses guys have blistering solos that will make you headbang until your head falls off…The virtuoso guitarists Scott Onofrychuk and Brandon McNeil, give you powerful guitar riffs, creating an atmosphere only a metal head can dream of.” – Rockbrary
“a mosh pit massacring new album appropriately titled Round 2: Fight! Unrelenting, face-melting and otherwise utterly insane, this album is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!!” – Canadian Beats
“beautifully technical monster of a record that fuses Catharsis, Nuclear Assault, Possessed and Vio-Lence with progenitors of the original Morrisound “movement” like Obituary. It’s brutal, changes gears effortlessly and combines power and precision in a furious miasma in order to forge a symphony of metallic grandeur, one that even the most jaded and cynical of old thrashers can lose themselves in. To hell with work and to hell with everything else, let’s thrash.” – Mass Movement Mag
‘Round 2: Fight’ is 45 minutes of metal violence with the sole purpose of knocking you unconscious. Illyrian plays its metal as taught to do so by the big four, mixed with some modern ingredients here and there and an occasional death metal touch…All in all, an interesting and wayward piece of work by a band with potency. Do try this out for yourself!” – Lords of Metal
“These guys got me right pumped with their stage presence and attitude, I think I spent more time head banging than I did taking photos. They had some real showmanship in their set and I think a bigger stage and some pyrotechnics would suit them well. They played fast and loud, and one of the highlights of the set was when their guitar player jumped down into the pit to shred with the audience.” – Not Like Us
L-R: Scott Onofrychuk (Guitar/Vocals) | Jeff Perry (Bass/Vocals) | Brandon McNeil (Guitar/Vocals) | Darren May (Drums) | Photo Credit: Brad Scott
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Once known as a group of goofballs playing thrash metal about video games, Calgary’s Illyrian have now evolved into a highly technical group of goofballs playing thrash metal better. These artists, formerly known as Hellborn Death Engines, are known for their erratic and precise on-stage delivery, rapier wit, and nostalgic charm.
Originally formed in 2011 under the now reviled former moniker, Illyrian have righteously cast off its anchors and let itself develop into a unique and hungry beast. This is, in no small part, due to the recent additions of Jeff Perry (bass/vocals, Sikarra, ex-Animus Labyrinth) and British drum sensation Darren May (drums, ex-Deacon Birch), who have brought new and progressive musical mindsets into the band. Rounding out the original and founding members Scott Onofrychuk (guitars/vocals) and Brandon McNeil (guitar/vocals)’s thrash metal madness in distinct fashion.
Cue 2016, as Illyrian is on the verge of releasing Round 2: Fight!, the band’s second release and more accomplished effort due out on October 7, 2016. Gone are the constraints of conventional metal sub-genre formula, replaced with a melting pot of technical thrash riffs, blistering solos, prog-influenced rhythms and the bands signature tri-vocal attack.
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