Wykan has the perfect EP for anyone who wonders what it would sound like to merge modern black metal with vintage 70’s era psychedelic stoner rock.
Impressively eclectic, undefined by any one genre, with a healthy disregard for boundaries, ‘Solace’ could easily be called a cutting-edge production, traversing many genres and perceived barriers, within metal. Less of an EP to enjoy and kick back with and more one to concentrate your thoughts on, perhaps, but otherwise, it’s intelligently thought provocative, with touches of genius.
A veteran of the Montreal metal scene, Jeremy Perkins, joins us on this episode to discuss his impact on the Canadian metal scene, as well as his new project Wykan. Eohum vocalist, Barrie Butler, also joins us to discuss his new projects as well as his work with Eohum. After the interview we review the album “Where Owls Know My Name” by Rivers of Nihil. Enjoy, and don’t forget to like, follow, subscribe and share! Cheers!
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Montreal, QC – April 11, 2018
For fans of Black Sabbath, Band of Gypsys (Hendrix), Samsara Blues Experiment, Weedeater, Primus
A Heavy Brew of Blackened Stoner Psych
Montreal’s WYKAN Premiere “The Gathering” via NoCleanSinging
Debut EP “Solace” Out April 13th
Featuring Guest Vocals Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy) & Barrie Butler (Eohum)
L-R – Bass : Daniel Paras – Bass, Jeremy Perkins – Vocals and Guitars, Morgan Zwicker – Drums
Founded in 2017 by guitarist/singer Jeremy Perkins (Eohum), Montreal’s trio WYKAN delivers a heavy brew with its touch of black metal, old stoner / psychedelic rock and blues. Blending these genres, the band evokes spirits of heavy riffs and hot amp tubes overridden and pushed to the limits soon to be heard on their debut EP “SOLACE” due out on April 13th.
“After releasing very heavy black metal for 3+ yrs with my band Eohum, I wanted to return to blues and doom oriented music and expression, with atmosphere, blues solos and more feeling. Both Morgan Zwicker (drums) and Daniel Paras (bass) are distinct musicians / vocalists with jazz/blues backgrounds whom had the will to jump on board.” says band founder Jeremy Perkins.
Hitting the jam space and recruiting some special guests Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy) and Barrie Butler (Eohum), WYKAN‘s debut EP “Solace” features three punishing tracks full of atmosphere and mystery where you can hear black metal rage meet the finest components of blues and harsh psych stoner riffs. The theme of the EP follows inspiration of Ethnobotany and magic along with a tribal take on ritual and ceremony. More specifically with the Northern European Tribes known as the Saami from Finland/Norway/Sweden areas of today and their usage of Amanita Muscaria mushroom for Shamanic practices. Overall, the EPs concept is a reminder of the brisk realities of our lives in relation to the spirit world.
Teaming up with NoCleanSinging, WYKAN are premiering their next single “The Gatherin” featuring guest vocals from Eohum‘s Barrie Butler.
Band founder Jeremy Perkins comments:
“Is a poetic/fictional poem/story which ( would have taken place) when the Saami’s lands where colonized, told from generation to generation among the Sammi people speaking of the new schools of thought hitting their lands during Gatherings. A reminding piece of literature to not forget their cultures relation with the Amanita.”
Listen to “The Gathering” at the following link: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2018/04/11/an-ncs-premiere-wykan-the-gathering/
“Solace” is available for pre-order at Bandcamp here.
April 28 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar (EP Release Show) – info
1. Lahppon Olmmos (Noaide’s Ride To Saivo) (6:49)
2.The Gathering (8:00)
3. Wykan (The Shamanic Trance) (9:17)
EP Length: 24:06
– Produced by Sowilo Arts
– Written by Jeremy Perkins
– Lyrics and Thematic by Jeremy Perkins
– Recorded & Mixed/Mastered at Silverwings Studios in Montreal Feb 2018 by Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc.
– Vocals and Guitars : Jeremy Perkins
– Drums : Morgan Zwicker
– Bass : Daniel Paras
– Featuring guest vocalists:
Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy ) Track 1
Barrie Butler (Eohum ) Tracks 2 & 3
– Music & Lyrics WYKAN / S O W I L O A R T S 2018 ©
– Artwork and band logo by David Paul Seymour
Live Band Line Up:
Vocals and Guitars : Jeremy Perkins (Eohum)
Drums : Morgan Zwicker
Bass : Daniel Paras
Vocals : Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy)
Vocals : Barrie Butler (Eohum)
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“an impressive debut, with enough hooks to catch ears wherever it gets play. So grab yourself a copy, turn it up, and consume some mean doom.” – The Burning Beard
“A strange and bewildering piece of psychedelic doom metal, inspired by both old school doom and black metal, this debut by Canadian act Wykan is certainly something special. ” – Merchants of Air
“Montreal riff metallers Wykan make their debut April 13 with the SolaceEP. It is not intended for background listening. Even at three tracks/24 minutes, it’s not the kind of thing you “just put on” while you’re picking up around the house or working or whatever you might be doing. It demands attention and demands it early.”
A strange and bewildering piece of psychedelic doom metal, inspired by both old school doom and black metal, this debut by Canadian act Wykan is certainly something special.