don't see a whole lot of US Metal albums these days, but Avian has
managed to capture the magic, that made bands like Lethal, Ps˙co Drama
and Crimson Glory so special more than a decade ago...
all began when main man behind Avain - the band name is taken from a
book called: "The Gardens of Rama" - Yan Leviathan got
inspired by a weekend at ProgPower III. He started writing songs, and
got in contact with Lance King (ex-Balance of Power, now Pyramaze), who
later on introduced him to keyboardist Jonah Weingarten (Pyramaze). But
they still needed a bass player, and again someone knew somebody and
they got in touch with Dave Ellefson (ex-Megadeth, now F5), who after
listening to some of the songs agreed to play bass on the album as well
as co-produce it. And old friend of Lance's Roger Moore was brought in
to take care of the guitar leads... and the band was ready to go...
outcome is this solid piece of metal, with strong roots in old school
heavy metal - Iron Maiden - nicely combined with the new generation of
true metal. Throw in a progressive edge - mostly from the keyboard leads
and fills... off course Lance King's participation makes one think of
Balance of Power as well, another link that can be made here.
offers a fresh breath of metal with "From the Depths of Time".
So if you like power metal with a slight progressive and true metal edge,
and then take a listen to this cool album, which has another excellent
cover art work by Mattias Norén - this guy rules!
tracks: "Black Masquerade", "Final Frontier" &
"The Depths of Time"