Aviyn is a new band out of Tulsa, OK with a lot of promise. The band has just released the self titled debut CD, and is looking to make an impact on the metal market. The band is very talented, but seems to be a little confused with their musical direction. The band has an extremely heavy syncopated type edge ala Meshuggah mixed with the metalcore sounds of Atreyu. On paper it sounds cool, but in reality it didn't quite work for me. The music gets a little busy and jumbled up. The songs are interesting, but kind of run together with the exception of, the sticks out like a sore thumb track, Learning to Fly.
Not quite sure what is actually going on here, but I surmise it maybe due to the production, because for some reason, most of the tunes on this CD turn into a wall of sound. The clean vocals are drowned out, for the most part, in about every tune. There was not enough variety for me on this one, because most of the songs just ran together, and left me a little bored. There is no doubt the band is talented, they just need to get a little more focussed and work harder on the song writing. They need songs to stand out, not run together.
Bottom Line: A very talented band, in need of help in the songwriting and production department. Heavy tunes, that get lost in a wall of sound.
Standout Tracks: Illusionist, Red Shield and Learning to Fly.
-Ragman was wondering if his Itouch was working properly during the this one.