Canada’s newest progressive metal band IOMAIR features a cast of characters from several well-known Toronto metal bands including Vesperia, Astaroth Incarnate, Völur, Hallows Die, Sludgehammer, Bloodmoon Collective and The Silence Factory. Combining haunting violin work with blackened growls, melodic singing, heavy riffs and thundering drums, IOMAIR creates a style that’s unique for all members involved.

Their self-titled album released on Infamous Butcher Records this past September was written by band founder and drummer Dylan Gowan (Vesperia) as a way to cope with the personal challenges he has faced. The nine-songs on the release are a collection of musical stories that center on the universal themes of love, yearning, trials of life and self-reflection. Spanning a multitude of influences including folk metal, melodic death metal, prog and even Latin music, IOMAIR aims to delight listeners with often unexpected twists while offering an outlet for hardship. IOMAIR are suggested for fans of Opeth, Devin Townsend, Porcupine Tree and anyone who enjoys heavy, melodic progressive metal.

Listen to the new single here:

Gowan adds about the album:

All the lyrics involved are about personal struggles, relationships and the trials of life. These experiences inspired me to write so that I could walk away from those experiences intact rather than broken. All of the tracks on the album are all about the personal struggles we all go through in life, and I hope people will find comfort in these songs knowing that they are not alone.”

IOMAIR‘s self-titled debut album is available from Infamous Butcher Records at the following link: http://smarturl.it/iomair

Track Listing:
1. Cast Away
2. By Design
3. Dance of Eternal Insanity
4. Embodiment of Emptiness
5. What Are You Waiting For?
6. Cavalcade For None
7. Yearning
8. Healing
9. Forever Travelling Within

Album Band Line Up:
Dylan Gowan – Composition, Arrangements, Drums, Vocals
Sam Astaroth – Vocals
Tyler Williams – Bass
Morgan Rider – Bass
Gabriel Bateman – Vocals
Laura C. Bates – Violin
Nathan Schiller – Guitar

Live Band Line Up:
Dylan Gowan – Drums, Vocals
Sam Astaroth – Vocals
Tyler Williams – Bass
Gabriel Bateman – Vocals
Laura C. Bates – Violin
Nathan Schiller – Guitar
Mike Amicarelli – Guitar