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Avian - 2005 From The Depths Of Time

Yan Leviathan - guitars
Lance King - vocals
Jonah Weingarten - keyboards
David Ellefson - bass

Roger Moore - guitar solos
David Small - drums

The story of Avian goes back a few years. Late 2002 in fact. It is not an overnight success story, but a continual build-up of effort and energy which culminated in this fine release during late 2005. The band lineup as you can see above is a stellar one. King has sung with many great bands, the latest of which (besides Avian) is Pyramaze. Joining him here on this release is fellow bandmate Jonah Weingarten while Megadeth mainstay Dave Ellefson is also part of the mix. However, the band has to thank guitarist Yan Leviathan (surely that is not his real name? lol) for starting the ball rolling. Inspired by what he saw at ProgPower 2002, Yan had the wherewithall (some others would say 'balls') to bring this lot together. Not entirely his own doing it must be said (Ellefson had a bit to do with it as well), but the end result makes for accomplished power metal.

The Songs
What I like about this album is the constant heaviness (there is no let up), and the wall of noise which even manages to outdo the usually soaring vocal of Lance King. Occasionally, there is restraint, like on 'Time Is All We Need', or the acoustic interlude 'Last Moon', but generally, it is the melodic bludgeon as heard on tracks like 'Blinding Force', 'Black Masquerade' and 'Single Blade Of Vengeance', which typify Avian's quest for prog-metal domination. The widdly keyboards of Weingarten come to the fore on the opening intro sequence 'Through The Past and Into Forever' and the widdly-diddly ivory-tinkling on 'Across The Millions'. The latter seques into one of the album highlights 'Time and Space Part I: City of Peace', an epic track flailing away in true science-fiction/epic tradition, the galloping riffs even provide us a time-change out of the blue, one thing (thankfully) that there is very little of.

In Summary
With 'From The Depths Of Time' you get 14 tracks, and a good hours worth of music. A handful of bands stand hand and shoulders above the rest within the prog metal scene in the USA. Kamelot and Iced Earth are a couple, throw in there Magnitude Nine and perhaps newcomers Stride. If this lot Avian stick around, then there is every likelihood that Yan Leviathan will be hit more heavily on the Google Search Engine than Bird Flu. Here's hoping that this version of Avian has far more impact of the musical variety rather than the medicinal variety, because they have certainly left a very good impression for a first-time appearance. Promising indeed!

URL: www.avianband.com

Track Listing:
01 Through The Past and Into Forever (Instrumental)
02 As The World Burns
03 Black Masquerade
04 The Fear
05 Final Frontier
06 Across The Millions (Instrumental)
07 Time and Space Part I: City of Peace
08 Single Blade of Vengeance
09 Two Sides Collide
10 Blinding Force
11 Time Is All We Need
12 Queen of the Insane
13 Last Moon (Instrumental)
14 The Depths of Time


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