Avian

Avian

BandMetal

Avian is a U.S. prog-power metal band that focuses on melody and positive messages.

Biography

The official band biography:

Guitarist Yan Leviathan, who had been in several local bands over the years, but never anything remotely serious, formed Avian in November of 2002 after being inspired by Progpower USA III in Atlanta, Ga. The two-day festival featured performances by Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Edguy, and a number of other fantastic bands, most of which were making their U.S. debuts.

Feeling extremely inspired, on the flight back home, Yan decided to concentrate all of his attention and efforts to creating a band that combined all of the best elements of the great European metal bands and the classic U.S. metal bands. As soon as he arrived home, Yan essentially locked himself in his studio and began writing songs. Before long, he had a couple of songs completed and began looking around for the right studio in which to record them in.

Yan eventually ended up in a studio named The Saltmine, which is located in Phoenix, Arizona. While speaking with the owner, Don Salter, Yan had mentioned to him that he was looking for a bass player and a drummer to help him with the recording. Don mentioned to Yan that he was a good friend of David Ellefsons (ex-Megadeth, F5) and that he would ask him if he would be interested in the project. Obviously, Yan was very excited at the possibility of working with such a well-known and highly respected musician such as David. A couple of days later, a meeting was arranged between Yan and David. In the meeting, Yan explained to David what his goal was and David seemed interested. The meeting ended with David receiving a very rough demo of one of the songs and it was agreed that he would listen to it and decide if he would like to commit to the project. A couple more days passed and David called Yan and told him that he really liked the song (Final Frontier) and that they should record it ASAP. It was also agreed that David would produce the sessions in addition to playing bass on the songs.

The following week, Yan, and David, along with a session drummer, met in the studio and recorded the song during a 10-hour session. At the end of a very long day, the guys realized that they had created something pretty special and that they needed to record another song right away. Yan played David a new song he had written (Queen of the Insane) which excited David very much. The two agreed that they would meet again in a couple of weeks to record it. This process, which began in December of 2002, continued through September 2003; every few weeks, the guys would get together in the studio and record a song, sometimes two.

During that time, Yan and David had many discussions on who should sing on the songs. During one of those discussions, David had mentioned the name, Lance King. After listening to some of Lances work with previous bands, most notably, Balance of Power, the two immediately realized that Lance would be a perfect fit for Avian. David contacted Lance and explained to him what he and Yan were doing. Lance seemed interested and was sent two songs to record vocals on. When Yan and David heard Lances vocals over the songs, they were blown away and immediately asked Lance if he would do all of the songs. Since Lance and David had previously discussed working together at some point in the future, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so and Lance signed on to do all of the vocals on the album.

At that point, what had begun as a demo project for Yan, escalated within a few short months into a major recording production with world-class musicians on board.

By early 2004, the majority of the songs were recorded and ready for mixing. It was then decided between the three guys that a keyboard player should be brought on to add some atmosphere to the album. Lance suggested his Pyramaze band mate Jonah Weingarten. Yan spoke with Jonah on the phone and the two agreed that Jonah would fly out to Yans home studio (Yanmonster Studio)
to record the keys. The two locked themselves away for 7 straight days working 15 hours each day and managed to write and record all of the parts within that time span.

All that remained as far as recording was concerned, was the guitar solos. A number of specialists were considered, some even auditioned but none really stood out. Lance mentioned his good friend Roger Moore. The two were together in a band called Gemini, which achieved moderate success in the mid nineties. As soon as the guys heard Roger play, they knew he was their man. Roger worked on his solos at Lances home studio (Nightmare Studio) during the second half of 2004.

Around that time, the guys had to decide on who would mix the album. Lance suggested to Yan and David that perhaps he should do it since he had prior experience working on the Balance of Power albums. Yan and David agreed to let Lance have a shot at it and realized they had made a very wise decision as soon as they received some of the initial mixes back from Lance.

The followin

Lyrics

As The World Burns

Written By: Yan Leviathan / Lance King

Verse I
The time has come to save our ruined land
Taking it for granted has led to this doom
Power and glory has played its wicked hand
Little hope we’ll survive the catastrophic gloom

Days and weeks and months and years
Roll until they slowly disappear
Every man woman and child will see
The death of the home of humanity

Pre-Chorus
The road to hell lies dead ahead
It’s too late now; we’ve been misled
The storm approaches from the west now

Chorus
As we sail across the sea of time
We carry on; we don’t look back
Still we march ahead, As The World Burns

Verse II
Prophets and seers have warned for many years;
Mankind will fall down to its knees
When the line is crossed it will be too late
To return to Eden and revel in its state

Clouds roll in from a distance
A sign of the darkness to come
Rays of light sneak through vapors
Determined to shine on the sacred ground

Pre-Chorus
The road to hell lies dead ahead
It’s too late now; we’ve been misled
The storm approaches from the west now

Chorus
As we sail across the sea of time
We carry on; we don’t look back
Still we march ahead, As The World Burns

Interlude
Time will never end, hope is gone with hate
Fate is in our hands, but is it too late
Will we transcend, or fall into the well
A step we must take, for mankind’s sake

Solo

Verse III
The battle of all ages looms on the horizon
Nothing short of a miracle will stop it now
The rise and fall of Babylon
Should have warned us not to reach so high

Bridge
Time will never end, hope is gone with hate
Fate is in our hands, but is it too late
Will we transcend, or fall into the well

Pre-Chorus
The road to hell lies dead ahead
It’s too late now; we’ve been misled
The storm approaches from the west now

Chorus
As we sail across the sea of time
We carry on, we don’t look back
Still we march ahead, As The World Burns

The Fear

Written By: (Leviathan, King, Ellefson)


Verse I
Seven strangers gathered in the forest
Speaking without saying a single word
Holding hands, they stood in a circle
Staring at each other’s frozen eyes

Pre-Chorus
The visions came as the wind stirred
The end of time is almost burnt

Chorus
The Fear’s rising from within
They can feel it closing in
From the fire through the flame
The Fear is calling their names

Verse II
Frozen in silence the seven stood strong
Growing stronger with every moment
All are now surrounded by the blazing flames
As the heat from below arises

Pre-Chorus
Nothing can stop this deadly meeting
The Moon’s glow reflecting;
Their hearts stopped beating
The end of time; the clock’s hands stand still

Chorus
The Fear’s rising from within
They can feel it closing in
From the fire through the flame
The Fear is calling their names

Solo

Verse III
The ground trembles as he awakes
The trees’ fury won’t stop the quake
A child’s cry tears through the night
A telling sign of things to come

Chorus
The Fear’s rising from within
They can feel it closing in
From the fire through the flame
The Fear is calling their names

Seven strangers gathered in the forest
Speaking without saying a single word

Time Is All We Need

Written By: Yan Leviathan

Verse I
Time slips away, through winter nights and days
Someday someway, we’ll regain all left behind
The past is gone, moved on without a chance now
We carry on, take life’s great majesty

Pre-Chorus
All of our memories slowly fade away
Into infinity
Voices cry out begging us to stay
Shadows dancing

Chorus
Time is all we need to get us through The Fear
Lives and destiny falling through eternity
Days turn into weeks, disappearing into years
Time is all we need to wash away our sins

Verse II
Children will play in gardens of the Promised Land
Until that day, their dreams of fate will never die
Their light shines on, into the darkness of night
Where we come from, the stars shine as one

Pre-Chorus
All of our memories slowly fade away
Into infinity
Voices cry out begging us to stay
Shadows dancing

Chorus
Time is all we need to get us through The Fear
Lives and destiny falling through eternity
Days turn into weeks, disappearing into years
Time is all we need to wash away our sins

Solo

Discography

From The Depths of Time (LP)
Released world wide October 2005 via Massacre, Nightmare, and Hot Rockin' Records

Set List

Typical set list is approximately 60 minutes and we play all the tracks from our debut cd.