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Osyron is a Canadian progressive symphonic metal band based in Calgary, Alberta consisting of vocalist Reed Alton, guitarists Krzysztof Stalmach (Solar Guitars) and Bobby Harley (Solar Guitars), bassist Tyler Corbett, and drummer Cody Anstey. Bridging the gap between traditional European metal styles and the influence of their homegrown contemporaries, Osyron has created a unique sound of their own.
The band formed under the name Osyron in 2012 when Krzysztof and Bobby moved to Calgary, Alberta after playing music together for years in Ontario. They released their debut album, Harbinger, in 2013 which was a mere hint of what their music and sound would evolve to. Their 2017 release, Kingsbane, leaned more towards the symphonic/power metal style. Krzysztof and Bobby wrote the music before Reed and Tyler joined the band, but their additions shifted Osyron's path and took them to new levels. The overall strength of Kingsbane caught the attention of fans and people in the music industry. The "Kingsbane" video with its medieval battle scenes was striking and gained the band many new fans.
In 2018, Osyron released a metal cover of the Canadian national anthem, which pulled patriotic heartstrings across the country. This Canadian theme continued into their third album, Foundations. Stemming from a perspective of Canadian identity and culture, both past and present, the album challenged the global perspective of the Great White North by retelling historical moments in an immersive and melodic manner. Speaking on topics ranging from Canada's colonization to the mistreatment and recognition of Aboriginal heroes to the country's participation in global warfare, Foundations reveals what can sometimes be viewed as the dark underbelly of Canada that led the nation to where it is today.
Foundations was released in July 2020 via SAOL/The Orchard, and was the first album with Cody. Despite being released during the global pandemic, Osyron found a way to create and deliver five great videos – one for each song on the album. This album truly grabbed the attention of critics and fans in Europe and North America and paved the way for expansion int o other marketplaces worldwide. Foundations spent 9 weeks on the Canadian charts with 11 appearances across various stations reaching #2 on CJSW (Calgary) and #6 on the !earshot National Loud Chart. Osyron was nominated for the 2021 YYC Music Awards "Metal Recording of the Year" for Foundations.
With the pandemic dragging on and no ability to tour because of it, Osyron decided to re-release their Kingsbane album in 2021 as a deluxe edition to reach a much wider audience. Besides remixing and remastering the original recordings for a fresh sound, they took three of the songs ("Viper Queen", "Griefmaker", and "Razor's Wind") and reimagined them – rewriting and recording them to reflect their evolution as a band. Kingsbane Deluxe Edition was released in May 2021. The album had 26 Canadian chart appearances over 15 weeks including 5 times at #1 on CJSW (Calgary), #1 on the weekly !earshot National Loud Chart, #1 for the month of August for the !earshot National Loud Chart, and a top ten finish for 2021. Osyron took home the 2022 YYC Music Awards "Metal Recording of the Year" for Kingsbane - Deluxe Edition.
Overall, 2021 was an exciting year for Osyron. Their metal version of "O Canada" was chosen for a Destination Canada Ski video ad to be shown to targeted ski audiences on social media globally and before all worldwide showings of Warren Miller's 2021 ski movie. In addition, Osyron's grant application to FACTOR Canada (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) was approved in September and they are the recipients of the coveted "Juried Sound Recording Grant". Receiving a grant of this magnitude has been a game-changer and Osyron is truly thankful for the support from FACTOR.
Osyron began writing music for a new album in 2021 and started recording drums in late 2021 at OCL Studios. Recording continued at CRM Sound in Calgary in early 2022 focusing on vocals, guitars, and percussion while the backing orchestration was composed and recorded at Sole Audio. The full album was also mixed at Sole Audio and the mastering was done by Maor Appelbaum (California). The band feels that this is their strongest album to date - they have taken the modern and progressive sound and feel that they created with Foundations and have pushed it even further (as can be heard with the new singles, "Dominion Day", "Beyond the Sun", and "Anunnaki" which all landed on the Spotify editorial "All New Metal" playlist). "The Deafening" featuring Stu Block (Into Eternity, Annihilator) and Percival Schuttenbach (The Witcher 3 OST) is garnering a lot of attention. The new album, Momentous, was released on November 4, 2022 and is available on all major streaming platforms.
The band has performed alongside numerous major acts such as Norther, Protest the Hero, Into Eternity, Threat Signal, and The Agonist. They were also finalists in the Calgary edition of the Wacken Metal Battle in 2019. They performed at the Kick-off Show at the 2021 Loud as Hell Festival (Into Eternity, Arrival of Autumn, Planet Eater, Iron Kingdom, and more) in Drumheller, AB, and were invited back later that weekend to perform on the main stage. They returned to the main stage at Loud as Hell in 2022 for the tenth anniversary of the festival (Angelmaker, Neck of the Woods, Wake, Divinity, Carcosa, Endast, and more).
Osyron had the honour of playing at the 70,000 Tons of Metal 2023 cruise, and performed alongside bands such as Evergrey, Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity, Nightwish, Kamelot, Amorphis, Dragonforce, Kreator, Hypocrisy, and many more. It was an amazing event for Osyron's first international festival appearance, and they are excited to continue to take their sound around the world to put on a true Canadian spectacle all around the globe. Watch for more tour dates coming soon!
01 - Anunnaki | Listen 02 - Dominion Day | Listen 03 - The Deafening | Listen 04 - Landslide | Listen 05 - Sorrow and Extinction | Listen 06 - Beyond the Sun | Listen 07 - Awake | Listen 08 - Momentous | Listen 09 - Prairie Sailor | Listen 10 - Beacons | Listen
01 - From Ashes (2021 Remaster) | Listen 02 - To War (2021 Remaster) | Listen 03 - Razor's Wind (2021 Remaster) | Listen 04 - Viper Queen (2021 Remaster) | Listen 05 - Griefmaker (2021 Remaster) | Listen 06 - Kingsbane (2021 Remaster) | Listen 07 - Empire of Dust (2021 Remaster) | Listen 08 - Kingmaker (2021 Remaster) | Listen 09 - Razor's Wind (Acoustic) | Listen 10 - Griefmaker (Re-recorded) | Listen 11 - Viper Queen (Re-recorded) | Listen
01 - Visions | Listen 02 - Dormant Insurrection | Listen 03 - Becoming the Omen | Listen 04 - Gallery of Fools | Listen 05 - Lifting of the Veil | Listen 06 - Going Under | Listen 07 - Ruination | Listen 08 - Silent Judgement | Listen 09 - A Return | Listen 10 - Facing Fate | Listen 11 - Prosperity | Listen
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