When I was growing up, our local radio station was called Wyvern FM. So when a French band came to us with the name Wyvern, I was intrigued to find out more. And thankfully, the powerful, atmospheric progressive rock and metal sound of Wyvern is far more entertaining than my old local radio station.
The quartet of Julien Wetterwald (vocals and guitar), brother and sister Laurent (keys) and Aurélie Martin (bass), and Alexandre Pires (drums) hail from the French Riviera. They got together in 2016 in a class at their small music school, eventually started writing songs and created a band, which was named after a former band of Laurent and Aurélie’s father.
On the sound they’ve honed, the band explains: “Our community and listeners generally tell us that we sound like a mixture of Muse, Pink Floyd, Dream Theater and Devin Townsend. Think of a solid base made of all these bands with a touch of various music from all horizons and musical genres.
“A mix between amplified big riff guitars and soaring atmospheres, a melodic voice fitting with a fat guitar sound and unique synth sounds played under wild fingers, all supported by a solid rhythmic drive and a bass that slams.”
Over the last five years, Wyvern have evolved their sound, toured the south of France, played compositions from a demo album and produced their own music videos. That saw them begin to build a community before they received a positive response from Italian label Wormholedeath Records, which will release the band’s first album Radiations next year.
As the band tells us: “We’ve been working on the release of this next album for a while now, we’re obviously extremely excited to get this album out to everyone! Radiations will be a powerful combination between music and the 7th art. The storytelling is gripping and film-like. Our Director emphasized the visual beauty that fits perfectly with our music.”
Our first taste of Wyvern is three singles, which began with the epic mini-EP Moonshine & Neoworld. Moonshine starts out slowly, with light guitars that support powerful vocals but picks up pace as more dramatic instrumentals enter. That develops into a light instrumental section then a cool darting riff picks up the pace along with rolling drums, as a spinning lick gives way to heavier guitar chords and more dramatic vocals. The atmospheric instrumentals continue through to a huge guitar solo supported by driving chords to bring the track to a strong conclusion. Check it out in the video here:
Neoworld also begins with light instrumentals, then builds up to a powerful section of screamed vocals answering cleans. It delves into a darker combination of melodic and heavier sections, which culminates in chugging chords and searing synths over big choral vocals. Check it out here:
Their most recent single is the near-eigh-minute long Invisible, which opens up with chugging chords before light vocals take over. It drops into a little keys section before delicious stabbing guitars feed into powerful vocals. Atmospheric instrumentals support a cool little stabbing guitar lick, which feeds into more dramatic vocals that end on a fun low-tuned, drawn-out guitar. It builds up to a delicious guitar solo that brings this impressive track to a fitting close. Check it out in the video here:
The Wyvern sound has been shaped by a wide range of artists and musical genres, but especially bands like Leprous, Muse, Porcupine Tree, Devin Townsend, Haken, Avenged Sevenfold, Dream Theater.
And on what inspires them to write music, they tell us: “Our influences come from various music we listen to, it could be bands or solo artists, from different musical genres. It could be films, series or video games as well.
“We like to imagine the music before the lyrics. For us, music on its own can tell a complete story. The lyrics we write support and bring some precisions to this story. We like to write with a lot of metaphoric formulations. In the end, we think it’s up to everyone to make their own interpretation about it.
“In our demo album World Product we chose to write a conceptual story through the lyrics about some deviances of the world in which we live. In our first EP Moonshine & Neoworld it was more about psychology, tortured minds and situations all humans can deal with. And Radiations, we’ll tell you that it’s about… Radiations? Surprise!”
Wyvern hope to release Radiations early next year as well as playing gigs, if the situation allows. They also plan to continue creating covers and arrangements on their YouTube channel, performing live streams on Twitch and have more new music and concepts in progress.
You can follow Wyvern on Facebook, Instagram and Twitch, and check out their music on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, Deezer, Soundcloud and YouTube. And check out more new bands through Wormholedeath Records.