In the remote place where black metal and outer space fearlessly collide, one may find the grand and ultrasonic adventures of Vyre. Featuring former members of the underground Eis, Vyre unleashes The Initial Frontier Pt 1, an epic in sound that is wondrous to behold. Combining their obsession with science fiction with a staggering soundscape of cosmic proportions, Vyre is sure is ignite this dismal planet Earth with their fantastic reveries. Here is an interview we conducted with vocalist KG Cypher to find out more about this band well on their way into the stratosphere…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Vyre, and how long the band has been together.
Name’s KG Cypher, well my stage persona at least. I handle the vocal duties, write most of the lyrics, do a big part of the composing and try to be the creative anchor of the band.
The Band was formed in 2011 after 3 of us departed from the German Black Metal outfit Eïs.
Where are you based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We hail from the city of Bielefeld in the western part of Germany. The scene here is quite rich with all kinds of metal involved, be it old school or contemporary from NwobHM, Retro Thrash to Black/Death Metal and so forth. I honestly can recommend all of them. We sport a fairly high quality standard in Bielefeld’s underground metal scene. To mention a few there are: Lost World Order (Endzeit Thrash Metal), Negativvm (Black Metal), Powergame (NwobHMish), Unru (DIY Black Metal), Fluoryne (Avantgarde Metal). These are the ones some of us are involved. There is a lot going on in the area. Interested listeners should search for Bielefeld, Detmold and Herford at www.metal-archives.com. The audience at underground metal concerts has a respectable size most of the time and heads are banged. I am happy to be here.
Select two songs from The Initial Frontier Pt 1and what inspired the lyrics.
If I have to select two I choose the title track as the first one. It deals with the beginning of our space-time construct called universe, the Big Bang. It is mainly an entrance point to the whole story behind the two albums. I am very interested in cosmology and astrophysics. I respect the dominant scientific theories, but I also try to think for myself and just approach the whole topic with as little foreknowledge as possible, just using my common sense. I experience to make very interesting conclusions. It won´t change science, but I have fun and it’s a topic to write a song about.
The second one would be Digital Dreams and its counterpart Coil of Pipes. Digital Dreams describes the dream of an unorganic, sentient, mechanical being. It foreshadows the coming events in the story. Coil of Pipes is the same but from a human perspective. It has a sense of fear, wonder, hope and despair. It is kind of a metaphor for every day life in such a fragile world.
Who did the cover art for The Initial Frontier Pt 1 and how much input did you have on it?
The cover and the booklet were made by Hicham Haddaji of Strychneen Studio. He had free reign on the motive first and we prepared for major interventions for we have a strong vision of the creative output, but we ended up changing only small details here and there. It visualized our concept perfectly from the start. We are very grateful for that.
What could one expect from a live Vyre show?
You can expect an intense musical performance with lots of emotions. We throw in some Sci-Fi references through our outfit and some futuristic ambient lighting. We have our samples, synth, and cello with us. Where possible we try to counteract the minimalism which is so favoured today with, well, maximalism.
Has Vyre ever played in the States or plan to do so in future days?
No, we have not and don´t plan to do so but would love to. Its quite heavy on the budget having a travel party of 8-10 people going by plane, but it would be great to visit some of the significant places of space travel and science fiction.
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
It would be Arcturus for me. One of my all-time faves. We would complement each other nicely. We play different styles and tell different stories but we share the same musical and conceptual arena I guess.
When could we expect Pt2 of The Initial Frontier to be unleashed?
TIF2 is planned to be release sometime between March and May 2014.
What is your favorite science fiction film of all time and why?
That is a tough one. I think I cannot narrow it down to just one. When I was younger i enjoyed The Black Hole very much, and still do. It is kind of cheesy, but the Cygnus and its twisted hybrid crew, Doctor Hans Reinhard, and the whole black hole story are just great.
My favorite sci-fi villain of all time has to be Klytus of Flash Gordon. His role is so cool Flash Gordon has to be mentioned here. The original Star Wars trilogy had a huge impact on me too, even if its more space opera than sci-fi. Recently I discovered Sunshine. A great depressive movie with great psychological insight. Well, I am not very picky regarding sci-fi movies. As long as it is sci-fi, I am hooked most of the time.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing you music for the very first time?
Our name. And the overall atmosphere. If everything went according to plan, we shared a little fascination along the way.
Any final words of wisdom?
I cannot claim wisdom for myself so I just ask your readers to check us out and support us how they see fit. Thank you for the opportunity to introduce us to the people.
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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