Perth’s Illyria released their sophomore album The Carpathian Summit earlier this year and it showcased their chaotic cacophony of crafted sounds. If you like post-black metal be sure to check out their killer singles ‘Kenopsia‘ and ‘Wilderness‘.
But! As of today, they’re back with an instrumental rendition and vocalist Ilija Stajić says:
“As the old saying goes, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, and we felt that this can also be translated in music. The instrumental version’s intention was to allow our listeners to make up their own story rather than feel limited to my lyrics.“
If you like instrumental bands like Plini, Intervals and sleepmakeswaves, The Carpathian Summit: Instrumental might just be an album for you (Get it right here!). And hey, while you’re here, get to know the band by their go-to instrumental albums…
Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien
Ilija: This masterpiece absolutely melted the acne off my face as a 14 year old. With energetic classics such as ‘Satch Boogie’ and ‘Surfing With The Alien’, I learnt to acknowledge the lead guitar as being able to ‘sing’. The biggest influence on me however was the shred-ballad ‘Always With Me, Always With You’. I still believe that song alone has a significant impact to my lead guitar writing to this day.
Animals as Leaders – Self Titled
Matt: This album really got me interested in instrumental metal when I was about 15, and opened my eyes to the possibilities of how interesting instrumental music can sound. I loved the opening beat so much in ‘Tempting Time’ that I learnt it on drums, and it took me so damn long to figure out. Overall, this album in my opinion is still one of Animals as Leaders’ most memorable works, and forever will hold a special place in my heart as that album which got me into more instrumental music.
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
Dan: A relatively recent release all things considered, but when I heard this album I was hooked for a good while. The dark detuned synths do a great job of painting a picture and creating a bleak atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re walking through a post-apocalyptic tundra.
Yomi Ship – Pyramids of Yonaguni
George: We are so lucky to have this trio from the same city as us. Amazing live and even more rewarding to chill out with good headphones. Songs to definitely check out are ‘Pantathians’ and ‘Zoombini’ for their catchy hooks and groovy passages.
Chon – Homey
James: Bit of an oxymoron but this album has to be some of the smoothest guitar wankery I have ever heard. Maybe that’s why I like it, really chill but still so complex. Kind of like my life. Chon is life.
Illyria – The Carpathian Summit: Instrumental tracklisting
3. Autumn Fades Away
4. Echo Flower, Pt. 1
5. Echo Flower, Pt. 2
6. The Second Day Of Spring
9. The Carpathian Summit
10. The Final Bastion
11. Winter’s Wedding