Kylver are a four piece instrumental progressive rock/metal band that have crafted their take on the progressive genre by mixing slow and heavy doom riffs, odd time signatures, atmospherics of post-rock and Hammond tones of the 70’s with a classic rock and metal sound.
“Like Kyuss jamming with Yes” – Alexander Lynham, Prog Magazine, October 2015
Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of England Kylver is made up of Drummer Barry Micheson, Bassist James Bowmaker, Guitarist Jonny Scott and keys player James Hill. The band released their first album ‘The Mountain Ghost’ on the 21st of May 2015; a forty-minute long concept album consisting of four tracks that follow the fictitious tale of a spirit who inflicts torment on the residents of a village that lies in the shadow of his mountainous home. The success of this first self released album lead the band to be nominated in the ‘Limelight’ (best newcomer) category of the 2016 Progressive Music Awards.
“The Mountain Ghost by the UK’s Kylver is one of those rare albums that not only are you shocked when the 40 minutes are done “already,” but when you start playing it again, you think “wow it really was as great as I thought it was last time I listened.” – Rob Pociluk, Progressive Music Planet, July 2015
Following the release of ‘The Mountain Ghost’ and not content with just kicking round the doors of their home city, Kylver ventured further afield, playing in front of audiences in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Sheffield and Manchester. With their live shows gaining them more positive feedback from the underground music reviewers.
“Newcastle quintet KYLVER sound far heavier than on record. They waste little time in harnessing their Baroness-scrapping-with-Zombi-in-a-science-lesson conjuring’s to bring to life a captivating post-everything beast.” – Toby Cook, Metal Hammer, March 2016
Kylver’s second album ‘The Island’ was released on the 6th of October the following year. The concept of ‘The Island’ follows a privateer ship whose crew are hired to find a mythical island that is said to hold a portal to another dimension, space or some other world. The ship doesn’t last a day or two at sea before is wrecked in a storm. Only one of the crew members survives the storm and finds himself washed up on the beach of the island with a mysterious looking pendant. The pendant contains a map to monoliths that hold the key to the portal. Throughout his journey across the island he has a constant feeling of being followed before becoming across a female inhabitant of the island who helps to guide him in his journey. Once he reaches the standing stones, our sailor is greeted by four cloaked figures who activate the island portal. Once he is transported into the black abyss he encounters beings that are known as ‘The Great Race’ whose wealth of knowledge is so great, it is too much for any man to comprehend. The ship’s sole survivor begs to be sent home as this strange environment he has found himself in is turning his mind into something he cannot fathom. The Great Race agree to send him back but not before they erase all of his memory of his journey. Moreover, The Great Race add another and very selfish twist to protect their knowledge even further. When he arrives back he returns to earth on the eve before the ship sets sail, and from then on his life is stuck in a perpetual loop, with the same events happening over and over and over again. The artwork for ‘The Island’ earned the band another nomination in Album Cover of the Year category of the 2017 Progressive Music Awards.
“Kylver managed to portray this story through a brief summary of their concept and a luminous display of musicianship. Having to rely on the listener’s ability to create their own imagery for the narrative is bold, but the task is less arduous when the talented musicians who created the music made something so bright.” – Cody F Davis, Metal Injection, October 2016