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Toronto’s IOMAIR Streaming New Single

“Embodiment of Emptiness”; Self-Titled Debut Album Out September 21st

Featuring Members of Vesperia, Astaroth Incarnate, Hallows Die,
Volur, Sludgehammer, Bloodmoon Collective, The Silence Factory

Healing is often found on the other side of heartache. Just ask drummer/vocalist Dylan Gowan, the founding member and key songwriter for Toronto, Ontario’s newest progressive metal band IOMAIR. Written in 2017 as a way to cope with the personal challenges he faced throughout the year, the band’s debut, self-titled album is a nine-song collection of musical stories that center on the universal themes of love, yearning, trials of life and self-reflection. Spanning a multitude of influences including folk metal, melodic death metal, prog and even Latin music, IOMAIR aims to delight listeners with often unexpected twists while offering an outlet for hardship.

Gowan comments:

All the lyrics involved are about personal struggles, relationships and the trials of life. These experiences inspired me to write so that I could walk away from those experiences intact rather than broken. All of the tracks on the album are all about the personal struggles we all go through in life, and I hope people will find comfort in these songs knowing that they are not alone.”

Recruiting a cast of characters from several well-known Toronto Metal bands including Vesperia, Asaroth Incarnate, Völur, Hallows Die, Sludgehammer, Bloodmoon Collective and The Silence Factory, IOMAIR combine haunting violin work with blackened growls, melodic singing, heavy riffs and thundering drums to create a style that’s unique for all members involved.

The band’s second single “Embodiment of Emptiness” is now streaming plus available for download at the following links:

Released on August 10, 2018, the band’s first single “Cast Away” debuted at #28 on the iTunes metal charts. It focuses on the idea of letting go of the past and starting again on a new, solo journey while invoking feelings of strength and determination.

Watch the lyric video for “Cast Away” at the following link here.

IOMAIR are suggested for fans of Opeth, Devin Townsend, Porcupine Tree and anyone who enjoys heavy, melodic progressive metal.

IOMAIR‘s self-titled debut album is set to be released worldwide on September 21, 2018 via Infamous Butcher Records.

The band will make their debut live performance as support act for Cellar Darling (Ex-Eluveitie) and Protokult at The Garrison in Toronto on September 14, 2018. Info here.


Album Band Line Up:
Dylan Gowan – Composition, Arrangements, Drums, Vocals
Sam Astaroth – Vocals
Tyler Williams – Bass
Morgan Rider – Bass
Gabriel Bateman – Vocals
Laura C. Bates – Violin
Nathan Schiller – Guitar

Live Band Line Up:
Dylan Gowan – Drums, Vocals
Sam Astaroth – Vocals
Tyler Williams – Bass
Gabriel Bateman – Vocals
Laura C. Bates – Violin
Nathan Schiller – Guitar
Mike Amicarelli – Guitar

For more info:


Iomair, (Scottish Gaelic for the word “Row”) is the experimental and progressive new band created by Drummer/Vocalist/Songwriter Dylan Gowan (Vesperia). The name reflects on Dylan’s Scottish/Irish ancestry and the songs are reflections of personal circumstances present in Dylan’s life.

Established in late 2017 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, with the desire to create something progressive and unorthodox, Iomair draws influences from all genres including metal, folk, latin and funk and especially from bands such as Opeth, Cynic and Porcupine Tree. As the primary composer and songwriter for the band, Dylan approaches topics relating to personal struggles that everyone can relate to. “I hope people will find comfort in these songs knowing that you’re not alone with your struggles.”  

The self-titled debut album features nine songs ranging from 4 and a half to 7 minutes in true prog fashion. It will be available September 21, 2018 on Infamous Butcher Records.



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