Five Questions With Triskelyon

Triskelyon is a new Canadian melodic thrash metal project released their debut EP this past January.

They have unveiled their latest lyric video for the fastest and most intense song on the EP, “Odyssey (Blessed by Steel)” featuring vocals from Hyperia‘s Marlee Ryley.

“It’s speedy and full-throttle thrash. The lyrics are again personal and about my musical life journey as told through using song references, which an astute listener may be able to pick up on,” adds Waye.

Check out the video for “Odyssey (Blessed by Steel)” below, and find out more about Triskelyon via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Sure. I’m Geoff Waye, and I’m here to introduce you and your readers to my new melodic thrash metal project called Triskelyon. I’m based out of St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. The guests on the debut EP are based out of Vancouver, Brazil, and one other member is also from here. I’ve been kicking around the local metal scene forever playing in such bands as Oberon in the late 90’s early 2000s, then my current band Category VI since 2010, and another band called Artach which started sometime in 2019. I am a guitarist, but out of necessity, I also dabble in bass guitar for recording purposes in Triskelyon and Artach. Creating music is my main obsession but it’s not my “job” as there’s no money in playing metal unless you are like Iron Maiden or something lol.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

The self-titled 3 song debut EP began out of a desire to have an outlet for melodic, yet still, savage-sounding thrash metal. I wanted to do this as a studio project so I could get things together myself which means I can do so fairly quickly if I want to. I did all the songs, wrote the lyrics, and play all the guitar and bass on the EP. I cannot play drums, so I found the fantastic Raul Marques. I wanted the vocals to be melodic, so after I had the songs together I asked my vocal god friend, Pete Healey, to do some vocals. I sent him what I had and he was into it and you can hear him on 2 tracks. The last puzzle piece for the EP is Marlee Ryley – the very versatile vocalist for the killer Canadian band Hyperia. I took a shot in the dark and introduced myself and asked if she’d like to guest on the EP and she agreed! The end result serves as an introduction to the musical style which I plan to expand on for a full release.

When it comes to the global pandemic, how are you keeping yourself out in the public eye while not being able to perform?

Creating music for me is not so much about being in the public eye – it’s about musical therapy and doing this because I’m driven to do so. If the eye of the public focuses on the music I write and they like it, then that’s just a bonus. It would of course be nice to have people listen to your stuff! Triskelyon’s existence is a direct result of the pandemic. My full band, Category VI (traditional metal/power metal) took a break for a bit which was worsened by the pandemic. And my other band Artach (epic black metal) managed to release a full-length album in 2021 and will have another for later this year. Despite that, with a couple of lockdowns, seeing fewer people etc etc I started writing more music than I knew what to do with so I started this solo project.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so if you were able to work with ONE fellow Canadian artist, alive or dead, who would you choose?

Rob Urbanati of Sacrifice, although I’m not worthy, it would be an honor to write even one song with his guidance. For thrash metal, that band made a lasting impact on me. Even tho they are not so active these days, they still rule. To me, their song “Re-Animation” is Canada’s thrash metal anthem. Having it as the theme song for the ole Power Hour metal video show on Much Music way back in the day really nailed that song into the brain forever.

What’s your goal for 2022?

To have each of my bands/projects each have a new album out! It might make one think I’m metal obsessed (which I am) but the music for Category VI is all written and my guitars are all recorded. The Artach album is 75% recorded. So it’s just the solo project, Triskelyon, which requires more songs before the album can be complete. I have about 3-4 more written so I’m close to having enough material to do the full album. 2022 is shaping up to be a very good musical year for me…now will anyone listen? Haha That’s another story and regardless of who checks out the music, I’ll consider it a success if the three albums come out this year.
Thanks for checking in with me….now back to writing more riffs. 😉

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