“Five Minutes With” Darren May From Metal Band ILLYRIAN

Spawned forth from chasmic depths and armed with sonic weaponry, Canada’s ILLYRIAN brings the pain with crushing rhythms, ravaging lead work, and a shield wall of devastating vocals. Forged in the smoldering embers of a thrash and death metal crucible, the group have honed their blades into a singular weapon of ruinous destruction which it wields to carve a path of its own through the modern metal battlefield. Fans can expect an energizing and invigorating performance that masterfully walks the line between virtuoso caliber musicianship and blood-pumpin’, mosh-pittin’ riffage you can’t help but bang your head to.


Name: Illyrian (Darren May – Drummer)

Genre: Metal

Founded: 2011

# of Albums: 2

Latest Release: The Entity, Unknown (July 2019)

Latest Single: Amanar Rising

Favourite Local Restaurant:

The Ship and Anchor

Favourite band as a teenager:

Iron Maiden

Favourite band now:


Guilty Pleasure Song:

Hot and Cold Katy Perry

Live Show Ritual:

Putting our hands together and shouting “on 3, 1 2 3 D$#ks!!

Favourite local artist:


Nose Hill or Fish Creek??

Fish Creek all day

EP or LP?

Give me that looooong LP

Early bird or night owl?

5am gym crusher but some how I’m still fat

Road or studio?

The Road cause of the experiences you go through with your closest friends. The studio is all business and stressful.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram and Facebook. Check out our store at www.illyrianband.com

Any shows or albums coming up?

August 23rd Dickens pub Calgary – Illyrian album release show with Hazzerd, Tides of Kharon and Hyperia. August 24th Rendezvous pub Edmonton – Illyrian album release part 2 with Tides of Khartoum and Immunize