Thrash-metal band Illyrian performs in Abbotsford

Concert on Friday at Brother’s Bowling and Billiards

The band Illyrian features (from left) Scott Onofrychuk, Jeff Perry, Brandon McNeil and Darren May. Brad Scott photo

The band Illyrian features (from left) Scott Onofrychuk, Jeff Perry, Brandon McNeil and Darren May. Brad Scott photo

The band Illyrian performs in Abbotsford on Friday, May 12.

The performance takes place at Brother’s Bowling and Billiards (33550 South Fraser Way) at 8 p.m. and is part of the group’s western Canada tour in support of their latest album, Round 2: Fight! released last October.

The album features 10 moshpit-ready thrash crowd-pleasers produced by the band, mixed by Casey Lewis and master by Sacha Laskow.

Formed in 2011 under the name Hellborn Death Engines, the band resurfaced under the new moniker Illyrian with the additions of bassist/vocalist Jeff Perry (Sikarra, ex-Animus Labyrinth) plus British drum sensation Darren May (ex-Deacon Birch).

The two have brought new and progressive musical mindsets into the band to join original and founding members Scott Onofrychuk (guitars/vocals) and Brandon McNeil (guitar/vocals).

Illyrian has evolved into a highly technical group playing thrash metal with erratic and precise on-stage delivery, rapier wit and nostalgic charm.

Their sound is a melting pot of technical thrash riffs, blistering solos, prog-influenced rhythms and their signature tri-vocal attack.