Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?
The band name came from a made-up combination of the words hyper and hysteria, which we felt described our sound pretty well. Hyperia was created in late 2018 by Colin and Marlee Ryley. We found the initial members from our local metal scene and started writing and playing shows almost immediately. Over the years we have had some member changes but currently, we have Jon Power on bass as well as two new members that will be announced soon!
Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?
The original lineup was all from Calgary, Canada. The metal scene there is fairly tight-knit so everyone kind of knows everyone.
Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?
My personal influences are from bands like Havok, Exmortus, Children of Bodom, and Municipal Waste.
Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?
I was born into a musical family and was around instruments and music my whole life. I’ve known since I was about 11 that all I wanted to do was play guitar in a band.
What songs or albums are on your current playlist?
Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Stone, Warfect, Mozart and Vivaldi.
Do you sing in the shower?
Not really, haha.
Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?
On November 17 we will be releasing our third album “The Serpent’s Cycle”. We have a few more shows for the year, including opening for Exciter and Lich King in Vancouver as well our album release show. Next year we plan on touring Europe and the U.S.
Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?
Our new album “The Serpent’s Cycle” will be out November 17 worldwide. We have released 2 singles from the album already and have one more coming before the album is out.
If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?
Tavastia in Helsinki, Finland
Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?
It changes all the time but recently I’d say it’s No Anaesthesia by Stone.
Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?
Tuomas Holopainen – The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?
Havok, Municipal Waste, Early Lost Society, Warfect
Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?
I’m pretty sure it was Are You Dead Yet? by Children of Bodom, and I have it somewhere haha.
As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?
Thanks so much for the support and checking out our music and buying our merch! We hope to play a show near you someday soon!
Finally, let us know all your social media sites so your fans, old and new, can find and follow/like you!
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/hyperia/1484158498
We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?
Check out our new music video for our song “Automatic Thrash Machine” here!
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