Tato Rivas – Guitarist and Producer – Photo Credit: Barbara Gomez
Lyonen, the solo project from Venezuela’s Luis Rivas, released a debut album “This Is Lyonen” during August of this year. It is a solid eleven-track effort packed with flouring power metal vocals, sweeping solos, and of course, a layer of thundering drums.
Rivas is a talented musician who seeks to push the envelope with his sound and bridge various elements from different genres to make a well-rounded, dynamic style. His music always contains a positive message, and the classic heavy metal track “Lyonen” is no exception. The song recalls a mix of Rivas’ teenage days in the ’80-’90s. It is an anthem for the band’s followers and encourages listeners to be free, do the right things, and stand for truth.
Today, Rivas shares the video for “Lyonen”, which can be viewed on YouTube HERE.
Rivas explains further:
“I want to motivate the listeners through the lyrics while giving them a shot of classic heavy metal with melodic guitar lines and heavy vocals. Lyonen is important to me because this is the first time I can put what I am thinking into a song and I definitely want to do more.”
Aside from session vocals by Craig Cairns on the tracks along with Jose Vegas on bass for “No Borders” and Javi One doing drums on “2 Hours to Go”, Rivas was the sole musician, engineer, and producer for the entire release, which was a challenge, but overall a very satisfying experience for him. Originally fifteen tracks were recorded, but only 11 were kept on the release, fans can expect more music from Lyonen in the near future.
The classic melodic heavy metal is suggested for fans of Helloween, Stratovarius, and Joe Satriani.
“Revelation” – YouTube.
1. Revelation (4:39)
2. Lyonen (4:54)
3. No Borders (4:52)
4. Nehme die Sünde (3:23)
5. I Am Not Wild (4:43)
6. Angels of Freedom (5:59)
7. Dancing Free (5:40)
8. Hard To Destroy (4:13)
9. Breaking The Silence (4:29)
10. 2 Hours to Go (3:20)
11. Outro (1:35)
Album Length: 47:54
• All songs performed by:
Tato Rivas, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Keys and Synths, Drums Programming.
Jose Vegas: Bass guitar on No Borders
Javi One: Drums on 2 Hours to Go
Vocals: Craig Cairns
• All songs written by: Tato Rivas
• Produced by: Tato Rivas
• Mixed by: Tato Rivas
• Mastered by: Tato Rivas
• Album Artwork by: Vinnie Hummel
• Member of BMI
Music is energy – Luis Rivas said so. Music composer and Creator of the band “Lyonen,” Luis Rivas – nicknamed Tato Rivas – spent a significant part of his life devoted to music production in the genres of Metal and Rock. When it comes to the genre of metal, music requires a whole new level of involvement. “I started playing in 1995, and I have not stopped since,” Tato said.
Tato Rivas was born in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, spent his childhood listening to popular metal bands, and moved to Maryland, United States in 2016 for professional reasons and now he is getting ready to fulfill his dreams in the music industry and build his name. It has been a lifelong goal of him to find opportunities in music career – therefore, his unstoppable passion is getting closer to that moment.
Luis graduated in Audio Engineering in 2003 with four years of Study of Music, including Classical Guitar. With currently working as a Multimedia Producer, Luis has additional insight into the world of music videos and photography – which landed him the Promax BDA Award doing Promotion Audio Mixing for a TV Station and other awards as Director of a Documentary short film.
In 2017, Luis started his one-person project like a metal band named Lyonen, which produces music in the forms of Heavy Metal, Power Metal, and Rock. His profound influence in metal icons like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Helloween, Joe Satriani, Stratovarius, and much more motivated him to hold his position gracefully as a Guitarist, Music Producer, Composer, and Audio Engineer for his band Lyonen.
So far, Tato has been passionate about Heavy Metal, but he aims to produce music in other genres, such as Pop, Classical, and more. Tato Rivas – under the name of Lyonen – is all set for releasing his much-anticipated Debut Album named “This is Lyonen,” which is scheduled to release on 13th August 2020 on all mainstream music platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Youtube Music, Deezer, and many more.