The Marble Gates to Apeiron by Nicholas Leptos
Our band name Arrayan Path, there is no deep meaning. El Arrayan is the name of a flower (a plant) otherwise called ‘Myrtle’ or ‘Ar-hayan’. ‘The Marble Gates to Apeiron’ are the gates through which we can communicate with the ancient gods. It is based on a theory that the ancient Greek gods (hence the marble) were entities or extra-terrestrial energies that visited our world through a portal that leads to Apeiron, which in Greek means ‘the endless’ or ‘the infinite’. However, we have added our facts as well to make it spicier.
Our music covers many genres of metal. We usually find ourselves balancing between melodic power metal and lyrical epic metal. Still, you can find other elements in our music, such as classic metal or hard rock. We grew up in the 90s, so we have lots of influences from that era’s melodic scene. However, our favourite band of all times is Iron Maiden; therefore, it is both. Even though it’s a little bit of everything, our favourite subject is mythology and history. And I admit that we got that from Iron Maiden. We like to tell stories. I think that the theme is an endless source of ideas for us.
I’m not sure I understand the term ‘dark arts’. If you mean witchcraft or anything associated with it, you probably must ask a black metal band. They will know more about it. However, all of us, metal musicians, have read or written or even interacted with dark arts. Sorry, I can’t tell you more.
Regarding the artwork, we have the actual representation of the gates were the ancient gods go through to communicate with us, and the man walking towards the ship-like object could be one of us. It could be looking for answers, e.g. why have the old gods abandoned us? Giannis Nakos did the artwork at Remedy Art Designs. We didn’t give him any guidelines. We only told him the story I told you. And he did the rest