Vyrant – Dan Leucht

Introducing VYRANT…modern thrashers/melodic metallers from QLD Australia.

We have a quick chat to AA user and abuser, Dan Leucht \m/


VYRANT is a band that is still fairly in its beginnings, but the recordings on the bandcamp (http://vyrant.bandcamp.com/releases) sounds like a band that has been together for much longer…any insight into that? 

We only formed in December 2014 and to have something this soon we knew it was going to work well. Being our debut of VYRANT,  it means a lot to us…and its pretty much motivated us even more to get working on more material…

Tone-wise, what was your recording setup like?

Unfortunately, we were on a budget of $0 so all guitars and bass were done on a Pod. We just wanted to record as quick and cheap as possible.

Can you describe your approach to songwriting — how do you decide which riffs good and which are bad?

Stephen (Bass) is a very talented writer and a great guitarist so lately we have been meeting up and bouncing ideas off each other. We’re pretty critical of each other and are on the same page when it comes to riffs, rhythms and melodies so we kinda know what each other like. Usually we’ll record the basic structure in my little home studio and send it to the others

How and why did you first pick up the guitar?

I remember getting a fire engine red Ranger strat copy when I was about 8 but I have no idea why I wanted it. I can’t remember.

What kind of attributes do you look for when choosing an electric guitar

I’m a huge gear head and have been through a few different guitars. I only have 2 now and they’re both ESP Eclipses. There is just something about an arch top single cut solid body that feels right to me. My main Eclipse is a semi custom limited model. 1 of 10 made  with Kluson style tuners, zebra Seymour Duncans and 55mm thick. Just beautiful.


What’s you’re live setup?

Simplicity is key. I have my ESP Eclipse running into a Korg Pitchblack which goes to an AA Sentinel then into an AA HM-2 and finally an MXR Noise clamp. My amp is a standard Peavey 6505 on top of a Marshall 1960BV. Guitar, amp and 2 gritty stomboxes for extra flavour. Done.

Now that your debut has been released what next?

We have started writing new material with more dynamics and textures. We want to refine our sound a little more and hit the studio as soon as we can.


Give us your best “wtf” live show experience… Probably witnessing a “hardcore” band telling their audience that they, the audience, weren’t hardcore enough… That certainly made me go “Wtf?!”.

Thanks for taking the time to chat.

You can check out Vyrant on





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