It has been ten years now that Flayst tours around western Switzerland and enchants your ears with the finest melodic death metal. The band was initially founded in 2005 by Jo, Isma, Nico (former bassist), Phil and Olivier (former vocalist). Fred (current vocalist) came into the band in 2008. Influenced mainly by bands like Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, or Dark Tranquility, the band enhances their songs with electronic sounds and even a taste of rock / pop.
Fred · Voice
Tired of singing and shouting all alone in his car or in the shower, Fred was looking for some guys to play music with. He joined Flayst in 2008. Fred was the last one to join the group, but all members gave him a very warm welcome. Inspired by bands like Katatonia, Paradise Lost and Amorphis, he is the main vocalist and songwriter of the band. His strong presence on stage is often very appreciated by the audience.
Gear : Sennheiser, Mackie, JBL
Jo · Guitars
Jo is one of the band members without whom Flayst would never exist. He is also the one who met Fred and invited him (after way to many bears) to be the singer the band. Inspired by bands like In Flames, Soilwork, Omnium Gatherum andInsomnium, Jo is a very gifted guitar player who invests lots of time in conceiving new songs for the band.
Gear : Washburn, LTD, PRS, Peavey, Boss
Nico · Guitars
It’s at the age of 10 that Nico fell in love with a gorgeous Flying V guitar in a shop in the US. He then brought a fake no-brand strat back home. Trying too hard to imitate Iron Maiden riffs in front of the mirror, he successfully annoyed his folks. Back in Switzerland, he joins a metalcore band which will push him on stage and in the recording studio. New comer to Flays in 2017, Nico brings his metallic experience to the band.
Gear : Mesa Boogie, Marshall, ESP & Jackson
Simon · Drums
Simon alias “The Machine” joined the Band in 2017. Famous drummer in the region, it’s by his powerful writs and agile ankles that he guides the rhythm of Flayst. Simon brings his experience from numerous of bands like Blasted.
Gear : Tama Starclassic
JP · Bass & Keys
Like Isma, JP also played with Ever Since a few years back. He has over 15 years experience in keys, programming and audio engineering. It is always a pleasure to see how JP is able to intensify the band’s songs with impressive electronic sound. JP has quite a large selection of favorite bands. A few examples are Strapping Young Lad, Rozz Williams and Midnight Juggernauts.
Gear : Korg Karma, Trinity, 01wfd, MS2000, MicroXL
Software : Native instruments (Absynth, FM7)