Archive for July, 2015

Album of the Day: Valkyrie – Shadows

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015

Praise for Valkyrie‘s Shadows from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: A nice surprise! Shadows is a new one from retro-riff-rockers Valkyrie, a band we haven’t heard from in a few years – good to know these Virginia boys are still around, and if anything now taking it to the next level with this, their Sanford Parker-produced third album.

Clearly they didn’t rush it, and it shows. They’re on Relapse now, perhaps ’cause one of their guitarists also happens to be in popular Relapse act Baroness – or maybe just ’cause they’re really darn good and Relapse realized it.

Valkyrie - Shadows

Shadows is dazzling in a laid-back way, the music heavy yet tender, glorious with guitar harmonies (their twin guitars are played by brothers, dunno if they’re twins too or not). As we’ve mentioned before about Valkyrie, they do the ’70s sounding metal thing, influenced by the likes of Pentagram and Thin Lizzy, with a Southern rock slant as well, that sometimes recalls Corrosion Of Conformity and Down.

The warm, earnest vocals give this character, but Valkyrie are no doubt a GUITAR band, with psychedelic instrumental passages that Carlton Melton and Earthless fans could certainly bliss out to. And while this is stoner / doom metal, ‘Wintry Plains’, for one, features a positively sunshiny soft rock interlude before the guitars rush in full force, so they are indeed as adept at the more soulfully mature, mellow stuff as well as (mountain) stomping riffage.

We figure folks into Golden Void and Gypsyhawk, among others, will get off on this for sure.

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Album of the Day: Vanum – Realm Of Sacrifice

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Praise for Vanum‘s Realm Of Sacrifice from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: To those bleak metal heathens whom dwelleth upon the white and winter mountaintops, take heed!!! Vanum is a brand new ongoing project from K. Morgen and M. Rekevics (of highly acclaimed black metallers Ash Borer and Fell Voices / […]

Song Premiere: Kylesa – Lost and Confused

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

This afternoon, we’re pleased to bring you the premiere of a brand new Kylesa track. Taken from their forthcoming album, Exhausting Fire, due out via Season of Mist in October, ‘Lost and Confused’ is the first track to be unveiled. Picking up where previous album – 2013’s Ultraviolet – left […]

Album of the Day: Goblin Rebirth – Goblin Rebirth

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Ravenous Monster Horror Webzine: It’s pretty much impossible to imagine Italian horror cinema without also thinking of Goblin. Their eerie cinematic soundscapes provided the soundtrack to sudden bloody death and the arrival of demonic evil. I would argue that their soundtrack to Suspiria is not only the […]

Album of the Day: CHRCH – Unanswered Hymns

Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I’m gunna level with you: the modern day sludge / heavy psych / drone / doom / whatever market these days is more crowded than a standard rush-hour in New Delhi, although yes, I’ll admit there are some bands that do come more immediately […]

Song Premiere: Terminal Cheesecake – Poultice

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2015

We’re psyched to bring you a premiere this afternoon from one of Roadburn 2015’s illustrious alumni acts, the English neo-psych legends Terminal Cheesecake. After twenty-plus years in the wilderness the band return on 11th August with a new album, Cheese Brain Fondue: Live In Marseille on Artificial Head Records and […]