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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 / […]

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 […]

Album of the Day: Lucifer – Lucifer I

Posted on Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Treble Zine: The name Lucifer comes up frequently in searches through the vinyl archives of 1970s obscurities. It’s the pseudonym that electronic music pioneer Mort Garson used for his eerie, Moog-based progressive concept album Black Mass. Lucifer was also a short-lived and little known hard rock band […]

Album of the day: High on Fire – Luminiferous

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It is a fun coincidence of timing that High on Fire‘s seventh album, Luminiferous (released by eOne Metal), should arrive — a summer blockbuster in its own right — just one month after George Miller‘s film Mad Max: Fury Road, since the two works would […]

Album of the Day: Steve Von Till – A Life Unto Itself

Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Factory Worker Media: Whether folk music is inherently suited to grim, mature musings or vice versa, the turbulence which permeates the work of a “dark” or “angry” young songwriter seems to catalyze over time, to potentially yield songs that, despite their softer, subtler tread, are broader in […]

Album of the Day: Les Discrets – Live At Roadburn

Posted on Monday, June 15th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Live albums always feel, at best, a little bit redundant to me. Live music is an all-round sensory experience – the sights, the smells, the volume and the engagement are all things that are bred from actually being there and unless the band intend on […]

Album of the day: Sammal – Myrskyvaroitus

Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: You might remember a year or so ago we covered a little EP by a Finnish band called Sammal, who sing in their native tongue and pay homage to some of the great prog and heavy rock bands of the ’70s. That debut EP […]

Album of the Day: FOGG – High Testament

Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Does the world need another psychedelic power trio in thrall to Led Zeppelin, friendly hallucinogens and biker grease? Probably not, but there are loads of permutations of familiar pleasures whose proliferations are welcome, despite being completely unnecessary to the planet’s well-being: methods of brewing coffee. […]

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