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Valkyrie – Shadows | Review & Streaming

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Last Updated on 03:42 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Relapse Records
Year: 2015

Seven years gap is too long between the release of two albums for any band, even if your name is Rolling Stones or AC/DC. But it seems that Time was so generous with the Adams brothers, that in this period great inspiration and magic skills suddenly enlighten their minds. Forget the southern metal Valkyrie played on “Man Of Two Visions”. And don’t get fooled because ofPete Adams have joined Baroness. This is pure heavy metal/hard rock you here on “Shadows”. No heavy/rock here guys, neither stoner. Actually let’s be honest “stoner” as a term seems rather sloppy to use it for a band that Deep Purple aura and classic Heavy Metal riffs dominates its sound.Pure straight forward hard rock, actually proto-metal, with riffs upon riffs and an aesthesis of desire for jamming spread all over the entire album.

All 7 songs are top notch as the song writing is excellent, same for the band’s performance. No fillers here, only sentimentalism, 70’s hard rock feeling full of electricity and (I insist) jamming spirit. I can hear many influences and elements obviously from Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, St. Vitus, Spirit Caravan and other larger than life 70’s bands, but I was really impressed that I could hear things that probably even the band have ever heard, such as Slough Feg or even Heavy Load in their music.The opener “Mountain Stomp” is brilliant while its Sabbathian riff sticks to your mind. “Golden Age” is once again addictive as its processor and leads to the best song of the album and one of the greatest of this year, “Temple”. Six and half minutes of perfection, that’s what “Temple” is all about. “Shadow of Reality” has probably the best performance from Jake singing really nice with his characteristic early Danzig-like vocals. “Wintry Plains” has this one minute tribute to Iommi’s melodic passages of the early Ozzy-era somewhere in 04:00 (it brings you in mind “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”). “Echoes (Of The Ways We Lived)”is the most Baroness-like one, that it also captures many Wishbone Ash, Pentagram and some American 70’s doom elements too. Closer “Carry On” is doomy and full of guitar soloing, but in the end guitars leads us to Thin Lizzy-like melodies. Great ending indeed, showing u san album that its compositions can breathe and have something to say.

Can’t forget to mention the awesome artwork (don’t know who created it) and the excellent producing by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Leviathan, YOB), and that “Carry” is available only in the vinyl edition, as the cd version has only 6 songs.

4,5/6

Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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