A horrible hack



Year Released: 2015
Format: Download
Label: Relapse
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Dec 17, 2015
Been tracking Valkyrie's flight for a few years now, and it's heartening to see them pop up on a label like Relapse. 'Shadows' isn't so much a progression as a refinement of what they've produced to date: big, brilliant rock music that splices trad doom a la Pentagram or Trouble with the heavy metal classicism of Manilla Road and the fiddly guitar heroics of Iron Maiden. While the playing's first-rate and the whole album's expertly constructed the simple underlying factor is the joy with which everything's delivered - you just can't help but feel gladdened by each striding riff or ebullient battle cry that soars forth from the speakers. While I could easily wax lyrical til my laptop battery runs cold I think I'll just sign this one off simply and bluntly by stating that this is basically a bloody great metal record full of bloody great songs - what else really needs to be said?

Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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