Valhalla Awaits – Perdition Review

Valhalla Awaits: Welsh Powerhouse Redefines Metal with Potent Blend of Melody and Might...

Heavy Rock

Independent Release

Release Date – March 8th 2024

 

Line Up:

Andrew Hunt – Vocals

Chris Green – Guitar/Vocals

Rhys Carter – Guitar

Sam Kilby – Bass

Gareth ‘Snoz’ Lawrence – Drums/Vocals

 

Tracklist:

1 – Door Of No Return

2 – Staring At The Gun

3 – Is There Anybody Out There?

4 – We Remain

5 – All Hope Is Lost

 

 

Valhalla Awaits emerges as the epitome of Welsh musical prowess, poised to redefine the very essence of the genre. Should they not ascend to greatness, one might question the cosmic order. Boasting the incomparable vocal talents of Andrew Hunt, formerly of Buffalo Summer, and a noteworthy stint with Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, this ensemble is prepared to outshine even the likes of Those Damn Crows and Florence Black.

The sonic journey begins with the resounding metal anthem, ‘Door Of No Return.’ A relentless onslaught of crushing riffs and pulsating rhythms sets the stage for Hunt’s melodic metal vocals, a harmonious blend of purity and power. The intensity persists with ‘Staring At The Gun,’ where colossal riffs and a robust groove provide the canvas for yet another stellar vocal performance by Hunt, skillfully complemented by Green. The tone takes a somber turn with ‘Is There Anybody Out There,’ a poignant reflection on mental health struggles within the confines of family. The chorus serves as a stark reminder of the pressing concerns surrounding mental well-being in our contemporary age.

Resurging with full metal force, ‘We Remain’ navigates a dynamic journey, delivering punches, evasions, and weaving through to an irresistibly catchy melodic chorus. The grand finale, ‘All Hope Is Lost,’ concludes the odyssey with a jagged, masculine groove, leaving an indelible mark.

There’s an unmistakable alchemy in the Welsh waters, evident in this superb concoction of heavy and melodious elements. The composition alternates seamlessly between pulsating rhythms and serene interludes, showcasing a profound sensitivity. As the press release aptly states, it’s not just music; it’s a potent and powerful experience. Indeed, it is!

 

Written by: Smudge

Ratings: 9/10

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