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Valkyrie : Valkyrie

The band name comes from an obscure 80s album cover by a group called English Dogs, on which green-skinned women ride dragons into battle. Before you roll your eyes, know that this tells only a small portion of the tale of this group of young doomsters, so don't get all serious about it. The fact is, these dudes have done their homework, practiced like hell, and taken themselves just seriously enough to produce a sleeper of a melodic doom LP, straight from the underground to your sweating hands, and jokes about green-skinned women be damned.

These guys have obviously spent alot of time cozying up to their parent's album collections, and it's a good thing their parents had such good taste! I hear echoes of classic 'Tull and 'Zep', not to mention plenty of dual lead action that paints images of 'Maiden and Thin Lizzy. And don't get mad or nothin', but I could swear I hear some ca. 'The Yes Album' Steve Howe in there as well. But like Janus, Valkyrie faces both the past and the future; they're not about pure retro at all. There's plenty of musical meat from the likes of Abdullah, Spiritus Mortis, VoodooShock, Wall of Sleep, Spirit Caravan, and Pentagram for carnivorous doomsters to sink their fangs into. Rumor has it that Kelly Carmichael, axe-master of Internal Void and Pentagram, contributes his trademark excellent guitar work to a track.

OK, so far so good. Heavy guitars, lots of melody, high, clean vocals and killer leads. And any band that calls those musical influences to mind has stolen a march on 99% of the dreck out there. I would be remiss in my duties as a reviewer, however, not to tell you how good these guys are live. Actually, good isn't a strong enough word: try smokin'!! As much as I like this disc, it really doesn't hold much of a candle to their live show, which is super-heavy, melodic, professional, and bung-tight. I was privileged to see them at Indy last summer; you really should have been there. I can also tell you that they wrap up the total package by being hellaciously nice guys, knowledgeable about tuneage, and great supporters of the live music community. In other words, they talk it like they walk it, just like all of us should. So listen to their album, but for God's sake get out to one of their shows if they come anywhere near you.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Withered Tree
2. Sunlight Shines
3. Endless Crusade
4. Wolf Hollow
5. Secrets of the Mind
6. Heralds of the Dawn
7. Eternally There
8. Lost in the Darkness

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes.

Visit the Valkyrie bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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