Valkyrie - Fear review

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Band: Valkyrie
Album: Fear
Release date: July 2020

01. Feeling So Low
02. Afraid To Live
03. Lovebird
04. The Choice
05. Fear And Sacrifice
06. Brings You Down
07. Evil Eye
08. Exasperator

It's been three years already since the departure of Peter Adams from Baroness, so I guess it was time for a new Valkyrie album. Fronted by the Adams brothers, the band has been around since the early '00s but they never seemed to be under pressure to constantly release new material.

Valkyrie play a mix of proto-metal and various types of rock (southern, hard, stoner, doom, and even blues at times). The pace of the album is laid back and leisurely, taking its time and not hurrying to get anywhere. It is slightly more progressive than before and with riffs that are doomy most of the time, with the heaviness lying significantly on the bass rather than on the guitars.

The lead guitar work is remarkable and the instrumental parts do stand out breathing life into the songs. However, the nature of the tracks makes them feel like they are going to all sorts of directions often without clear intent, with the exception of "Afraid To Live". While there are moments to enjoy, especially on the singles revealed before the album's release ("Feeling So Low", "The Choice", and "Evil Eye"), it is difficult to say that Fear remains interesting throughout. Obviously, the Adams brothers love solos and they use them a lot; in fact, at times they feel that they take the space where vocals could or should be but I don't complain. The reason why is that, while the soloing and the twin guitar melodies are exquisite and the only feature of the album that undoubtedly makes it worth listening to at least once, the vocals on the other hand are very unimpressive and a deal breaker for me personally, but I cannot imagine anyone arguing that they help elevate the album in any way.

On the positive side, the record sounds very organic and natural. The bass and the drums have enough room, and Alan Fary and Warren Hawkins both do nice things on here, even though the focus is undoubtedly on the guitar harmonies. The cover art is also very beautiful, like all Valkyrie covers in the past.

Fear sounds a lot like a jam session of Peter and Jake Adams, in which they called a couple of talented friends to help them with the rhythm section. With more focused songwriting and another vocalist, this album would have been much better because it is undeniable that the potential is there. As it is though, it will not change the face of music as we know it.

"Feeling so low
Trying to get through
Change is so slow
With the things that you do"


Written on 13.09.2020 by Only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud!


Comments: 2   Visited by: 33 users
14.09.2020 - 14:46
Was expecting the review itself to be more negative considering the score. This is indeed far from the best out there, but it's a bit more deserving of a higher score.
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14.09.2020 - 19:59
Written by RaduP on 14.09.2020 at 14:46

Was expecting the review itself to be more negative considering the score. This is indeed far from the best out there, but it's a bit more deserving of a higher score.

It's an album of nothing more than great solos that I am never going to listen to again. I believe that 5 is the best I could give it. It is not average to get a 6; it is simply not good (in my opinion, of course).

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