MetalBite Review by Kate on 3/30/2011
Not being all that familiar with Valdur
, I was pleasantly surprised to find out they came out of one my favorite places in California, near the eastern Sierra’s. I was also pleasantly surprised to hear them deliver an infectious form of Black Metal with perfect balance of brutality and melody.
“Raven God Amongst Us”
begins with an avalanche which is probably a familiar sound living in the Sierras and sets the dark tone for the album. Followed by 'Wound Fires In The Afterlife' and 'Great Abyss Unfold' which both a carry a solid combination of aggression and speed supported by Thor’s rasping vocals. Sxuperion’s drumming is the backbone to these tracks and William’s bass tone is a heavy force that resonates throughout, each showing the strengths that these musicians can bring to the table. 'Berserrker' is a crushing track that is filled with power from beginning to end with Thor’s vocals packed full of venom. There are some vocal effects here that make the song even more epic. 'Vicious Existence' is full of majestic riffs with classic Black Metal style and Sxuperion pummels you into submission with his drumming. 'Creation' is just plain brutal from beginning to end, there’s no doubt in my mind that these guys know what they’re doing.
I’m seriously impressed with “Raven God Amongst Us”
and will be keeping my eye out for them in the future!
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.2 out 10