VALLENDUSK "Fortress Of Primal Grace" [CD, Digipak]
2018 - Atmospheric Black Metal from Indonesia
Vallendusk is a Black Metal band from Indonesia, founded in 2011. The band cites the mid 90's wave of Black Metal, melodic Death Metal and Doom as their major source of inspirations, both musically and aesthetically. Nevertheless they also draw influences from classical, ambient, martial hymns, and folk music of all sorts. The result is a brand of Melodic Black Metal that to fans is instantly recognizable as Vallendusk, and has become more and more refined with each release, with the new output being the band's strongest to date. There are many remarkable passages on the album which lift the songs to a completely different level. All the riffs and melodies are flowing, extrapolated from each other, building and releasing their energy, moving through ups and downs with smooth joints & breaks in between, and climaxing several times. The basis of the new album is still Atmospheric Black Metal but there are more diverse elements in it than before, most noteworthy those of Swedish melodic Death Metal a la In Flames.