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Review: Valkyrja - The Invocation of Demise
The Invocation of Demise

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2009
Originally released in: 2007
Duration: 43:56
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: September 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (13 Votes)

Debut full-length for this Swedish band who play a fierce, fast breed of Black Metal. I suppose comparisons to Marduk or other Swedish bands are inevitable, but apt. Valkyrja get a good, vicious guitar sound and they slash out some killer riffage on this disc. This is fast, aggressive, heavy and sometimes hooky Black Metal. I enjoy this album, but it does have some problems that keep it from being a can't-miss disc. The blast beats are hideously over-abused here, and the drum sound is just a little flat, so that the constant whack-whack-whack-whack becomes distracting. The vocals are undistinguished in that they get the job done, but never anything more than that. The riffs are rather simple and repeat a lot, and a lot of the songs on here are difficult to distinguish from one another. By track four you start to get the feeling you have been listening to the same song for twenty minutes. It's a good song, but not that good. Valkyrja sound best when they slow the fuck down a little and wring out some more memorable riffs, which they don't do enough of. Overall, if you like fast, slickly-produced Black Metal like modern Marduk or Enthroned, then you will like this, but it's not essential.

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