Review: Valkyrie – Shadows
It’s been seven years since the last album from Virginia doom purveyors Valkyrie, a delay likely attributable to the fact that Pete Adams (who shares vocal and guitar duties with his brother Jake) has also been playing with Baroness since 2009. But Shadows, the band’s third full-length, was clearly worth the wait, with the band reaching new heights in songwriting and instrumental dynamics on tracks like the onomatopoetic “Mountain Stomp,” the rampaging “Temple” and the spacy epic “Wintry Plains.” There’s plenty of Thin Lizzy-style badass twin-guitar action in these grooves, as well as flashes of St. Vitus, early Danzig and ‘Sad Wings’-era Judas Priest — in other words, a whole lotta awesomeness. DAN EPSTEIN
Check out “Mountain Stomp” from ‘Shadows’ below.