Shadows (2015 Relapse Records)
5-13-2015 by Andrew Unterberger

Ride High With Valkyrie’s New LP ‘Shadows’
Baroness guitarist Pete Adams’ other group harkens back to ’70s proto-metal

Harkening back to both the sludgy beginnings of Black Sabbath and the double-tracked guitar days of Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden, Virginia classic metal enthusiasts Valkyrie have made one of the year’s more enjoyable hard-rock records with third album Shadows. Full of majestic shredding and thunderous drums — and even some “Crazy Train”-esque vibraslap on opener “Mountain Stomp” —  the set is driven by the dueling axes of brothers Jake and Pete Adams, the latter also a member of the similarly righteous progressive metal act Baroness. It’s an album worthy of its obvious touchstones, and one that at seven tracks wisely keeps to single-LP brevity.

Stream the album below, officially OUT NOW on Relapse Records.

GUITAR WORLD presents the exclusive premiere of ‘Mountain Stomp’ by Valkyrie from ‘Shadows’ on Relapse Records along with an article.

VICE presents the exclusive premiere of ‘Golden Age’ by Valkyrie from ‘Shadows’ on Relapse Records along with an interview with Pete..

STEREOGUM presents the exclusive premiere of ‘Wintry Plains’ by Valkyrie from ‘Shadows’ on Relapse Records along with an article.

Upcoming Shows


Valkyrie is playing Gwar-BQ this August!


The entire new record, “Shadows” is streaming right now over at!

Photo by Nicole Butler.


Stereogum have included “Wintry Plains” as their #1 heavy song of the month!


Pre-order ‘Shadows’ from Bandcamp and you’ll receive instant downloads of Mountain Stomp”, “Golden Age” and “Wintry Plains” weeks before the album drops!


Consequence of Sound has selected “Wintry Plains” to be on their top ten songs of the week.


Listen to “Mountain Stomp” on Metal Injection’s Relapse Records podcast!


Calling all Valkyrie fans! ‘Shadows’ has been nominated for Loudwire’s “Most Anticipated Release for May 2015″.

Help get this album to the top of the list by showing your support and clicking on the link below to vote!


VICE has the exclusive stream for the new Valkyrie single “Golden Age” along with an interview with Pete.

Check it out and PRE-ORDER “Shadows”, the full length album by Valkyrie on Relapse Records – HERE!

From Brotherhood to Baroness: An Interview with Pete Adams of Valkyrie | NOISEY
The Baroness guitarist opens up about his new album with the long-running Valkyrie. Stream a new track while you’re here.


We are very pleased to announce the first wave of confirmed acts:

– Thrash legends Whiplash
– Virginia’s Valkyrie (new album due out this year on Relapse Records!)
– Metal Blade Records newest signing Secrets of the Sky from Oakland, CA
– Pennsylvania sludge masters Secret Cutter
– Arizona’s Godhunter
– Austin, Texas’ Destroyer of Light

More band announcements coming in the next few days. Advance tickets go on sale May 1!


Head to Guitar World to hear ‘Mountain Stomp’, the first new single from ‘Shadows’!
The new album arrives May 19th. Pre-order your CDs, LPs, and merch from Relapse Records here:


The new album ‘Shadows’ is now available for pre-order via Relapse Records! Grab your CDs, LPs, and merch here:

Hear the first sample of new music here:

Pre-order on Bandcamp:

Stay tuned for more music and info!


Welcome to the new Valkyrie website VALKYRIEBAND.COM!



We are so happy and excited to announce that we have just finished recording our third full-length album.  Sanford Parker, who has worked with tons of awesome bands, and plays in many sweet bands himself, worked as an engineer and producer. We tracked everything at Earth Analog Studios, outside of Champaign,  Illinois. It the best recording experience we have had yet- and working with Sanford, as well as Matt and Bryan from Earth Analog was a true pleasure!  Very soon we will have an announcement about what label will be handling the release.


Legendary horror-punk and gothic death rock group led by Glenn Danzig has asked Pete to play guitar for a limited run of exclusive fly-in dates for a short run of reunion dates this September and October. More info is HERE on Danzig’s website!!  Crazy stuff huh?


Linked here are three different photo sessions taken during recent live appearances. Thanks to these photographers!!

GREG ENXEL, Southgate House, Newport, KY, July 18

VISUAL MASSACRE WEBZINE, Reggie’s, Chicago, July 12

TY RATERMAN, Southgate House, Newport, KY, July 18