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 May 19 on Relapse Records.