Apr 172014

We were early and avid supporters of A Fragile King, the 2011 debut album by the all-star UK group known as Vallenfyre. It was a very personal album for all involved but especially the band’s founder Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost), who started the band after the death of his father. It could have been a one-off kind of project, but the reception to A Fragile King was so positive and the experience was obviously pleasurable enough for the band members that they have come roaring back with a second album — Splinters (produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge). Here’s a hint: it’s even better than the debut.

We wrote about the first advance track from the new album (“Scabs”) last month, and today we’re happy as hell to premiere another new song — “Odious Bliss”. After a massively heavy doom-shrouded opening, it begins to rumble and rush like a demon freight train with the throttle wide open, driven by Adrian Erlandsson’s jolting drumwork and a load of skull-splitting riffage.

The ill melody has a way of insinuating itself into your head almost immediately, and Greg Mackintosh sounds gargantuan. Speaking of gargantuan, wait ’til you hear the guitar and bass tone — utterly pulverizing, and odiously blissful.

Greg Mackintosh had this to say about the song: “‘Odious Bliss’ is basically a song about self-medicating– whether it is morphine for the terminally ill, or pills and drink for mental and physical afflictions. How it makes everything feel better, but at what cost? Musically, it is steeped in ancient FROST, but with a good coating of VALLENFYRE filth.”

Splinters is now scheduled for release by Century Media on May 12 in Europe and May 13 in North America. It can be pre-ordered on vinyl or CD here.

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20 Responses to “AN NCS PREMIERE: VALLENFYRE — “ODIOUS BLISS””

  1. Leperkahn says:

    Tasty. Kurt Ballou made something sound filthy and beautiful simultaneously once again.

  2. Damn. It’s gonna be a long wait until May 13.

  3. [...] Records. To hear this second single, “Odious Bliss”, head over to No Clean Singing.com: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2014/04/17/an-ncs-premiere-vallenfyre-odious-bliss/ Greg Mackintosh (vocals/lead guitars) comments: “‘Odious Bliss’ is basically a [...]

  4. [...] Records. To hear this second single, “Odious Bliss”, head over to No Clean Singing.com: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2014/04/17/an-ncs-premiere-vallenfyre-odious-bliss/ Greg Mackintosh (vocals/lead guitars) comments: “‘Odious Bliss’ is basically a [...]

  5. [...] http://www.nocleansinging.com/2014/04/17/an-ncs-premiere-vallenfyre-odious-bliss/ Greg Mackintosh (vocals/lead guitars) comments: “‘Odious Bliss’ is basically a song about self-medicating– whether it is morphine for the terminally ill, or pills and drink for mental and physical afflictions. How it makes everything feel better, but at what cost? Musically, it is steeped in ancient FROST, but with a good coating of VALLENFYRE filth.” Best known as a founding member of UK gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST, Greg Mackintosh transformed the anger and sadness ensuing the loss of his father into VALLENFYRE’s death/doom/crust debut, A Fragile King (2011). This heartfelt and cathartic release is now followed-up by the even more abrasive and extreme second full-length, Splinters. Inspired by the likes of HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST, AUTOPSY, ANTISECT, DISCHARGE, NIHILIST, early NAPALM DEATH, early BATHORY, and CONFLICT, VALLENFYRE continues to dig deep into the roots of extreme music– yet due to Greg’s infallible song-writing skills, as well as the crushing sound courtesy of producer Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, BLACK BREATH, BEASTMILK), Splinters is far from mere nostalgia. For another preview of Splinters, be sure to check out the previously released single, “Scabs“. To pre-order the album in various formats, head over to CM Distro:http://smarturl.it/vallenfyreCMD Splinters track-listing 1. Scabs 2. Bereft 3. Instinct Slaughter 4. Odious Bliss 5. Savages Arise 6. Aghast 7. The Wolves Of Sin 8. Cattle 9. Dragged To Gehenna 10. Thirst For Extinction 11. Splinters VALLENFYRE line-up: Greg Mackintosh (PARADISE LOST) – Vocals and Lead Guitars Hamish Glencross (MY DYING BRIDE) – Rhythm and Lead Guitars Scoot (DOOM, EXTINCTION OF MANKIND) – Bass Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST, THE HAUNTED) – Drums VALLENFYRE online: http://www.vallenfyre.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/Vallenfyre Share this:TwitterFacebookStumbleUponEmailPinterestPrintPocketDiggRedditGoogleLinkedInTumblrGoogle+ Like this:Like Loading… [...]

  6. djneibarger says:

    this sounds freaking awesome!! i loved “A Fragile King”!

  7. [...] To hear the second single “Odious Bliss” head over to No Clean Singing.com. [...]

  8. kmfcm says:

    it’s about damn time an ACTUALY Swedeth band recorded at Godcity

  9. Ben says:

    Man, what does this guy not produce.

    But seriously, “A Fragile King” was badass and this looks to make that a tradition. Forgot what volume my amp was at before hitting play and blew my damn head through the wall. DAT CLOSING GROOVE.

  10. kevinp says:

    This album is fr better than a Fragile King. Much more of a roller coaster ride, more interesting and catchy riffs, more crusty d beats too.

  11. [...] UK’s death metallers VALLENFYRE have unleashed a new track from their upcoming album, Splinters, due out May 12th in Europe and May 13th in North America via Century Media Records. To hear this second single, “Odious Bliss”, head over to No Clean Singing.com, HERE. [...]

  12. [...] Após o recente lançamento de “Scabs” e “…a crushing, vitriolic thing full of grief and rage”, VALLENFYRE irá disponibilizar mais uma faixa do seu vindouro álbum intitulado “Splinters”. Ouça “Odious Bliss” AQUI. [...]

  13. [...] 2014. ápr 22, 19:59 : NorthWar After recently launching “Scabs”, “…a crushing, vitriolic thing full of grief and rage” (Stereogum.com), VALLENFYRE is now ready to unleash yet another track from their upcoming album, Splinters, due out May 12th in Europe and May 13th in North America via Century Media Records. To hear this second single, “Odious Bliss“, head over to www.nocleansinging.com [...]

  14. [...] Nachdem mit “Scabs” vor kurzem die erste Hörprobe vom kommenden Album Splinters, das am 09. Mai erscheinen wird, veröffentlicht wurde, gibt es nun einen weiteren Song mit dem Titel Odious Bliss zu hören. Folgt dazu einfach folgendem Link: http://www.nocleansinging.com [...]

  15. [...] After recently launching “Scabs”, VALLENFYRE is now ready to unleash yet another track from their upcoming album, Splinters, due out May 12th in Europe and May 13th in North America via Century Media Records. Check out the second single “Odious Bliss” here. [...]

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