If you haven’t yet heard about Vallenfyre, then you must be new to NCS, because we’ve been frothing at the mouth about them ever since August, when we heard samples of a couple of songs and few people knew the identities of the band members (see our first post here and our update here). Now, the mystery has been solved, and the debut Vallenfyre album, A Fragile King, is due for release by Century Media on November 1.
Since our last post, there have been lots of developments coming out of the Vallenfyre camp. Most recently, as in today, a new song from the album premiered on the DECIBEL web site. The song is called “Desecration”, and in a much-appreciated display of generosity, DECIBEL has made the song stream embeddable, allowing us to play it for you right after the jump — but it will only be streaming for two days. I’m rushing at the moment, so I won’t try to craft a description — I’ll just say you need to hear it. (DECIBEL did provide a nice description of the music, and I’m including that after the jump, too.)
Also, (1) Vallenfyre now has a Facebook page (here); (2) you can hear snippets of all the songs on Amazon UK here; (3) you can pre-order the CD and a shirt here; and (4) the eye-catching album art is out (though you probably guessed that one already, didn’t you?).
After the jump, the song. Also, Vallenfyre rules.
Here’s the DECIBEL description of the music:
Vallenfyre’s debut album, The Fragile King, blends Mackintosh’s early influences—a bit of Celtic Frost, bloody stumps of Autopsy, Nihilist’s frosty heaviness, the dissonance of Amebix, Discharge’s no-frills drive, a sustained riff or two from Candlemass, and Trouble’s doomed tendencies—into a sonic force that, especially considering the age of its lineup, bites deep and hard. Most importantly, it doesn’t feel manufactured. The trademark HM-2 heft is there, but Mackintosh and Glencross’ penchant for the morose lends a new air to NWOODM (New Wave of Old-School Death Metal).