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Montreal, QC – April 25, 2018
For fans of Wintersun, Omnium Gatherum, Dragonforce, Children of Bodom, Blind Guardian, Kalmah, Insomnium
Metal Warriors VALYRIA Attempt “The Crossing” via Metal-Rules
New EP “Into The Dying of Time” Out May 18th
L-R – Andrew Traynor – Guitar/Vocals, Mitchell Stykalo – Drums, Jeremy Puffer – Guitar/Vocals, Cam Dakus – Bass/ Lead Vocals
With the world becoming a darker place by the day, we need more metal bands that deal in Realistic Escapism; that is escapism that draws from events in the real world (see Joseph Campbell’s seminal ‘Hero With A Thousand Faces’ for more) and helps the listeners cope heroically with their own daily battles. The aural equivalent of the work of George R.R. Martin!
Indeed, Alberta power-influenced progressive death metal band VALYRIA take their name from the works of the aforementioned Martin.
As the band explains. “Valyria is a ruined city in the world of Essos, the world in which George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ takes place. Valyria is a city of wonderment, magic and untold power. The aesthetic Martin creates within his novels is a similar atmosphere to that we as a band try to conjure with our music.”
Influenced by Wintersun, The Faceless, Dragonforce, Blind Guardian and Omnium Gatherum, VALYRIA describes their sound as “dramatic, complex, uplifting, emotional, technical” something their fans will be able to hear on their new EP “Into The Dying of Time”, which features such soon-to-be-classics as “Steel Inquisition”, “Tome of The Shattered Vessels”, “Of Sky and Sea”, “The Crossing” and “Floating World”.
Joining forces with Metal-Rules.com, VALYRIA reveal their second single “The Crossing” at the following link: http://www.metal-rules.com/2018/04/25/metal-warriors-valyria-attempt-the-crossing-via-metal-rules-new-ep-into-the-dying-of-time-out-may-18th/
The band comments:
“‘The Crossing’ is the most succinct example of our sound – equal parts djent, death and power metal, with even a tiny hint of skate punk. This song is filled with glittering keyboard and guitar melodies, brutal chugging, and soaring vocal harmonies, surrounding a lush clean section that builds up into trade-off solos book ending the album’s heaviest breakdown. ‘The Crossing’ is based on Haruki Murakami’s novel ‘Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’, an existential cyberpunk odyssey that sees our protagonist confront and cross through his own demise and live on in the world of dreams.
VALYRIA’s EP “Into The Dying of Time” will be released on May 18, 2018 and available for pre-order on Bandcamp here.
Song Stream – “Steel Inquisition” – https://youtu.be/4NJMnPw9XIo
1. The Final Empire (Intro) (0:52)
2. Steel Inquisition (6:17)
3. Tome of Shattered Vessels (5:58)
4. Of Sky and Sea (6:35)
5. The Crossing (5:38)
6. Floating World (4:26)
7. Into the Dying of Time (Outro) (2:02)
EP Length: 31:51
Jeremy Puffer – Guitar and Vocals
Cam Dakus – Bass and Lead Vocals
Andrew Traynor – Guitar and Vocals
Mitchell Stykalo – Drums
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“Where these guys really excel is in structure and atmosphere. As I said, this track reminds me of something like Rhapsody of Fire, Ensiferum or Wintersun… it definitely has that epic melodeath style sound and you don’t need me to tell you that.”-The Grim Tower,
“The album is a keeper for any melo-death fan looking for a fresh & different sound.” – Metalium
“With Collatus , Valyria has made a really successful first album: well played, well interpreted, with a very advanced songwriting and a good dose of originality. 9/10” – Metallifer