Sunday 2 February 2014

VALFADER - Opening - Single Review

Album Type:Single
Date Released: Feb 2014
Label: Self Released

Opening track listing:

1.Opening – 14:22


Valfader was born in the summer of 2010 at a local drinking hole in Bath and at stage two studios.

We're three guys with valved amps, big drums, heavy riffs and appreciate of all things heavy and doomy. We know what we like and we hope that you (the listener) like and enjoy the music too.

Valfader’s music is designed to transport the listener through the constructs of sonic landscapes, layered with a variety of sounds and conflicting emotions. At the foundations of the tracks are brutal riffs and heavy doom combined with passages of despair and tension. Release from this colossus of tension is offered by the lighter, more melodic passages that offer a hope of overcoming.

The Band Members

Dean - Guitar / Vocals
Matt - Bass
Gaz - Drums / Vocals


So UK Sludge Rock Trio Valfader are back with an epic new single called – Opening – and so soon after their blistering and superb debut release – Whispers Of Chaos – which caused quite a stir within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal scene.

So what does this epic 14:22 minute have in store with us. Well it's a great epic track that's for sure. Evoking memories of 70s UK Prog Rock Music with the epic riffs going on for a very long time indeed and that is no bad thing if you're a fan of Progressive Sludge/Stoner Metal music.

Valfader have really outdone themselves here. The instrumental work is awe-inspiring at times. You would expect a song like this from a legendary Prog Rock band. Not a band like Valfader. And I do mean that as a compliment. Their song-writing has came on leaps and bounds since their debut release. Imagine Mastodon jamming with YES then that's the vibe you get from OPENING.

You will lose your mind, body and soul as OPENING features some heavy bone crunching riffs indeed. Play this track nice and loud to fully understand it's power.

Now my only complaint is the clean based vocals could of done with a bit more volume to make them a little more powerful. As Valfader are pitch-perfect with the louder and heavier grizzled vocals. I just wanted the cleaner vocals to have a bit more volume to them. But other than that it's another excellent release from Valfader.

OPENING proves that Valfader are one of the UK's brightest hopes. Lets see where they go next on their next release.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

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Written by Steve Howe