Blacken Your Horizon With This Exclusive Valgrind Album Stream
Where’s all the good death metal these days? SSSSSSPPAAAAAAAAACCCCEEEEEEE
Just over a month ago we introduced a bunch of you to rising Italian death metal force, Valgrind. If that premiere of the record’s title track served as your entry ticket to the sci-fi spectacle that is the Blackest Horizon, then today is show time. Dim the lights, grab the popcorn, turn your phone off, and shut the fuck up. If you’re a fan of some of the biggest names in 90’s death (Pestilence, Morbid Angel, Death, Nocturnus), then you’ll be as stoked as I’ve been with this album. The last three tracks in particular (which form the ‘Last Angel’ trilogy), make Blackest Horizon worth the entry fee alone. Rather than try to repeat my thoughts on the record from the first premiere post, I’ll copy them verbatim BUT put them in blockquote. Chequemate, science.
Blackest Horizon has a very welcome breadth of scope relative to many other albums of its ilk, functioning as a comprehensive compendium of classic death metal presented in an engaging yet extremely unequivocal manner. Blackest Horizon recalls many of the stylistic elements of 90’s USDM albeit with a more modern production value, sprinkles in some Mediterranean-flavoured melody, spacey-synths, warped leads, loads it all up into a hadron collider and smashes that shit together, with unpredictable results.
See what I’m talking about? Valgrind have really blasted off with this one. Blackest Horizon is at once a serious sci-fi death metal tour de force, and a fun-as-fuck ride through neck-snapping riffs, shredding solos, and pummelling drumming, all complimented by the visceral MvD-esque vocal display. If all that isn’t enough for you to get into this album, I don’t know what else to tell you, apart from the obvious “GTFO poser scum“.
Valgrind‘s Blackest Horizon comes out on Friday, grab your copy now through Everlasting Spew Records on CD (+T-Shirt) or digitally on their Bandcamp page.