Mazzie's Music Magorium
Punk and Metal Album Reviews
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Vallenfyre "A Fragile King"

I picked up a copy from a local metal shop today and listened to it as soon as I got home.  I've been looking forward to get a copy for a while and finally got the opportunity to buy it.  Vallenfyre is founded by Gregor Mackintosh of Paradise Lost along with members of PL, My Dying Bride, and some other band.  Mackintosh decided to form a old school style death metal band and Vallenfyre is the new superband full of famous musicians.  Same idea as Shrinebuilder and etc. 

This album is excellent old school death metal sound with big doom influences ala Entombed and Celtic Frost.  However there is nothing new with the sound but don't let that stop you from getting this album.  It's definitely great solid album.  The guitar riffs are heavy and dirty sounding.  The vocals is very gritty and really brought the sound together. The production is excellent and very gritty sounding without being too muddy and losing the clarity of being able to hear all the instruments. 

The artwork is excellent and I'm even considering buying a vinyl version of this album just for the artwork and listening to this on the good ol' wax! 

Definitely recommended for all death metal fan!

Score: 8.5/10

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