This is the review of the new album from Northern California's Valdur which shows them going for more of a black/death metal sound with the recording being called "At War With" and was released by Bloody Mountain Records during the year of 2013.
"Enter" which is the intro for the album opens up with dark sounding synths an d spoken word samples as well as some distorted noises.
"Conjuring The Fire Plagues" which is also the first official song on the album begins with heavy and raw black/death metal guitar and bass riffs along with some drums and a few seconds alter blackened death metal growls kick in as well as blast beats which also leads up to some chaotic sounding war metal guitar leads before alternating between mid paced and fast parts and you can also hear melody in the guitar riffing.
"Death Winds Will Cleanse" opens up with dark and melodic guitar riffing before adding in bass guitars and drums which also utilize blast beats as well as the guitar riffing getting more primitive which also leads to the black/death metal vocals kicking in and the song sticks mostly to slow and mid paced parts while also speeding up at times.
"Incantre" begins with slow and heavy guitar riffs, drums and blackened death metal growls and you can hear bass guitars in the background before the music speeds up a bit and adds in bestial black metal elements and a few seconds alter the music speeds up a bit and adds in blast beats.
"Vast" kicks in with evil sounding choirs and a few seconds alter clean playing and blast beats from the drums kick in along with bass guitars and the song is mostly instrumental with no screams, growls or regular guitars.
"At War With the Old World" which is also the title track of the album opens up with dark sounding synths and war sounds before adding in heavy, dark and melodic guitar riffs along with drums and a minute alter the music speeds up a bit, adds in blast beats along with black/death metal growls and screams and towards the end the music starts to alternate between slow and fast parts.
"The Calm Before War" comes in with heavy guitar riffs and drums and a few seconds alter the music speeds up along with blast beats along with some growls a few seconds later and then the music starts to alternate between slow and fast parts as well as bringing in a small amount of guitar solos and leads.
"Hellish Dischord" hits it off with spoken word samples and wind sounds before adding in fast guitar and bass riffs along with blast beats from the drums and after awhile the music goes into a slower direction along with some dark sounding melodies and then alternating between fast and slow parts.
"Hammer Pit" is introduced with bell sounds before adding in heavy guitar riffs, drums and deep growls and after awhile the music speeds up a bit along with some blast beats and melodic guitar riffing and the song close with synths.
"Outro(Creation Pt. II)" closes the album with avant garde sounding noises and blast beats from the drums along with some heavy and melodic guitar and bass riffs and you can also hear a small amount of black metal screams in the background and towards the end there is also a brief use of synths being utilized.
Song lyrics cover Satanism and War themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on t his recording.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Valdur and if you are a fan of black/death metal, you should check out the album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Conjuring The Fire Plagues" "At War With the Old World" and "Hammer Pit". RECOMMENDED BUY.