Mammoth Lakes's Valdur have returned with a new recording which continues their raw mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Divine Cessation" which will be released in December by Bloody Mountain Records.
Battle horns start off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats while the vocals are mostly bestial death metal growls along with the songs also mixing in elements of war metal as well as a small amount of dark sounding melodies.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while spoken word parts can also be heard briefly along with a brief use of keyboards for a few seconds and elements of doom/death metal can also be heard in some of the slower riffing as well as the solos and leads being done in a very dark yet melodic fashion and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and one of the songs also brings in a small amount of grim black metal screams.
Valdur creates another recording that remains true to the raw mixture of black metal from previous releases, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness and occult themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Valdur and if you are a fan of bestial black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Divine Cessation" "Plague Born Of A Dying Star" and "Potent Black Orb". 8 out of 10.