Northern California's Valdur have returned with a new recording which continues the raw mixture of black and death metal from previous releases and this is a review of their 2018 album "Goat Of Iniquity" which will be released in October by Bloody Mountain Records.
Dark soundscapes start off the album before going into a heavier direction while the faster sections of the songs also use a great amount of blast beats along with the vocals being bestial death metal growls as well as the riffs also utilizing dark sounding melodies at times and some of the tracks a re very long and epic in length.
Elements of war metal can also be heard during the faster sections of the songs while goat sounds and spoken word samples can also be heard briefly on a couple of the tracks along with the tremolo picking also giving the music more of a raw feeling as throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
At the music has its ritualistic moments, as the album progresses grim black metal screams can also be heard briefly while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound and when guitar solos and leads are finally brought onto the recording they are done in a very raw and melodic style , noises and synths can also be heard on the closing track.
Valdur creates another recording that remains true to the raw mixture of black and death metal from previous releases, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Valdur and if you are a fan of raw black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Divine Halls Of Obscurity Pt. 1" and "Inhale The Floodgates Open". 8/5 out of 10.