Vald are a band from the United States that plays a very raw and old school form of black metal and this is a review of their 2012 demo which was released by Vanguard Productions.
A very raw and old school early 90's black metal sound starts off the demo before adding in blast beats and small amounts of dark melodies which then set the pace fro some grim vocals and screams along with some primal aggression and repetitive style guitar riffing which is a dominant factor on the recording.
On the following tracks the band sticks to a fast and raw black metal sound bringing back the best element s of the early Norwegian and French bands along with a touch of early Black Funeral and the music sounds like it could of easily been recorded 20 years ago with its very raw, dark and ugly sound and on the later tracks they also start adding in more slow and mid paced parts along with a small amount of melodic chanting while the faster sections of the first 2 tracks calm down a bit and the last song is all instrumental.
While there is nothing original about Vald's approach to old school raw black metal they still create some truly dark music that would not disappoint a fan of this genre and the songs do contain the best elements this genre has to offer, the production is very raw and old school sounding while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Vald are a very great sounding raw and old school black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this demo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "I" and "III". 8 out of 10.