Reviewed: September 2017
Released: 2017, Independent
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Valhalla Vintage is a short, straight-forward blast of modern hard rock with a glaze of metallic shine. The five-song EP is simply 20 minutes of power and cheese, fuelled by booze, raw energy and an absolutely unashamed pride in its roots.
The vocals screech and bellow, the guitars blaze, the bass rumbles, the chorus’ are catchy, everything hurtles forward with a thunderous pace. The whole little package is just as advertised, you know exactly what to expect going in, and that’s what you get. This means Valhalla Vintage neither disappoints nor really surprises.
“Taste of the Kill” is the weakest one on here, lacking the same raw power some of the other tracks manage, while “Valhalla Vintage” itself and “Be the Grizzly” show off the best the EP has to offer. The former is a short two minute blast of Primal Fear-esque passion, and the latter, despite the amusing title, packs in a lot of punch, and probably the best vocal performance on here.
There’s not a lot more to be said here. If you fancy 20 minutes of hard rock with modern production but old school sensibilities, then here it is. Listening to it, I do feel like Death Valley Knights would be a real blast to experience live, given how much sheer energy they put into the performances. As for Valhalla Vintage, it is what it is, not the most original of works in the genre, but competently done.
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