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Valfreya
Path To Eternity
August 2012
Released: 2012, Maple Metal Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Metal Spotlight-Part 1



About once (or twice) a year or so I’ll dig down deep into the frozen permafrost of the Canadian Metal scene and share some worthy releases with a wider audience. Since we don’t get summer up here in the Great White North I’ll bring you a little cold front of Metal albums and do a quick review of seven recent albums by newer bands from coast to coast. Being a Canadian writing for a Canadian site it is the least I can do, in a patriotic sense, to help give a little exposure to my fellow Metallions of the north but that doesn’t means they get a free ride, just because they are Canadian! These bands actually deserve your attention;



Demona (Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, Alberta)

Kemilon (Montreal, Quebec)

Striker (Edmonton, Alberta)

Titan’s Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Valfreya (Montreal, Quebec)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, Alberta)



Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature. Next month we will feature:



Auroch (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Begrime Exemious (Edmonton, Alberta)

Black Moor (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Dark Forest (Calgary, Alberta)

Maglor (Calgary, Alberta)

Odium (Walkerton, Ontario)

Ze (Calgary, Alberta)



Enjoy!



PATH TO ETERNITY is the debut album by Valfreya. Quickly signed to the Maple Metal Records label, the sextet have delivered a strong opening statement to the world. A nice album cover houses the 10 tracks, it reminds me of something you might see on a Suidakra or Cruachan album with some celtic imagery. It’s a nice booklet with lyrics and photos with a good design and layout. PATH TO ETERNITY does fall musically into the pagan/folk realm but it is also significantly heavier than the ale & accordion sound of Korpiklaani for example. There are certainly some deep Black Metal roots in the sound writing and the vocals of Crook. She has a very dynamic voice from the spoken word intro to the Black Metal croak to a clean sound, sometimes both clean and gruff on the same song such as ‘The Everlasting Star’. There are some choral gang vocals as well. The pace is generally fast, although there are some nice tempo changes. The guitar tone is clear at times and the production is fine and you can hear the different instruments well, such as some piano, cello and so on. PATH TO ETERNITY stays within the conventions of the sub-genre but the band do it very well and the added vocals power and song-writing of Crook will put the ahead of the pack.
Track Listing

1. Path to Eternity
2. Deity's Grace
3. Inferno
4. Beyond Illusions
5. Ocean's Assault
6. Confront Immensity
7. Condemned World
8. Alefest
9. My Everlasting Star
10. Glorious Death

Lineup

Crook Vocals
Grazzt Guitars
Karhu Guitars
the Pinch Bass
Shark Keyboards
Mawhjey Drums

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