Fortress of Primal Grace
NSP 162 :
Vallendusk - Fortress of Primal Grace DigiCD
Release date: March 30th, 2018
is a Black Metal band from Indonesia, founded in 2011. The band cites
the mid 90’s wave of Black Metal, melodic Death Metal and Doom as their
major source of inspirations, both musically and aesthetically.
Nevertheless they also draw influences from classical, ambient, martial
hymns, and folk music of all sorts.
The result is a brand of Melodic Black Metal that to fans is instantly
recognizable as Vallendusk, and has become more and more refined with
each release, with the new output being the band’s strongest to date.
There are many remarkable passages on the album which lift the songs to
a completely different level. All the riffs and melodies are flowing,
extrapolated from each other, building and releasing their energy,
moving through ups and downs with smooth joints & breaks in
between, and climaxing several times.
The basis of the new album is still Atmospheric Black Metal but there
are more diverse elements in it than before, most noteworthy those of
Swedish melodic Death Metal á la In Flames.
The first press of the CD comes as Collector’s Edition in Digipack with 8-page booklet, limited to 1000 copies.
1. The Presences (10:38)
2. In Reverie (7:11)
3. Coronation (8:36)
4. At the Heart of the Storm (6:50)
5. Eons (8:47)
6. Higher Ground (9:48)
7. The Shield (8:15)
a thoroughly enjoyable album with a unique twist on the Black Metal
genre. Some of the longstanding traditional sounds are here, but
“Fortress of Primal Grace” blazes its own trail into the dark night,
using some folk sounds, building columns of melody, and majestic
interludes that awaken your sense of enchantment."
8/10 - www.metal-temple.com