VALLENFYRE’s second album, Splinters, is set to be unleashed tomorrow (May 13) in North America via Century Media Records! In anticipation of this release, the band is proud to premiere the video for the album’s title track as another preview of Splinters: http://metalhammer.co.uk/news/2014-05-12/exclusive-vallenfyre-splinters-video
Greg Mackintosh (vocals, guitar) comments: “We wanted to make an unconventional video for a crushingly, dark song. The title track ‘Splinters’, whilst not the most obvious choice musically because of its ultra slow tempo, made perfect sense when taken in context with the lyrics. There was never even discussion of a typical performance video as they are generally the style that 99% of metal bands choose, which is fine, but we wanted to make a short film. Using a cinematography style set somewhere between the film ‘Begotten’ and F.W.Murnau’s ‘Nosferatu’, the video tells the story of a man who finds a splinter growing from his side and as his condition worsens, the embodiment of his disease tries to take a hold. Hopefully this makes for a more interesting video than us just banging our heads, which no doubt we will be doing on stage sometime soon.”
To hear more of Splinters, be sure to check out the following previously released tracks:
“Odious Bliss”: https://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/vallenfyre-odious-bliss
Best known as a founding member of UK gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST, Greg Mackintosh transformed the anger and sadness ensuing the loss of his father into VALLENFYRE’s death/doom/crust debut, A Fragile King (2011). This heartfelt and cathartic release is now followed-up by the even more abrasive and extreme second full-length, Splinters. Inspired by the likes of HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST, AUTOPSY, ANTISECT, DISCHARGE, NIHILIST, early NAPALM DEATH, early BATHORY, and CONFLICT, VALLENFYRE continues to dig deep into the roots of extreme music– yet due to Greg’s infallible song-writing skills, as well as the crushing sound courtesy of producer Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, BLACK BREATH, BEASTMILK), Splinters is far from mere nostalgia.
To pre-order the album, head over to CM Distro for a variety of formats: www.smarturl.it/vallenfyreCMD. Read on for a few international reviews of the critically acclaimed Splinters:
“The writhing guitar melody, the truly titanic chugging, the cavernous vocals, the obliterating drumwork – it all combines to exert a powerful, primal appeal, and an atmosphere drenched in bleakness.” — NO CLEAN SINGING.com
“…a crushing, vitriolic thing full of grief and rage.” — STEREOGUM.com
“…absolutely ruthless.” — HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY.com
“Its masterful melding of HELLHAMMER / CELTIC FROST, NIHILIST / ENTOMBED, AUTOPSY, DISCHARGE and various other influences deliver a rare treat for lovers of old-school death metal and crustpunk.” — METAL HAMMER UK
“VALLENFYRE squelch their way through fetid piles of deathly riffs and growls with more genuine morbidity than most of the young pups who weren’t born when Gregor was first hacking up these sorts of riffs.” — KERRANG
Greg Mackintosh (PARADISE LOST) – Vocals and Lead Guitars
Hamish Glencross (MY DYING BRIDE) – Rhythm and Lead Guitars
Scoot (DOOM, EXTINCTION OF MANKIND) – Bass
Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST, THE HAUNTED) – Drums
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