Valfreya are a band from Montreal, Canada that plays a very melodic and symphonic form of folk/viking metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Path To Eternity" which was released by Maple Metal Records.
Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with some fast playing and blast beats, while the keyboards bring a very epic, atmospheric, and symphonic sound to the music while the folk instruments bring a very medieval pagan sound to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine the more melodic forms of black and death metal together in a more viking direction as well as a good amount of influences from traditional metal and folk music, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars they use finger picking and full chords to bring more folk elements to the music.
Vocals range from clean female singing to high pitched blackened death screams and growls, spoken word parts as well as some clean singing male viking metal chanting, while the lyrics cover Norse Mythology, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Valfreya are a very great sounding atmospheric and symphonic folk metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Inferno" "Ocean's Assault" "Alefest" and "My Everlasting Star". RECOMMENDED BUY.