Valdrin are a band from Ohio that plays a very melodic and symphonic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Beyond The Forest" which was released by Blast Head Records.
Nature sounds and bells start off the album along with some distortion and whispers a few seconds later along with some avant garde sounding pianos which lead up to symphonic sounding synths starting to kick in.
After the intro the music goes into a more fast black metal direction along with some blast beats as well as adding in grim vocals and atmospheric elements along with a good amount of melody as well as thrash and death metal influences being a huge part of the guitar riffing and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length, when acoustic guitars are added into the music they bring a folk and progressive feeling to the album along with a good amount of classical guitars while the lead guitars are very melodic and talented sounding guitar solos.
The synths bring in the symphonic black metal elements and they are more close to the 90's side of the genre and there is also a small amount of spoken word parts being utilized at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and on some of the later tracks a small amount of death metal growls are utilized while the main focus is still more on the black metal vocals and the album is very diverse in sound while also remaining heavy most of the time.
Valdrin bring back the 90's symphonic and black metal sound s of the 90s to create an album that is very old school yet very heavy all at the same time along with elements of thrash and brutal death metal, the production is very professional sound and the lyrics cover dark and supernatural themes.
In my opinion Valdrin are a very great sounding melodic and symphonic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Beyond The Forest" "Impaled Visions Breed Within The Vines" "Come Forth" and "Forgotten Souls". 8/5 out of 10.