Valfreya are a band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada that has been featured before in this zien and plays a mixture of folk and melodic black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Promised Land".
Stringed instruments start off the album along with some symphonic elements and keyboards a few seconds later and after the intro they go into a heavier direction while also keeping the symphonic elements and the vocals also bring in a mixture of death metal growls and black metal screams while the solos and leads are very melodic.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and back up vocals are also used at times along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some songs also bring in both male and female clean singing vocals and as the album progresses more folk music elements are added onto the recording and spoken word parts along with acoustic guitars are also used briefly and all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the fast riffs also use a great amount of tremolo picking.
Valfreya remain true to the folk and melodic black/death metal mixture of previous releases, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Nordic Paganism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Valfreya and if you are a fan of folk and melodic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Odin's Fury" "Shame And Despair" "Promised Land" and "Evolution". 8 out of 10.