Ohio's Valdrin have returned with a new recording which shows the music continuing the melodic and symphonic mixture of black and death metal from their previous releases and this is a review of their 2020 album "Effigy of Nightmares" which will be released in June by Blood Harvest.
A very dark and synth orientated intro starts off the album while whispered vocals can also be heard briefly before going into a heavier direction. Symphonic elements are also utilized at times along with the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can also be heard.
The riffs also add in a great amount of melody while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. Tremolo picking can also be heard in some of the faster riffing along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the music also have a decent amount of 90's influences.
Elements of melodic death metal can also be heard in some parts of the recording along with some spoken word parts also being utilized briefly. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they also add in a great amount of melody as well as a couple of tracks also introducing a small amount of clean playing, acoustic guitars and spoken word parts onto the album and as the recording progresses whispered vocals also return briefly, the closing track is also very long and epic in length. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics continuing their own mythos and story of Valdrin Ausadjur.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Valdrin and if you are a fan of symphonic and melodic blackened death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Exsanguination Tunnels" and "Down The Oubliette Of Maelstrom". 8 out of 10.