Readers’ Bands: Valhalla Rising Are Rough And Raw

Ontario band could benefit from a producer

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Valhalla Rising

This week, I decided to take some time out of my day to devote to Valhalla Rising, a London, Ontario-based four-piece that deals in straight fucking metal that’s raw and unrefined.

This band could benefit from a producer, as you’ll see from the tune (a pre-production number) that follows at the end of this post.


A member of the band contacted us not that long ago (OK, it was actually a long time ago…) to tell us they “read the site every morning on the way to work. I enjoy that you speak the truth about a lot of shitty bands that say they are ‘metal.’”

That’s what we do around here. We specialize in the truth. Not like all those corporate metal blogs that are beholden to the petty whims of their advertisers.

“Anyways you probably get a thousand emails from low-level local bands, but we have been getting a good reaction to our pre-prod stuff so I thought I would take a shot an send it your way,” the email says.

And I’m glad you did. Valhalla Rising are a band that should be signed, and should be working with a producer of some repute.

They’ve certainly got the skills, they’ve certainly got technical prowess and melodic sensibilities…but the following tracks are rough as fuck, and need some polishing.

The band has an EP out called Only Death Will Set Us Apart. The following songs appear on it.

Is it the best music you will ever hear? No. This band’s got some growing to do. Still, you can tell that with a little refinement, these dudes could be awesome.

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