Canadian progressive/power death metal act Valyria announced the new EP "Into the Dying Of Time," which will be issued on May 18th. Stoked for the fans to hear the EP, the band teamed up with ToiletOvHell to reveal the first single "Steel Inquisition" over here, but you can just check it out in the player above.
With the world becoming a darker place by the day, we need more metal bands that deal in Realistic Escapism; that is escapism that draws from events in the real world (see Joseph Campbell’s seminal ‘Hero With A Thousand Faces’ for more) and helps the listeners cope heroically with their own daily battles. The aural equivalent of the work of George R.R. Martin!
Indeed, Alberta power-influenced progressive death metal band Valyria takes its name from the works of the aforementioned Martin. As the band explains: “Valyria is a ruined city in the world of Essos, the world in which George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ takes place. Valyria is a city of wonderment, magic and untold power. The aesthetic Martin creates within his novels is a similar atmosphere to that we as a band try to conjure with our music.”
Influenced by Wintersun, The Faceless, Dragonforce, Blind Guardian and Omnium Gatherum, Valyria describes the sound as “dramatic, complex, uplifting, emotional, technical” something fans will be able to hear on their new EP "Into The Dying of Time," which features such soon-to-be-classics as "Steel Inquisition", "Tome of The Shattered Vessels", "Of Sky and Sea", "The Crossing" and "Floating World".
The band comments: “We have spent the better part of a year arranging and recording the music and it has been a very long but rewarding process. All four of us combined our influences and styles into something that we are truly proud of. For those about to hear 'Steel Inquisition', it is a fast technical melodic death metal track with a strong power metal chorus and an epic conclusion designed to get the crowd moving and start things off with a bang. It is also an updated recording of its 2016 demo version. It features entirely new vocal tracks, slight differences in composition, and a new mix and master. The song is a retelling of Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy novel 'Mistborn', with a particular focus on the character Kelsier and his actions in creating a legend to lead a revolution through sacrifice."
The track listing and artwork can be found here:
1. The Final Empire (Intro) 2. Steel Inquisition 3. Tome of Shattered Vessels 4. Of Sky and Sea
5. The Crossing 6. Floating World 7. Into the Dying of Time (Outro)