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WLM Reviews: Valor – Arrogance: The Fall

July 31, 2017

When you tend to focus on one area of the metal universe more than others, acts start to sound like one another. Is that the case with Greece’s Valor

The band, out of Athens, Greece, has been around for about 15 years and come to us with their third album titled, Arrogance: The Fall. A pretty interesting title, this six-piece metal outfit caters to a more European metal sound. This ten-track album that plays roughly around 45-minutes brings in a great array of elements like galloping, punchy chorus lines, groovy affairs, blast beats, some symphonics at times and more. Personally, I found the album to be along the lines of power metal and the NWOBHM. While there are a generous amount of favorable elements, they don’t differentiate themselves from the competition, rather they stay on par with what typical bands of such sounds would carry.

The opening track, Uprising, is purely instrumental and keen on a conglomerate of power meets symphonic metal. I felt the track was going towards a more epic direction but lacked something, just can’t pinpoint what exactly. But the title track, Arrogant Fall, comes in with some great neoclassical leads, galloping riffs and definitive basslines. There is a slightly medieval sounding atmosphere to this one meanwhile the vocals are slightly tame and could have been a little louder, at least in the production value. The Crown of Evermore comes with some piano and is very much driven and charged head on by the guitars and drums. I think the wait was worth it once you reach this point into the album.

Pandora’s Gift, has a slight Dream Theater feel to it. There’s a slightly experimental notion attached by a dominant progressive atmosphere. Vocalist Vaggelis Krouskas, really starts to get out of his comfort zone in the track In Another Time. Personally, this is my favorite track of the album as there is a dual melodic assault by the guitars throughout the track and more so in the killer shred solo that went above and beyond my expectations at this point into it. I was a little disappointed by the time I reached the end of the album with the track, No Angel’s Face. The track is not bad at all, it’s the fact that the wildest and more action-packed track was saved until the end while also asking why they didn’t release more energy at all throughout the album. Blast beats, thrash, brash, and the works, a track a devoted metalhead would want is here. The synthy keyboards add a tasty stimulant, the guitars and double bass work together to deliver a climactic end which I wish they had showed more of their wild side.

This is a pretty tame album, I’ll tell you that. While there could have been more variety and more surprises, the album does its job and gives a satisfactory performance. Overall, it’s catchy fortitude and structure deem this one worthy of checking out at least once. I wouldn’t necessarily pick this album if I were to choose a great power metal album but if I heard it, I wouldn’t object to it either. So does Valor sound like the competition? Not really but perhaps we will see a more ravenous side to them next time. Nonetheless, the album is a great stepping stone to those who want to immerse themselves into the world of power metal and don’t want any surprises hurled at them. Stay Metal \m/

Official Website: http://www.valor.gr/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valorgr
Twitter: https://twitter.com/valor_gr

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