Swedish dark synthwave group, Valhall, are currently streaming their second full-length, Grimoire, at DreadCentral.com. The album will be released on February 9th, and fans of ’80s synth or the movies that feature such soundtracks (or TV shows like Stranger Things) will want to mark their calendars because after a quick listen this album sounds awesome. Yes, it sounds inspired and inspiring… one of those recordings that gives you the urge to sit down and create.
So, what is a grimoire? A grimoire is a book of magical knowledge. Such a book may contain lists of angels and demons, directions on casting charms and spells, on mixing medicines, summoning unearthly entities, and making talismans. Grimoires contain secret knowledge and have been in use since ancient times.
As we’ve been told:
The grimoire of Valhall is inspired by, but not limited to, such knowledge. It draws its power from the ancient and the current, from the arcane and the technological. It serves to give the listener excerpts of fantasies and folklore, myths and truths, dreams and nightmares. Grimoire is a collection of electronic darkwave songs, wrapped in a coat of witchhouse and neofolk that Valhall is known for.
The album features guest violin contributions from Jessica Pimentel (Maria Ruiz in Orange Is the New Black) and lead singer of the Brooklyn-based metal band Alekhine’s Gun. Pimentel also recently contributed violins to Origin’s Nuclear Blast release Unparalleled Universe and has said that Valhall is one of her favorite bands.
Pre-order or stream songs from Grimoire via iTunes.
Rock Hard \m/