Featuring current and ex-members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, and Abhorrence, in Fear Those Who Fear Him Vallenfyre deliver 39 minutes of ugly, nasty death metal.
Yep, this is underground and old-school stuff. Doom and crust influences regularly infuse the music, making for songs that are largely short and to-the-point. This doesn’t mean that the band can’t also conjure up some gritty macabre atmospheres when they need to. After all, there’s a distinct Swedish influence to this, and those chainsaws get a good workout.
There’s a great amount of variety and personality on this release. Between Swedish death-dealing, crusty grindcore, old-school death/doom, and some quality Entombed/Nihilist worship, this collection of songs is very high-value and extremely enjoyable all-round.
With many different songs straddling many different sub-genres, it’s hard to pick a favourite, (although currently I’m definitely digging the doom-infused An Apathetic Grave). Each song has its own personality and reason for existence, and each one offers something different for the listener to get their teeth into; hallmarks of a great album.
Grim, ragged deathgrowls with just the right amount of inhumanity tear out from the music, completely merciless in their delivery.
Okay, think somewhere between Autopsy, Entombed, and Discharge, with some really old-school Paradise Lost thrown in, and you’ll have a good idea of what we’re talking about here. As the combination of those bands would suggest, Vallenfyre offer catchy destructive capability twinned with substantial worth.
Man, I can’t get enough of this stuff.
Diverse, highly enjoyable, easily-digested, but ultimately satisfying; Fear Those Who Fear Him is an absolute corker.