Album Year: 2012
Genre: Progressive Metal
Location: Melbourne, Australia
A young band out of the Melbourne, Australia area, I, Valiance is a band that lets their music do the talking. Mixing elements of death metal and hardcore is often a combination that gets overdone, leading to breakdown after breakdown, while leaving the listener wondering where the actual riffs were. That’s not the case with I, Valiance. This band keeps the focus on creating music without the restrictions that the scene tends to trap young bands in. From clean guitar breaks to deep growls to unique timing patterns, this band has a little bit of something for all metal fans to get into.
The EP starts off with an intro, Dimensional; Separation, that features an extended bass lead-in before kicking in heavy with a bass drop. Breaking immediately into it, the vocals cut through the music aggressively while the opening riff groove in the background, before finishing the song in a two-step beat, showing off the bands hardcore roots. On the first full track of the EP, Evolutionist Structured, the concept of the album starts to come into focus with references to Prometheus throughout. A quick brush-up on your Greek mythology couldn’t hurt at this point, as the lyrics are well crafted to tell the story. The song itself starts at a breakneck pace that leads into chugging riffs. It features clean instrumental passages as well as heavy start-and-stop riffs that grab the listener’s attention immediately.
On track three, Sacrificial Birth, the guitar work really starts to shine through as a solo sets the tone for the buildup to the ending of the song. If you’re looking for that big breakdown, this is the part that will get you moving. Rebirth; Void picks up where the last track left off, only this time it’s the vocalist’s time to shine with crushing lows and piercing highs to start the song out. The guitars sweep through with riffs that will make your head bob, slightly reminiscent of early Bury Your Dead. Track five, Evolutionist, is a haunting interlude that calms you before the EP title track Prometheus brings closure to both the story and the album with one of the better breakdowns exhibited.
Overall, Prometheus is a promising effort from I, Valiance, and one that should appeal to metal fans both young and old. I would recommend this album for fans of The Faceless and Veil of Maya, as it’s a release that you really need to pay attention to. Read along with the lyrics to get the full experience, but it’s well worth the listen.