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Valborg - Romantik [Temple of Torturous - 2015]

Valborg are a German project who blend together elements melodic yet chugging doom, simmering & slow 80’s synth moodiness, theatrical yet dark metal craft, and a pinch of gloomy pop.  Romantik is the bands 5th full length.

The band have been in existence since the early 2000’s, and by all accounts started off as a progressive doom/ death metal project- but really now I’d say they are now  memorable & dark pop laced doom metal. Think a more synth based, theatrical & Germanic take on Type O Negative, & you’ll get an idea of what to expect here.

The album offers up six tracks in all, and these run between the five to eight minutes a piece.  And each of the tracks mangers to both bring together slow marching doomy memorably, atmosphere, and  a slightly campy dark-ness.  Vocally the band more from anthemic chanted  male vocals, onto theatrical dark pop, through to a few more growled & shirked moments. All of the tracks here are in the german tongue which add a nice edge to the proceedings.

With Romantik Valborg have created an album that it’s both heavy, moody, yet highly memorable. So if you enjoy tuneful yet darkly ‘n’ moody doom/ synth music this is well worth a look.

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Roger Batty
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