“'This is wading through blood and guts stuff. Huge meaty riffs and ripping vocals driven on by a thunderous rhythm section.' Ave Noctum (2017)”
Formed in late 2013, Valafar is a Death Metal band from Bradford, West Yorkshire. Compromised of Wayne Jackson, Neil Blanchett, Kyle Moon, Nige Mason and Ben Cook.
Valafar have released two full length albums ‘Helheim’ (2015) and ‘Wolfenkind’ (2018), both which have attained excellent reviews and recognition from press and fans alike.
Valafar have built a solid reputation in the UK underground scene through their powerful live performances having shared the stage with internationally recognised bands such as Grand Magus, Orange Goblin, Evile and Manegarm to name a few.
Valafar have performed relentlessly across the UK playing to packed stages at Bloodstock, HRH Vikings and Manorfest amongst others. With numerous shows lined up across Europe and the UK for 2020 Valafar are constantly looking to break new ground.
'This album is an epic and balanced piece of Extreme Metal that is heavy as hell while being melodic and full of atmosphere. The songwriting and musicianship are both excellent with a really unique sound that I found really enjoyable. Some crushing new material and an epic addition to the UK underground! -8/10' (Nattskog)
There are eight songs here, not one filler, not one too many to make it a chore. Jumps the longship, raids, gets out leaving a smoking ruin. The guys here have, for me, outdone my wishful ideas. Fist on heart I have genuinely not heard a better death metal album all year and haven’t heard one from the UK anywhere near to this in an age. Really. No hyperbole. Someone like Trollzorn or bigger needs to pick this up for distribution now! This is a coming of age album, stepping up into the shield wall and declaring intentions. Valafar, congratulations. Valhalla awaits. 9/10. (Ave Noctum)