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Review from Powerplay - Rock and Metal Magazine

Powerplay - Rock and Metal Magazine

Review by Marcus Jervis, issue #127 Dec/Jan 2010

Powerpoints 7

By delving into the often-overlooked parts of metal history, London-based trio Valpurgis Night have somehow crafted an album which is an absolute breath of fresh air. The band quote Judas Priest, Sepultura and Amon Amarth as big inspirations, and while there is definitely a trace of early Priest, it's hard to make a case for the other two. The real overriding influences here are the hidden gems of the NWOBHM and its myriad offshoots. If names like Angel Witch, Demon and Witchfynde mean anything to you, you'll have a good grasp of the foundations on which Valpurgis Night build their sound. Throw in some Sabbat-inspired thrash, some occasional Cathedral-style psychedelia and liberal doses of Sabbath, Trouble and Candlemass on the doomier sections, and you have all the ingredients for what should be adated disaster of an album, but which actually sounds as fresh and relevant as anything you'll hear this year.

The recording is raw and the production unfussy, preferring to capture the energy of very live sounding performances over any kind of studio trickery. If that means the odd vocal melody going a little astray, then so be it. It all adds to the charm.

This is clearly a band living and breathing their dream in a way that only true fans ever could. Real metal for real metalheads.

Powerpoints 7