VALHALLA "The Wolfish Nocturne" -1999 - demo
Let's turn our sight onto vocal parts. Vocal is more than usual - simply it is. Clean (loud and whispering) and distored (something in vein of BURZUM "Filosofem"). But poetry is really amazing. It emanates hatred, spite and misanthropy with slight touches of sorrow and fatality. There are unclear heathen infusions but also Satanism (True Satanism but not "devil-worshipping") and radical antich-tian terror take their parts. Lyrics are figurative from poetic point of view and rich with "picturesque" words:
...A Fang Tearing The Tough Flesh
...In general, lyrics contain slight ancient/heathen influences (as the pagan closeness to Nature) and modern ones. I can't miss the fact that there's some discrepancy between quite brutal, even aggressive lyrics and quite melodic and nevertheless not "dark" music - it's more usual to see such attitude in the bands that play raw and primitive Black Metal in vein of Darkthrone and all the rest Funerals.
So we have interesting work in vein of melodic Black Metal musically and True Black Metal lyrically and ideologically... Band itself calls its music Forest Metal and not in any other way, denying all other characteristics of its creations. Band's name VALHALLA doesn't have anything with northern mythology and it is one more antireligious step of this band. It is quite unordinary and unusual appearance from the Woods Of Middle Ural.