Article by: Leanne Ridgeway
Brutal Records announced their recent roster signing with Brazil’s groove thrash metallists VÁLVERA. Their debut album on Brutal Records is due at the end of this month, August 28th.
Enjoying the abrupt, this band alternates between structures with no warning, in the South American school style. They make sense of their riffs in the context of song structure and in that mindset often dive into a change unpredictably, with a fire of acquisition.
VÁLVERA uses the “ambient” or “atmospheric” thrash riff, a melodic phrase line concluding abruptly in a prolonged resolution to center each riff and create a mesmerizing effect on the listener. Vocals are shouted with an approach of spreading maliciously metal frosting on the songs; they urge transition, shifting directly from a riff to a new thematic that becomes clearly continuous only after transferring through the vocal harmony.
Rolling riffs of fast tunneled tremolo connect songs in a sequence of tone and rhythm, flowing into one another and rejoining on the snap command of circular song structure to begin again the cycle. With a real taste for a coherent but beautiful aesthetic, the music of VÁLVERA moves fluidly, with disjointed song structures rectified by such distinctive riffs and bridges as to make this slightly unique from other bands.
Percussion is accurate and of an intentionally minimalist framework to ensure complete execution. Lyrics are mainly focusing on the history which addresses various catastrophes that happened in Brazil and to its people. Deliberate songwriting with simple implements and intent clarifies into immersive and sensual sound. The VÁLVERA “Glow of Death” lyric video below is about Cesium-137 radioactive contamination, the biggest civilian radiation accident in history, that took place in Goiânia (Brazil), in 1987. We also have a promotional full-album teaser video to get a glimpse into the other tracks ahead of its release.
**UPDATE** As of 8/21 at 12:00 noon (EST), you’ll be able to catch a brand new VÁLVERA video for the song “Born On A Dead Planet.” The video will be viewable at the end of the article below, once it becomes available.
01. Nothing Left To Burn
02. Cycle Of Disaster
03. Glow Of Death
04. The Damn Colony
05. All Systems Fall
06. Born On A Dead Planet
07. O.S. 1977
08. Fight For Your Life
09. Bringer Of Evil
The ‘Cycle Of Disaster‘ album was recorded at Dual Noise Studio in São Paulo, Brazil in 2020, with engineering, mix, and mastering by Rogério Wecko (Basslines recorded by Ziel Lagoin). Cover artwork by Marcelo Vasco, and band photography by Benassi.
VÁLVERA‘s ‘Cycle Of Disaster‘ album is available on August 28th, on CD and digital download/streaming via Brutal Records. Pre-order at the following locations:
Europe | South America | Bandcamp
Glauber Barreto – Vocals, Guitar
Rodrigo Torres – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Leandro Peixoto – Drums
Gabriel Prado – Bass
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