Vale of Pnath
Vale of Pnath


4.0
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Review

by I made this account in 2008 USER (4 Reviews)
July 1st, 2008 | 12 replies | 4,661 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A brief 4-song EP full of new wave technical death metal done right, Vale of Pnath has potential to make an impact in the young-but-not-core scene.

Months ago, I heard about this band, and decided to check out their myspace to see if there was anything I‘d enjoy. Before clicking play, I looked around on their page to get a better sense of what these guys are trying to do musically. I immediately noticed the array of melodic and/or technical bands under their influences section, along with a scattering of well-known black metal artists. I was quite impressed, so I put on my headphones and clicked the sideways triangle icon (still not expecting much, as I have seen many a band that don’t come close to who they are trying to emulate).

My expectations were exceeded about 30 seconds in, as the beginning of “A Witness To” started swirling in my head with moderately high-pitched screams, a simple but fitting drum pattern accompanied by distorted guitar, and some lower-pitched growls giving way to a brief breakdown. The first thought that came to mind vocals wise was “This sounds like Malone, but not as shriek-y sounding.” After hearing the other songs, not only did the vocals sound similar, but musically too.

What this brief 4-song EP does, it does well. The melodic/technical nature is very reminiscent to Arsis, but there are factors which set them apart from rip-off status. First of all, the bass in this EP can be heard at various points, and is, to be blunt, awesome. From the excellent fill in the aforementioned “A Witness To” to some sweep-picked goodness heard in the crushing intro of “Dens of Inequity”, the bass is outstanding when heard. Guitar-wise, there are riffs aplenty, and set the tone for the album with their technical/melodic nature. Getting back once more to the Arsis comparison, the intro to “Carcosa” is very similar to the one found in the metal-classic “A Diamond for Disease”. You’ll hear it immediately, the “dununananana, dununananana” pseudo-cresendo in the beginning of the song. While definitely not ADFD (what is?), “Carcosa” is the possibly the best out of the 4 songs. It has some “dweedle-doo” sweeping, and a lead/solo around 1:40 which is very impressive and stands alone as the best moment of the album.

Other notes are that the vocals are mostly monotone, higher-pitched black-metal-esque screams, there are a few non-core breakdowns to break-up the pace, and a couple songs have a bit of filler. This is still a very young band, and are currently looking for a drummer.

Overall, Vale of Pnath’s self-titled EP as a whole should yield interest from major record labels (ahem, Willowtip, ahem) with its impressive technical drumming, bass, and guitar-work. This band from Denver has potential to be a household name in the technical death metal genre, if they continue putting out material of this quality.


Pros:

- All 4 songs are a great blend of melodic/technical goodness
- Catchy, groovy riffs
- The Bass

Cons:

- Little variety and vocal range demonstrated
- On the short side
- A bit of filler


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asdemonsburn
July 1st 2008



793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally got around to reviewing this

http://myspace.com/valeofpnath

McP3000
July 1st 2008



3941 Comments


how do you pronounce it?

and ill read the review just after i write this

McP3000
July 1st 2008



3941 Comments


uhh

you need to actually review the EP instead of saying how you found them and how their song goes "dunnunahnananah hey"

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 1st 2008



1063 Comments


Bad review.

HighandDriving
July 1st 2008



3232 Comments


Rehash it abit and I think the review will be fine.

I heard this and was impressed but I stop listening to it quick.

I look forward to their LP in the future.

asdemonsburn
July 5th 2008



793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All 4 songs can be heard here:

http://flatlineaudio.com/valeofpnath/

Inperiour
August 19th 2008



78 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Doesn't deserve a 4, probably 3 but thats because I'm a guitarist and enjoy stupidly technical guitar wankery.

What the hell is a "non-core breakdown"?

Anthracks
September 6th 2008



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These guys look so promising, can't wait to hear more from them. Sound is like Spawn of Possession meets Arsis.This Message Edited On 09.06.08

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A7XEric
January 10th 2009



300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good start for these guys. I'd just say they need to tighten up their songwriting though. A lot of times the songs just didn't seem to go anywhere and I started to zone out. Carcosa is sick as hell though

asdemonsburn
March 24th 2010



793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they signed to willowtip!!

Itwasthatwas
July 22nd 2010



729 Comments


this is actually pretty cool. i dig how sometimes they play in keys that are atypical for this genre

XfingTheSullen
April 5th 2013



2199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn... Disoriented Blur is one of the best death metal songs I've ever heard.



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