Friday, October 6, 2017

the ghost metal music of Vale of Amonition from Uganda

Vale of Amonition is a world unto itself. I’m not sure that it’s a good idea trying to find a genre label that fits nicely and comfortably. I feel like 2013's Those of Metal Afar is a trippy experience somewhere between doom and maybe, perhaps psychedelia spirits, and ghosts. The most recent recording is from 2016 and it is called Of a Painting Grim. Surprisingly, it is not as out there as I thought it was going to be. My impression is that it sounds different, and it goes deeper into the realm of melancholy while also coming across as doom metal, but not the garage/sludge type. This is too smooth, too elegant for that. Of a Painting Grim is a single, so it's hard to say where Vale of Amonition is headed from here, but if you are along for the ride, then this is another stop on the way to whatever is the future. Learn more about the band below and listen to the latest music at the first link below.--MMB
OFFICIAL: The VALE OF AMONITION or "Valley of Ammunition" is a home to things of a tragic persuasion. A sanctuary for warmakers, a province for mages, an abode for ancient tribal lords and their possibly doomed descendants and a whole world of creatures divine and devious.
Surrounding the Vale is the Abyss which is now inhabited by the most ancient of beasts. Light does not flow into the Abyss and its creatures never venture into the Vale. But a storm is brewing and events shall soon unfold in a harrowing and dramatic fashion.
We are the band that speaks of the Vale of Amonition to Earth. We tell of its glorious history, its troubles and triumphs and of the heavy hand of doom that refuses to abandon it.
Musically, Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate are our most important influences but rather than remain rigid, our aim from the beginning has always been to evolve as much as we can within the heavy metal context.
Therefore, "progressive" is a term of significance for us and tells of our collective spirit as musicians. Our willingness to grow, our love for dynamism and intricacy and our purpose to create and to imagine INFINITELY!
Doom is our ultimate governor and the principle by which we play.
Hail Dagory!
Curtain of Doom and the Broken Shield (Demo, 2010)
Ammunition of the Gods (Single, 2010)
Black Cathedral (Single, 2011)
When Philosophy Turns Dark (Single, 2011)
The Spirit (Single, 2012)
The Witch (Single, 2012)
Infernal Supremacy (EP, 2012)
THOSE OF METAL AFAR (Full Length, 2013)
Fallen From The Nile To Cross The Rubicon: Flight Of Vickonomy (Compilation, 2013)
Of A Painting Grim (Single, 2016)

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