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Label: Temple of Torturous / Release Date: 20th of May, 2015
For thirteen years the German trio Valborg have been refining, honing and other big, fancy words for developing their own style of Doom Metal (which can best be described as a bit Progressive – Although not so much). Romantik marks their fifth major installment and, as far as I can tell, the first one to be performed in their native German. Not that that is a bad thing – German is a surprisingly emotive language, one well suited for the melancholic and depressive themes Valborgs lyrics like to employ. As is the mark of a great Doom Metal band, their songs are, one and all, slow, tortured and best enjoyed in accordance with one another. Sure, they might not have re-invented the genre as a whole, but I would consider Romantik to be a worthy addition to the already existing repertoire of Doom Metal tracks, as well as my personal collection.
In all honesty, however, I must admit that I am having a hard time pin-pointing exactly what it is I like about the band. Taken apart, there is nothing special about Valborg, yet added together, it is somehow significantly better than the sum of its parts. The proof of a good band, perhaps? But I digress. I would have prefered to have linked to the first track off Romantik, entitled ”Vampyr” since I would almost always recommend delving deep into a Doom Metal album but listening to it in its entirety. Sadly, I could not find it on Youtube. Instead I found the next best thing, which is the track ”Blitz Aus Sodom”. Enjoy.