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.