VALBORG are giving their massive destructive potential free reign with the opening track and destructive final single ‘Asbach’, which is taken from the German sludge monster’s forthcoming album “Der Alte” (“The Old One”) that has been slated for release on September 9. Please find the album details listed below.
VALBORG will be touring in support of “Der Alte” with MANTAR in September and October in Germany. Please see below for an important update of the schedule.
VALBORG comment: “When I prepared a demo version of this song at home, I gave myself a time limit of 30 minutes to switch my brain off and dive into it”, guitarist and singer Christian Kolf explains. “I did this to get into the right mindset and then just let the music flow out of me. This way, I wrote most of my material before letting Florian and Jan take their pick on what to continue working together as a band. When we rehearsed ‘Asbach’, it became quickly clear that this track would turn into an antisocial banger. This is definitely my most extreme vocal performance ever. The lyrics are kind of hard to describe, but they revolve around a local village that we imagined to have come under some otherworldly influence. Watch out for strange things happening in your neighbourhood!”
2. Höhle Hölle
3. Kommando aus der Zukunft
5. Die Glut der ersten Stunde
6. Saturn Eros Xenomorph
8. Der Alte
10. Sehnsucht nach Unendlichkeit
12. Verdacht im Palast
13. Mutter des bösen Sterns
Some bands prosper largely in a space that is mostly visited by connoisseurs and insiders for a large part of their career. Critically acclaimed German outfit VALBORG can clearly lay claim to such a fate until now. Beloved by many of their peers, knowing journalists, and a die-hard fanbase, the trio from the City of Bonn is long overdue for the “big breakthrough” despite a discography of outstanding quality that already includes eight albums.
Looking for reasons, it is easy to point out the willingness of VALBORG to experiment, shift boundaries, and while always remaining true to their harsh and sinister musical core, the Germans have never stuck to one particular musical box while consciously avoiding to become trapped in a stylistic pigeon hole. As a result many stickers have been applied to their sound: doom, blackened death metal, industrial among others.
In their latest incarnation entitled “Der Alte” (“The Old One”), VALBORG take a rather reductionist approach. Their new tracks are deliberately kept short, making use of simple structures, brutal, while making use of extreme vocals and their trademark lambasting and relentless drum beat. Aided by LANTLOS-mastermind Markus Siegenhort, who took on all production roles, VALBORG have opted for a raw and unpolished sound that relies heavily on the guitars as all keyboards have been ditched on this album. Audible influences include all of the band’s metal aspects but also add elements derived from punk and wave for example.
The result of this simplification process are hard-hitting tracks that still maintain a dark cinematic quality and construct threatening nightmare scenarios within cosmic dimensions, which fits the Germans’ lyrical themes that explore the maddening horrors awaiting in the abyss of outer space, xenomorphic manipulation and apocalyptic visions that are often referring to and sometimes taken from the canon of modern science fiction literature.
VALBORG were conceived in the City of Bonn, the former capital of West Germany in the country’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, in the year 2002. The trio’s self-released debut album “Songs for a Year” was released in 2005 but despite generating an underground buzz and being offered a record deal, the Germans’ busy work schedule meant that their sophomore full-length “Glorification of Pain” only came out nearly 4 years later in 2009. The band firmly established themselves as a highly individual metal act with the next three albums that appeared in rapid succession: “Crown of Sorrow” (2010), “Barbarian” (2011), and “Nekrodepression” (2012).
Critics have compared VALBORG with such artists as GODFLESH, CELTIC FROST and TRIPTYKON as well as TYPE O NEGATIVE among others, but the trio clearly went their own way and continued to defy easy categorisations as the following three full-length releases easily proved that came out in more usual intervals, namely “Romantik” (2015), “Endstrand” (2017), and “Zentrum” (2019). On the live-front, the Germans have twice been invited and performed at the taste-making Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands as well as other prestigious festivals. They have also criss-crossed Europe several times by now and the latest tour included supports for MANTAR and HEMELBESTORMER.
Another remarkable trademark element of VALBORG are their captivating and stylish album artworks that achieve a strong sense of continuity as they are all created by vocalist and bass player Jan Buckard.
With “Der Alte”, VALBORG deliver more than tasty bittersweet ear candy for their loyal fanbase as their harsh but simplified new tracks will easily appeal to a much broader audience that craves brutal, dark and highly intelligent music!
Release date: September 9, 2022
Style: Death Sludge
Christian Kolf – guitar, vocals
Jan Buckard – bass, vocals
Florian Toyka – drums
Markus Siegenhort (LANTLOS) – additional guitars on ‘Sehnsucht nach Unendlichkeit’
Recording, mix and mastering by Markus Siegenhort
Produced by Markus Siegenhort
Artwork & layout by Jan Buckard
“Der Alte” is available on transparent yellow vinyl and as a black vinyl LP, and as Digisleeve CD.
Pre-sale link: http://lnk.spkr.media/valborg-der-alte
Update: VALBORG on tour with MANTAR
10 SEP 2022 Bremen (DE) Hellseatic +Mantar
15 SEP 2022 Köln (DE) Gebäude 9 +Mantar
24 SEP 2022 Hamburg (DE) Fabrik +Mantar
29 SEP 2022 Essen (DE) Turok +Mantar
30 SEP 2022 Stuttgart (DE) Im Wizemann +Mantar
07 OCT 2022 Hannover (DE) Bei Chez Heinz +Mantar
08 OCT 2022 Berlin (DE) Columbia Theater +Mantar