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VALBORG is a Progressive Doom/Death band from Bonn, Germany. The band started in 2002, released "Songs of a Year" in 2005 and didn't release their second album till 2009, quickly followed by 2 more releases in the following years. The relative quiet in the early years can be explicained by the involvement of the band members in various other projects during the same period, such as ISLAND, OWL, SLON, WOBURN HOUSE, KOSMOS WALD, CENTAURUS-A, KLABAUTAMANN and TORTUR. VALBORG is a 3 piece made up of Christian KOLF (guitar/vocals), Florian TOYKA (Drums) and Jan BUCKARD (vocals, bass).

VALBORG is hard to pigeonhole but situates itself mainly in Doom and Death metal related darkness, often very similar to CELTIC FROST, but with a more dissonant approach and intrusions from classic Heavy Metal, and dark Progressive Metal.

Biography by Bonnek

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Songs for a Year
3.95 | 2 ratings
Glorification of Pain
3.00 | 1 ratings
Crown of Sorrow
3.00 | 2 ratings
3.00 | 1 ratings
3.92 | 4 ratings
2.00 | 1 ratings
2.00 | 1 ratings
3.00 | 2 ratings
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 Romantik by VALBORG album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.92 | 4 ratings

Valborg Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Insin

4 stars The only reason I know of Valborg is because they've been compared to Triptykon, the latest project of Celtic Frost's (a pioneering extreme metal band) frontman. Triptykon, and Celtic Frost's final release for that matter, rely on an oppressive darkness and crushing riffing. While there are some discernable similarities between the groups, the lesser known German band Valborg is more stuck in a dream, often unnervingly closer to a nightmare. Romantik is decidedly sinister and gloomy above being plain heavy, channeling a smoothness typically reserved for other styles.

Hinted at on the previous album, Nekrodepression, the real point of interest on Romantik is its atmospheric qualities. The keyboards aid in this, creating a flowing, gliding sensation that develops the overall mood. Sometimes a doom riff will make its way into the forefront (see: opening track Vampyr), but mostly the guitars play simple and stick in the background, where they meld with the rest of the music. Even the vocals, in their many different styles, fail only when they try to overpower the other instruments. No one player stands out, and there is only the flow of the song that creates the overarching ambiance of dreamy doom. Some slight variations in mood, sound, etc. are present (Vampyr sounds pretty damn evil, but Blitz Aus Sodom is relatively uplifting), though each song is generally similar to the next.

I haven't heard everything that Valborg has done, but from what I have, I wouldn't necessarily call them death or progressive metal. This album lacks death vocals or even much heaviness but it does at times have an overall feel reminiscent of various death-doom bands. As for its relation to prog metal, by no means am I calling Romantik generic but there's not a whole lot of unconventionality or even much beyond very simplistic playing going on here. It's difficult to pin down a genre for this band besides the doom metal. Slow and depressing, it falls right in place.

The unique dreamy/nightmarish atmosphere of Valborg's latest and the manner in which the instruments blend seamlessly into one soundscape are the main reasons why Romantik is a worthwhile release. Other than that it's fairly unremarkable, not multifaceted enough to move onto the next level and be great.

 Glorification of Pain by VALBORG album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.95 | 2 ratings

Glorification of Pain
Valborg Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by LearsFool
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Valborg are a death doom band that features progressive elements, ones that lead to a unique and solid take on their sub-genre. In their interpretation of death doom, they variously switch from playing a thick take on death, a loud take on doom, or even playing one and then changing to another within a single track. The last of these reminds me of the constant tempo and time signature changes of math rock, and one might go as calling them math doom, since these changes are much more spaced out and slow coming as one would expect of doom. That plus the vocals and the intricates of their music clearly lean doom more than death. In the end, "Glorification of Pain" works out to be a great album that showcases the band's style wonderfully and, to some, to an extent epic. Unique and recommended.
Thanks to bonnek for the artist addition.

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