VALKYRJA to tour with Marduk for “Viktoria Europa Part 3” starts this week

(photo credit: Soile Siirtola)

Riding high on the critical acclaim afforded their highly anticipated fourth album, Throne Ablaze – released on November 26th, 2018 via W.T.C. Productions – starting this week, Swedish black metal elite Valkyrja will be touring as direct support to the legendary Marduk as part of the “Viktoria Europa Part 3” tour. Following the release of Throne Ablaze last year, Valkyrja took to the road with Marduk across Europe as part of the “Viktoria Europa Part 2” tour along with the equally legendary Archgoat. A rousing success overall, these new tour dates will continue both bands’ dominance of the nowadays black metal scene, and further the spell that Swedish black metal has had over the underground. Full list of dates as well as poster are as follows:

April 13 POL Zabrze @ Wiatrak
April 14 CZE Ostrava @ Barrack
April 16 CZE Brno @ Melodka
April 17 AUT Wien @ Viper Room
April 18 SVK Bratislava @ Randal
April 19 ROU Cluj Napoca @ /Form Space
April 20 ROU Bucarest @ Quantic
April 21 BUL Sofia @ Mixtape 5
April 23 MKD Skopje @ MKC
April 24 SRB Beograd @ Dom Omladine
April 25 CRO Zagreb @ Vintage Industrial Bar
April 26 ITA Milan @ Legend
April 27 SUI Luzern @ Konzerthaus Schuur
April 28 FRA Lyon @ CCO Villeurbanne
April 30 FRA Toulouse @ Metronum
May 01 ESP Barcelona @ Boveda
May 02 ESP Madrid @ Caracol
May 03 POR Lisbon @ RCA Club
May 04 POR Porto @ Hard Club
May 05 ESP Pamplona @ Totem
May 07 FRA Colmar @ Le Grillen
May 08 NED Helmond @ Cacao Fabriek
May 09 GER Munster @ Sputnikhalle
May 10 FRA Nilvange @ Le Gueulard Plus
May 11 NED Hoogeven @ Graveland Festival

Valkyrja was founded in 2004 with the earnest intention of channeling violence, deprivation, and loathing through means of extraordinarily potent audio emissions. Their ideals were permeated by passionate and boundless perversion – a sickly urge festering ever so vibrantly in the essence of its members, a will to cast off the manacles of societal enslavement and leave a dying world behind. While the brotherhood took shape, opposition and defiance surfaced from the deepest recesses of the mind: a fierce hostility towards the laws and morals of their surroundings, notions which felt entirely alien to the band’s core.

As part of Valkyrja‘s philosophy of ridding themselves from limitations, no specific genre was ever chosen since it would only serve to establish a framework of useless expectation. The artistic output created under the flag of Valkyrja defies all earthly shackles, including those of commercial categorization. With ideology as lodestar, venturing into darkness without a backwards glance, they took their first fledgling steps on a road staked out by the night itself.

Valkyrja‘s debut album, The Invocation of Demise, was recorded in Necromorbus Studio during March 2007 and then released in physical form by Northern Silence Productions six months later. Valkyrja quickly gained their reputation as a ferocious live act: a display of carnal lust leaving each stage with the foul scent of death. Drawn to the stench of putrid bereavement, Metal Blade Records contracted the band in 2009. The Invocation of Demise was treated to a re-release by their new ally, thus spreading the curse even further. The same year also saw a return to Necromorbus Studio for the recording of their second album, the most aptly named Contamination. The new tracks would prove to be a crucial part of the band’s live setlist as they, the following autumn, embarked on their first European campaign.

Forged and conceived to reflect blood and fire,  the third Valkyrja album, The Antagonist’s Fire, set the world aflame on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 2013. The opus also marked the beginning of Valkyrja‘s long-running collaboration with elite underground label World Terror Committee. During the past decade, facilitated by Massive Music and accompanied by titans of extreme metal, over 100 different European cities has been forced to swallow the bitter wine of sonic violence. Furthermore, 2016 and 2017 saw two extensive North American tours with Valkyrja as co-headliner, during which 22 different states were soaked in rotten blood.

Five years removed from the third opus, Valkyrja return under a new guise. The past few years have seen the band subjected to several crucial lineup changes, igniting a period of utter despair that would sow the seeds for what has now come to pass: Throne Ablaze was unleashed upon the world on November 26th, 2018. The album reflects the passion and dedication of everyone involved, those who face every storm – past and future – with weapon in hand. It will forever stand as a monument of continuous struggles – so right there, in the core of this strife to conquer every obstacle, kneel and obey the fires of the blazing throne! Cover art, courtesy of Nestor Avalos, and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Valkyrja’s Throne Ablaze
1. In Ruins I Set My Throne
2. Crowned Serpent
3. Opposer of Light
4. Tombs Into Flesh
5. Halo of Lies
6. Transcendental Death
7. Paradise Lost
8. Throne Ablaze


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