The band’s second EP following two acclaimed full-lengths (2011’s The Prodigal Empire and 2016’s II), Accursed is fueled with Tech Death adrenaline and shrouded in black metal’s iniquitous aura. Those complementary qualities enhance what is unequivocally another giant step forward in penetrating songwriting dynamics. Concision with depth describes the five proper compositions, while the cold, mechanistic opening soundscape “Shadow and Agony” and chilling interlude “Audient Void,” are equally vital in completing an EP that is best absorbed as a holistic musical experience, albeit one that is the stuff of nightmares. The picture painted is a bleak one, the intensity unleashed nothing short of devastating to the nervous system and traumatic to the psyche.
VALE OF PNATH will join DARK FUNERAL, BELPHEGOR, INCANTATION, and many more extreme bands on the Devastation on the Nation North American Tour. Dates are as follows:
5/17 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
5/18 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
5/19 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballrom
5/20 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
5/21 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
5/23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
5/24 – Denver, CO – The Roxy Theatre
5/25 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
5/26 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
5/28 – Cleveland, OH – Phantasy Nightclub
5/29 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
5/30 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
5/31 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
6/01 – Boston, MA – Middle East
6/02 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
6/04 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
6/05 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
6/06 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
6/07 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
6/08 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
6/09 – Houston, TX – White Oak
6/10 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
6/11 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
6/13 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
6/14 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
6/15 – Los Angeles, CA – 1720
“It’s still very much within their signature technical melodic death metal sound supported as always by lethal grooves and spine-crushing brutality. But Accursed definitely goes all in on a darker, more black metal influenced world more than any prior release.”
– Metal Injection
“This is certainly the best tech-death I’ve heard in 2019 and probably some of the best I found altogether.” (9.5/10)
– The Metal Observer
“A modern Death Metal classic.” (9/10)
– Metal Temple
“Vale of Pnath has once again made a sharp yet carefully measured stylistic turn, offering their own unique perspective on the modern shift; by eschewing the neoclassical, fantasy-based aesthetics of II to instead focus on a more raw, blackened sound, the band has demonstrated their thorough understanding of the greater direction of metal as a whole as it grows more grim, primal, and disillusioned across its vast sea of subgenres.”
– Invisible Oranges
“The overall atmosphere is menacing, horrendous filth that seethes with untold terror, while the musicianship is equally jaw dropping. Vale of Pnath’s work is carved from molten rock, and burnished into an alien hue, both unknown and mesmerising.”
– The Killchain
“A fun and wildly heavy EP that will turn a lot of heads.”
– Technical Music Review
“Their finest display of technical death metal yet.”
– Heaviest of Art
“A fantastic EP worth any fan of the style’s time.”
– Lair of the Bastard
“Song-structures throughout this EP are perfect and nothing so far this year in tech-death terms gets close to Accursed. Absolutely Brutal.”
– This Noise Is Ours
“The music here mixes extreme technical proficiency, dark blackened majesty, modern sci-fi melody, and razor sharp speed to produce a collection of tracks that’s impressively enjoyable.”
– Indy Metal Vault
“Fantastic metal music.”
– The Doorway To
“A strong key presence still pervades the band’s undercurrent, but this time things feel darker, more sinister.”
– Toilet ov Hell
Accursed Track Listing
1. Shadow and Agony
2. The Darkest Gate
3. Skin Turned Soil
5. Audient Void
6. Obsidian Realm
7. Spectre of Bone
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Shane Howard at Sawn and Quartered Studios in Colorado.
“Shadow and Agony” and “Audient Void” written and performed by Sean Ragan / Ritual Aesthetic.
Additional Orchestration and Electronics by Sean Ragan
VALE OF PNATH Bio:
The Vale of Pnath is a vast pit in the underworld, filled with a mountain-sized heap of bones and is the spot into which all the ghouls of the waking world cast the refuse of their feastings. Enormous worm-like creatures burrow through the Vale and often carry with them helpless victims, where they are left to die.
Vale Of Pnath is a five-piece extreme metal band from Denver, CO originally formed in 2006 by guitarist Vance Valenzuela, bassist Alan Paredes, drummer Jeremy Portz and vocalist David Lercher. Guitar virtuoso Mikey Reeves-Juarez joined the lineup and two years later the band recorded a blistering 4-track EP with Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, Allegaeon) where upon its self-release was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews within the technical and melodic death metal community.
In 2009, Tribunal Records reached out to the band and re-released the self-titled EP.
In 2010, Ken Sarafin (Sarafin Concepts) takes over on vocal duties and the band signs with Willowtip Records. The Prodigal Empire was released worldwide in 2011 with massive outpouring of support from the tech death community. The band began to develop a following as they regularly gigged locally and regionally before Ken had to step down, unable to commit to touring as he was focused on his career in art and graphic design.
Enter longtime friend of the band Stevie Boiser (Calculating Genocide, Dissonance In Design) and new full-time drummer Eric W. Brown (Inferi, Destroyx3, Swashbuckle). The band embarks on several tours throughout the U.S. supporting acts such as Vital Remains, Gorod, Abiotic and Enfold Darkness.
Mikey left the band in 2014 and was replaced briefly by the prodigious Harrison Patuto (Dissonance In Design), before Harrison needed to leave the band world to concentrate on other efforts. Stevie also said good-bye to shift his focus elsewhere, leaving a void in the Pnath and open positions for both guitar and vocals.
Eloy Montes (Flub) fills the spot on guitar, and fresh blood Reece Deeter (Apotheon) shows up in the nick of time to offer his vocal talents and willingness to adapt to new surroundings.
In December 2015, Vale Of Pnath headed back over to Flatline Audio to record the second-full length effort with Dave Otero. Vale Of Pnath II is the band’s most melodic and technical effort yet, and thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, was released on June 2016 via Willowtip Records.
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