Valkiria are a band from Italy that has had a view of their albums reviewed in this zine whichs plays a very melodic form of gothic black/doom metal and this is a review of their self released 2007 album "Of Dreams And Pain".
Drums range from slow to mid paced playing with not much in the way of fast drumming or blast beats, while the keyboards bring a very, dark, atmospheric and gothic sound to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced gothic metal riffs that utilize influences from black and doom metal, while the lead guitars are very meldic sounding gothic metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are used they use finger picking to add to the darkness of the music.
Vocals range from deep death metal growls, high pitched black metal screams and clean singing gothic metal vocals, while the lyrics cover a concept of dreams, as for the production it has a very strong and powerful sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion this is another great recording that is even more gothic, meodic and doom sounding than their previous recordings, and if you are a fan of this style you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dream Illusion" "Falling Into The Dream" "Mystical Dream" and "Trapped In A Dream". RECOMMENDED BUY.