The Cruxshadows – Valkyrie EP
Released: September 9, 2011
Label: Wishfire Records
Review by: Zander Buel
Things seem to have been a bit quite on the Crüxshadows front lately, but Rogue has finally given the fans of one of the most popular and unique darkwave acts ever something to tide them over until the next full-length release. While the Valkyrie EP is not as noteworthy as a full-blown album like Ethernaut or Dreamcypher, it has its fair share of goodies.
The title track is trademark Crüxshadows fare with dancefloor synthesizers, industrial beats, crunchy guitar riffs that drape the background, and metaphoric mythological lyrics about, well, Valykrie, the chooser of the slain of Norse mythology. The “Rise of the Walcyrge- The Dreamside Remix” mix of “Valykrie” is the real surprise here, with almost all of the electronics faded out for a more hard rock-oriented sound, which suits the Crüxshadows sound surprisingly well. “Anthem” is a slow march of triumphant drum beats and brass instrument-like synths, almost giving off the impression of a battle cry in Braveheart, if everyone was wearing black leather and elaborate eye makeup instead of kilts and blue face paint. “Strange Skies” wraps up the EP, standard for The Crüxshadows, but no less catchy and relatable in its subject matter.
This is essential for hardcore Crüxshadows fans, but for curious outsiders, waiting for an official album release is ideal.
- Valkyrie (Radio Edit)
- Valkyrie (Rise of the Walcyrge- The Dreamside Remix)
- Strange Skies
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