Eagle Claw-Vallis

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Hey, hey, hey!  Look who’s back on the scene!  This is a little bit of a local shout out for me since these guys hail from my hometown, Austin, TX.  The last we had a proper release from our local instrumental metal heroes was back in 2012.  So, this latest platter has had plenty of time to gestate.

It’s apparent from the get-go that all that time away from the studio has led to quite a bit of growth in the band’s ability and sound.  Things are a little tighter.  The songs feel like they have a bit more urgency and pop than on the previous album.  This is just a flat out crunchy feast of guitar riffs.  That’s really about it.  These guys have mastered the art of shred without becoming overbearing or having things devolve into a musical wankfest.  Everything serves the song.  Feast on these meaty riffs, my friends.

3.5 flip flops out of 5