STREAMING: Valkyrja “The Cremating Fire”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, September 30th, 2013


Last Monday, Decibel and Valkyrja teamed up to premiere “Madness Redeemer” (click HERE) to great applause and buxom ladies defiled. Well, what you didn’t know was that the evil that courses through our collective veins—ours is more like Snake Mountain-type evil, if we’re being honest; Valkyrja’s is something that would make 1990-era Glen Benton run back to church—is that Decibel and Valkyrja planned not just one but two premieres. We’re that chuffed on The Antagonist’s Fire, actually.

It’s true this writer had a bonafide boner over Contamination, but The Antagonist’s Fire is Valkyrja all mature; like that perfect moment when a corpse reaches its apex ripeness; like that perfect moment when the night takes over the day; like that perfect moment when you realize Valkyrja are cut from the same Swedish cloth as Dark Funeral (early), Unanimated (all), and Dissection (all), only they’ve got their own thing happening. Yeah, we’ve heard The Antagonist’s Fire in its entirety and it rules every autumn.

We even got a quote out of Valkyrja frontman A.L., which is sort of like getting Fenriz to talk in 1991: “‘The Cremating Fire,’ the second preview of the third album,” says A.L., “is an ovation to the heralding storms and their blades whose edges bring inevitable and concluding end. A dedication to the hungry ones who carry perdition’s fire within their hearts.”

** Valkyrja’s new album, The Antagonist’s Fire, is out November 11th on W.T.C. Productions. Pre-order available soon, but in the meantime, check out diehard versions of Contamination and the CD of The Invocation of Demise by clicking HERE.


  • Ben

    First ´´Madness Redeemer´´, now this. November is simply too far away.

  • GroM

    Interesting you didnt mention Watain when you tried to compare this release to other bands as this screams Watain all over (extremely positive resemblance in my mind). Even the artwork seems its tailored from the same piece of cloth.

    • John

      what came first the chicken or the egg? he wrote dissection and that’s more than relevant! Though watain doesn’t sound that much like dissection anymore…they are cloning bathory nowadays

    • Chris D.

      While I would mention Watain, I think the differences are structure. Surface, yes, but Watain’s — at least previous albums to Wild Hunt — much more disorganized and chaotic. Valkyrja have a regimented sound, much like Unanimated, Dissection, et al. The artwork is, I think, by Erik Danielsson. So, you’re right about that. Again, I think.

      • Alex

        the artwork is apparantely done by a French guy.

  • Azazel

    I love this, the organic sound is a fresh breeze as most bands tend to become more plastic with every release. Most likely one of the highlights this year.