Peter Adams has played guitar in Baroness since 2008, and he and his brother Jake also lead the Virginia riff-rock crew Valkyrie. Valkyrie haven’t released an album since their 2007 sophomore effort Man Of Two Visions, probably because Peter got busy with Baroness, but next week they come roaring back with a great new LP called Mountain Stomp. There are plenty of similarities between Valkyrie and Baroness; they both make huge, bottom-heavy riff-rock muddy enough to hang with today’s underground metal but triumphant enough to harken back to classic rock, as well. But Valkyrie are more proudly old-school, more focused on cranking out the kind of riffs and hooks that would sound great pumping from a smoky muscle car. We’ve posted their song “Wintry Plains,” which Michael put at the top of last month’s Black Market countdown, and now you can hear the whole thing below.
Mountain Stomp is out 5/19 on Relapse.