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GRAVES OF VALOR
SALARIAN GATE
RELAPSE

Featuring former members of Through the Eyes of the Dead, Graves of Valor play a standard form of death metal on their 11-track debut SALARIAN GATE. Despite a majority of redundant compositions that rarely climb above the median, this squad exhibits a seething selection of steamrolling chops (especially drum-wise) that lunge out the speakers to grab you by the throat (“The Clever Ape”). Durable but predictable, Graves of Valor possesses a wicked death metal gallop (“To Breath Blood”, “Suffocation of the Last King”) and can undeniably blow doors down when running at full capacity (“Pestilence”), yet display a think too much in the box mentality on this disc that renders only a few memorable moments.
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