Fortress of Primal Grace

NSP 162 :  Vallendusk - Fortress of Primal Grace DigiCD


Release date: March 30th, 2018

Vallendusk is a Black Metal band from Indonesia, founded in 2011. The band cites the mid 90’s wave of Black Metal, melodic Death Metal and Doom as their major source of inspirations, both musically and aesthetically. Nevertheless they also draw influences from classical, ambient, martial hymns, and folk music of all sorts.

The result is a brand of Melodic Black Metal that to fans is instantly recognizable as Vallendusk, and has become more and more refined with each release, with the new output being the band’s strongest to date. There are many remarkable passages on the album which lift the songs to a completely different level. All the riffs and melodies are flowing, extrapolated from each other, building and releasing their energy, moving through ups and downs with smooth joints & breaks in between, and climaxing several times.

The basis of the new album is still Atmospheric Black Metal but there are more diverse elements in it than before, most noteworthy those of Swedish melodic Death Metal á la In Flames.

The first press of the CD comes as Collector’s Edition in Digipack with 8-page booklet, limited to 1000 copies.


1. The Presences (10:38)
2. In Reverie (7:11)
3. Coronation (8:36)
4. At the Heart of the Storm (6:50)
5. Eons (8:47)
6. Higher Ground (9:48)
7. The Shield (8:15)


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"Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable album with a unique twist on the Black Metal genre. Some of the longstanding traditional sounds are here, but “Fortress of Primal Grace” blazes its own trail into the dark night, using some folk sounds, building columns of melody, and majestic interludes that awaken your sense of enchantment."
8/10 -

" album able to make you wander with the mind from beginning to end with songs that run away without boring."
90/100 -

90/100 -

"Fazit: Cooles viertes Album dieses Fortress Of Primal Grace. Da kommt man auf den Gedanken noch mal auf das alte Material zurückzugreifen, welches gerade nicht abrufbereit in den Gehirnwindungen wartet. Falls Vallendusk schon mal meinen Weg gequert haben sollten, muss ich mir eingestehen, diesen viel zu stiefmütterlich behandelt zu haben. Aufgehoben ist nicht aufgeschoben - jetzt läuft erst mal mindestens bis zum Relese in vier Wochen Fortress Of Primal Grace und ihr solltet auch mal ein Ohr an die Boxen drücken!"
8.5/10 -

8/10 -