The only constant is change.

And Valis have had their fair share of changes.
But it hasn’t taken away from what the founding members, Ash, Tom and Rich set out to achieve back in September 2012.

The first few incarnations of the band toured the UK numerous times, released an EP and three other singles before having to find two new members.
New vocal input from the addition of Phil Owen and extended bass guitar capability from Kieran Hogarty proved inspiring. An unexplored dynamic now existing, lead to the scrapping of ‘Old Valis’ and the album that no longer felt representative of their ability, right before its release.

In June 2016, the band began revealing their latest aural and visual direction, in the shape of quality audio and video production all round. This lead to them scoring shows with Monuments, Area 11, Dead Letter Circus, Disperse and Destiny Potato and eventually releasing the critically acclaimed EP, ‘Insularity’ on January the 30th, 2017.

Valis had already established a reputation for chunky, modern metal riffing that flirted around the edges of the thriving UK tech/prog scene. Whilst this is still evident in the DNA of Insularity, they have also transformed into a much sleeker, shinier, song-focused proposition, for which the band are still receiving praise for, long after the release.

Scoring more shows with Tesseract, Bad Sign, The Contortionist, Vola, Drewsif Stalin and multiple festival appearances, the band work hard to capitalise on their ability to mix the metal yet, atmospheric side of contemporary prog.

The band have just finished writing for their first full length album, due out in early 2018, with another new addition to the band due to further advancements on our style in the form of George Demner now on bass guitar.

With the album now just months away, the autumn brings shows with Uneven Structure, Faces of Eve and Construct as well as small tours.

Valis Ablaze are:

  • Ash Cook – Guitar
  • George Demner – Bass
  • Phil Owen – Vocals
  • Rich New – Drums
  • Tom Moore – Guitar

Live Reviews

Prog – “…there’s drama aplenty in the dips and swells of their performance.”

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Broken Amp – “..more vaguely resembles bands such as Exist Immortal and Tesseract. And on this performance they are far better for the change in direction…”

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Metal Mance – “Vocalist Phil Owen hits every note while guitarist Tom Moore steals the hearts with his evident joy of being there..”

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The Monolith – “Delicate and wistful melodies, memorable, powerful choruses, a couple of inspired chord progressions, and some deceptively chunky riffs that translate very well indeed to the stage…”

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Distorted Sound Mag – “..Firing through their set with flawless precision which captured the essence of their recordings perfectly… 9/10.”

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Noizze – “Valis Ablaze give us our more mellow sounding Metal…”

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Clunk Magazine – “Very impressed by Valis Ablaze as a live act, I would like to see what one of their headline shows on home ground is like…”

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Opinion Overload – “Valis Ablaze were one of my favourite performances from the night, and damn did they keep me busy…”

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Musicology – “Tracks like ‘Lost In The Syntax’ sound really refined live and overall showed off why they’re one of the best in Bristol…”

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Insularity EP Reviews

Arctic Drones – “I knew I was going to like Insularity from more or less its opening moments…”

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Invicta Magazine – “Everything from the first track to the last track is perfection in my eyes…”

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METALMANCE – “An impressive effort from another promising British progressive band…”

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Musipedia of Metal – “This EP has been in production for a while now and it has definitely been worth it…”

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Catalyse Music – “Progressive and ambient metal at its absolute finest. Insularity will take this band far…”

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The Monolith – “With Insularity, they have not only met these high expectations, but exceeded them. The future is bright…”

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Broken Amp – “Insularity is a mighty leap forward for the band…”

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Interviews

Georgie The Journo

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Clunk Magazine

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Breathing the Core

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