Bio

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 set out to achieve in early 2013.

Having quickly risen through the ranks, Valis released ‘Insularity’, the first EP in their new direction and produced by Metal Hammer Golden God winner, Drewsif Stalin, in January 2017.
This saw them added to many bills in the prog-metal world, including supports with Tesseract, Sikth, The Contortionist, Monuments, Dead Letter Circus, Vola and a set at UK Tech Fest. As well as multiple headline tours, predominantly self booked and marketed.
Not only did they pick up a legion of fans along the way, but progressive minded label Long Branch Records saw the huge potential and snapped them up for their debut album.

Although wearing their influences clearly on their sleeves, Valis provide an intriguing alternative to the progressive metal norm; swells of creative ingenuity shine throughout, as well as thought out details and subtle complexities that will keep the listener returning again and again.

With their debut full-length, Valis present an even more refined sound, produced by Justin Hill (Sikth, Heart of a Coward, Bury Tomorrow): low end grooves juxtaposed with soaring vocal lines, crisp milton-cleans and atmospheric synths, all driven by intricate rhythm work and growling bass. A huge spectrum of energy, emotion, power and beauty.
‘Boundless’ is out worldwide on Long Branch Records on 06.04.18

Valis Are

Ash Cook

Guitar

George Demner

Bass

Phil Owen

Vocals

Rich New

Drums

Tom Moore

Guitar

Reviews

Live Reviews

Voxx – “The stand out thing about Valis Ablaze is that they are not falling into the genre grind, offering a fresher more interesting sound. “

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Distorted Sound Mag – “Valis is an example of a band who have managed to break through the thicket of bands within similar genres by implementing a number of influences into their sound”

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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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