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 and 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.
2017 is the year Valis Ablaze become more people’s favourite band.