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.

In January 2017, VALIS ABLAZE released Insularity, the first EP in their new direction – produced by Metal Hammer Golden God winner and prolific YouTuber, Drewsif Stalin.
The impact of the singles leading up to the EP release saw them added to many bills in the prog-metal world, including supports with Tesseract, Sikth, The Contortionist, Monuments, Dead Letter Circus, Vola and another, more accepted set at UK Tech-Metal Fest.

Not only did they pick up a legion of fans along the way, progressive minded label Long Branch (SPV) saw the huge potential and snapped them up for their debut album.

Although wearing their influences on their sleeves at times, VALIS ABLAZE 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 ABLAZE 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 was released to critical acclaim on April 6th, worldwide on Long Branch Records.

Valis Are

Ash Cook

Guitar

George Demner

Bass

Phil Owen

Vocals

Rich New

Drums

Tom Moore

Guitar

Reviews

Live Reviews

The Soundboard Reviews – “Valis Ablaze perform as a tight unit, intricate guitar riffs are audible and heavier sections brings powerful sounds. Contrasting heavier and lighter sections in their songs creates variety across their tracks”

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Distorted Sound Magazine – “The five piece have a lot of fire power in their arsenal and provided a solid performance showing exactly why they are one of the most dependable bands on the tech circuit.”

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Musipedia – “Make sure to catch them next time round as they are at the forefront in the next wave of UK tech metal.”

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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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Boundless Album Reviews

Prog Archives – “Every so often a band releases an album that makes me temporarily forget about all other bands and albums. That band right now for me is British progressive metal quintet Valis Ablaze”

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Leon TK – “Boundless spends much of its time feeling out the spaces between Periphery and Tesseract while delivering plenty of epic, intense, and atmospheric sections.”

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The Soundboard – “There are bands in existence with far more releases under their belts but do not have the quality of execution of Valis Ablaze.”

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Metal-Temple – “Few albums recently have had this level of balance. Don’t let this one slip past you!”

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Melodic Metal – “91/100 This exceptional debut presents to the public a much more cohesive and technically gifted band than would be expected given its anagragfical date.”

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Metalmance – “An absolute stunner of a debut, VALIS ABLAZE have been patiently honing their craft, perfecting every detail, before bestowing it on the world.”

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Hellfire Magazine – “, the five guys have taken another huge step forward, sharpening their ideas of what they want to sound like a band and developing more individuality”

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Rockway – “The five ambitious musicians from Bristol seem to have done more than simply lift their heads a little higher than the crowd of newly-born musicians in the field.”

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It Djents – “Boundless undoubtedly establishes a great deal of atmosphere and impact, and this can be attributed to powerful songwriting and a clean, expressive mix.”

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Musipedia of Metal – “This is an ambitious record that achieves everything it sets out to be, listen and observe but don’t get too close Valis Ablaze are currently en fuego. 9/10”

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Metalkrant – “Boundless ‘ by Valis Ablaze is absolutely recommended and a worthy successor to the ‘ Insularity ‘ EP. On this debut album of the band they show musical growth and confirm themselves as a strong band.”

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ProgMetalMadness – “Boundless’ is the debut album of Valis Ablaze and if this is just them getting warmed up then its going to be one hell of a career ahead! It’s oozing with emotion and atmosphere”

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Distorted Sound Magazine – “Whilst Insularity brought them copious amounts of adoration Boundless feels more refined, more sophisticated and has elevated VALIS ABLAZE to the next level. “

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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

The New Fury – George and Tom Interview

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10 Tracks That Changed My Life – Atom Smasher Music

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Georgie The Journo

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Clunk Magazine

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Breathing the Core

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