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Indonesia is mainly known for its brutal death metal scene, but it also has a growing black metal scene. Vallendusk is the latest band to emerge from this scene, as they have released their first EP just this year.
The first thing I noticed was the European influence that's present in the acoustic guitars that show up on occasion. You have the internet to thank for that. The second thing I noticed was how energetic the music was. Generally, atmospheric black metal is a mid-paced affair, but the music Vallendusk plays is pretty fast-paced, and the riffs are, dare I say it, upbeat.
The screams have a bit of a hardcore feel to them, but they manage to fit in with the music quite nicely. The drums are pretty standard for this kind of release, with its blasts and double bass and the occasional fills, but they're still well-performed nonetheless. Like every other Indonesian metal band, the best element is the guitar. The riff have an unusually large amount of melody and draw a great deal of influence from post rock, and there's even this one riff at the beginning of “Foghymn” that sounds like it was drawn straight from the Norwegian scene.
Indonesia is not a one-trick pony by any stretch of the imagination. Vallendusk is proof that this country can produce great music in every metal genre, not just death metal.