Valley of Fear (album)

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Valley of Fear
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Studio album by
Valley of Fear
ReleasedApril 13, 2012 (April 13, 2012)
Genre
Length30:26
Label Legion Blotan
Producer Justin Broadrick, M.J. Bower, S.J. Davies

Valley of Fear is the only album from English noise group Valley of Fear, release on April 13, 2012. [1] The band was composed of Godflesh front man Justin Broadrick, Skullflower founder Matthew Bower, and Skullflower member Samantha Davies. [2] Kez Whelan of Terrorizer described Valley of Fear as "densely textured black metal". [3]

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Godflesh English industrial metal band

Godflesh are an English industrial metal band from Birmingham, England. The group formed in 1982 under the title Fall of Because but did not release any complete music until 1988 when Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green (bass) renamed the band and decided to use a drum machine for percussion. Melding heavy metal with industrial music and later with electronic music and dub, Godflesh's innovative sound is widely regarded as a foundational influence on other industrial metal and post-metal acts and as significant to both experimental metal and extreme metal.

Justin Broadrick Record producer, musician, singer

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Contents

Limited to only five hundred copies, Valley of Fear was released exclusively as a CD. [4] In keeping with the sparseness of the music, the physical release is notably bereft of information. [5] Aside from the list of members and the album's title, documentation is scant; nothing about a record label, a studio, a producer, or even a product code is recorded. [6]

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Track listing

All tracks written by J.K. Broadrick, S.J. Davies, M.J. Bower.

No.TitleLength
1."Serpent's Trail"8:03
2."Ourobous" (sole release includes typo of 'ouroboros')5:30
3."Naga"4:34
4."The Exit Door Leads in"12:17
Total length:30:26

Personnel

Matthew Bower is a British musician, active since the early 1980s, with a vast collection of collaborative and solo work behind him.

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References

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