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by Glass Hammer

“Valkyrie” tells the story of a soldier trapped in an endless war, and of the girl he left behind. As with most GH albums, deeper meanings abound for those who take the time to digest the lyrics which are, according to the liner notes, “dedicated to those who battle the effects of trauma, and to those who love and support them.” What may set this 2016 release apart from previous Glass Hammer albums is the way in which the band went about recording it. According to bassist / lyricist Steve Babb, the band “went for a more live approach this time. We rehearsed the material for several months before finally recording all of the rhythm tracks as if we were playing one very big concert, which is to say, that it was mostly live. We concentrated on vocals and overdubs at the studio, but the foundation of ‘Valkyrie’ was done together in a huge , amazing acoustic space.” Mixed and mastered for dynamic range rather than loudness, the sonic integrity of each mix has been carefully preserved. “We’r
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2. Golden Days
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3. No Man's Land
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4. Nexus Girl
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5. Valkyrie
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“First `Lex Rex’, then `The Inconsolable Secret’ and now this, Glass Hammer have completely set the symphonic-prog standard of 2016 with `Valkyrie’, their most ambitious, grandiose, vocally exquisite and instrumentally rich work to date. With the core trio of Steve Babb, Fred Schendel and Susie Bogdanowicz taking the lead vocal reins once again, the whole album crackles with warmth, variety, inspiration and overall progressive music excellence, and is very possibly the greatest musical statement of Glass Hammer’s near 25-year career so far.” Michael Hodgson - progarchives.com

“Valkyrie is an astounding achievement by any measure. The best album of 2016...a relentless drive toward poetic and tonal excellence. Glass Hammer is a band that never stops challenging itself, and it never fails to succeed.”
Brad Birzer - progarchy.com



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