Valborg is, in their own words, a difficult to categorize German Metal Monster residing near the Rhine River in Bonn, Germany. While we certainly resound this description of their sound, it calls to mind a monolithic cyborg compactor that dwells in the fringes of space, which slowly glasses and obliterates planets with surgical precision. This monstrosity was born into existence nearly two decades ago in 2002 and since then, they have cranked out seven auditory ingots from planets unknown. Zentrum, German for “Center”, is their latest slab of abhorrent amorphousness.
What’s immediately noticeable about the sonic innerworkings of this titan is the mechanical, unrelenting crust rhythm of the drums that pulsate at industrial tempos. Guttural vocals are spewed like an oil across the instruments, attempting to lubricate the machine’s prosaic yet hefty husk. Bass cables reverberate in a rather straightforward manner, though their perpetual murmur conjure a mesmerizing aura that, at times, lull you into a trance. All the while the instruments churn a seething ambient coil broods. It seems to promulgate the beast’s firing pistons, the incessant hum of its tirelessness as it terraforms and corrodes. Zentrum traverses a vast array of timbres during its run time. We have a lot to say about this record and we sincerely hope you enjoy our discussion of it. Thank you for listening.
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