With the world becoming a darker place by the day, we need more metal bands that deal in Realistic Escapism; that is escapism that draws from events in the real world (see Joseph Campbell’s seminal ‘Hero With A Thousand Faces’ for more) and helps the listeners cope heroically with their own daily battles. The aural equivalent of the work of George R.R. Martin!

Indeed, Alberta power-influenced progressive death metal band Valyria take their name from the works of the aforementioned Martin.

As the band explain. “Valyria is a ruined city in the world of Essos, the world in which George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ takes place. Valyria is a city of wonderment, magic and untold power. The aesthetic Martin creates within his novels is a similar atmosphere to that we as a band try to conjure with our music.”

Influenced by Wintersun, The Faceless, Dragonforce, Blind Guardian and Omnium Gatherum, Valyria describes their sound as “dramatic, complex, uplifting, emotional, technical” something their fans will be able to hear on their new EP ‘Into the Dying of Time’, which features such soon-to-be-classics as ‘Steel Inquisition, ‘Tome of the Shattered Vessels’, ‘Of Sky and Sea’, ‘The Crossing’ and ‘Floating World’.

Valyria are stoked for their fans to hear their new album. “We have spent the better part of a year arranging and recording the music and it has been a very long but rewarding process. All four of us combined our influences and styles into something that we are truly proud of.”

Members: Cam Dakus – Bass/Lead Vocals

Jeremy Puffer – Guitar/ Backing Vocals

Andrew Traynor – Guitar/Backing Vocals

Mitchell Stykalo – Drums/ Backing Vocals