Valve are a band from France that plays a mixture of sludge, doom metal and hardcore and this is a review of their 2015 album "Apnee" which was released by Wooaaargh.
A very dark, melodic and heavy sound starts off the album along with some high pitched screams a few seconds later and the music starts mixing sludge, doom metal and post hardcore together and death metal growls can also be heard at times in certain sections of the recording along with some spoken word parts.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording and the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody and some of the alter tracks also bring in a brief use of reverb sounds as well as adding melodic guitar leads into some of the songs and when clean singing is used they enhance the post metal elements that are also a huge part of the bands musical style and as the album progresses acoustic and slide guitars can be heard briefly before making a return back to a heavier direction and towards the end one of the tracks brings in a brief use of blast beats.
Valve takes a very dark and heavy style of sludge and doom metal and mixes it in with the more melodic and post side of hardcore to create their own sound on this recording, the production sounds very dark yet professional at the same time while the lyrics cover dark, esoteric and occult themes.
In my opinion Valve are a very great sounding mixture of sludge, doom metal and hardcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lapsit Ex Ellis" and "777". 8 out of 10.