Inspired by the likes of Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Antisect, Discharge, Nihilist, early Napalm Death, early Bathory, and Conflict, Vallenfyre digs deep into the roots of extreme music, yet due to Greg’s infallible song-writing skills, as well as the organic and absolutely crushing sound courtesy of Kurt Ballou (Converge, Black Breath, Beastmilk), Splinters is far away from mere nostalgia.
According to Greg:
“I liked a lot of stuff Kurt had done over the last few years. His ethos and approach to recording is the perfect antidote to the trend of production within extreme music of the last few years, which is to make things too perfect and missing the point that feel is key. Recording Splinters reminded me a lot of when I recorded music back in the day. We tried out and daisy chained many pedals and amps until we came up with the ideal tone that further developed the HM2-sound from the debut. It had to be blistering on the fast stuff and really take your breath away on the slow stuff. Splinters was all done in one session with us all together living in one house. Because of various restraints, the first record had to be done over the course of a couple of months in little blocks. It was great to just be around each other throwing in ideas.”
- Gregor Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) – Vocals and Lead Guitar
- Hamish Glencross (My Dying Bride) – Rhythm and Lead Guitars
- Scoot (Doom, Extinction of Mankind) – Bass
- Adrian Erlandsson (At The Gates, Paradise Lost) – Drums