Bleak Recordings is extremely proud to welcome Portuguese post-metal/sludge trio Wells Valley into their roster. Featuring guitarist/vocalist Filipe Correia (Concealment), bassist Pedro Lopes and drummer Pedro Mau (Kneel), the group formed in late 2011 and have recently completed the recordings of their debut album Matter as Regent, which will be released on February 7th, the day they’ll play live for the first time ever at Burning Live Fest in Lisbon.
Meanwhile, the band recently released a music video for the song “Star Over a Wheel”. The video was shot by André Godinho for StopWorking&GoOutside and you can view it below.
The forty minutes long, 6-track album is an incredibly unpredictable and evocative release, blending the monolithic heaviness of sludge/doom with the intricacies and atmosphere of dark post-metal. The trio have crafted an organic, intriguing and crushingly heavy sound that falls somewhere between the suffocating atmospherics of Neurosis and Cult of Luna and the complexities of Voivod and Ved Buens Ende.
Co-released by Raging Planet and Chaosphere Records, Matter as Regent is a fascinating release that sets Wells Valley as one of the most promising and innovate bands emerging from Portugal in the last couple of years.