Salarian Gate

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Band Name Graves Of Valor
Album Name Salarian Gate
Type Album
Released date 26 May 2009
Music StyleDeath Metal
Members owning this album14


1. Salarian Gate 03:26
2. Suffocation of the Last King 03:45
3. Pestilence 03:35
4. Bridles of Incitatus 03:27
5. Sic Semper Tyrannis 03:00
6. Letter on the Blind 01:03
7. To Breathe Blood 03:29
8. The Clever Ape 02:51
9. Diderot 01:21
10. Locusta 05:01
11. No Gods Left 04:36
Total playing time 35:34

Review @ GandhiEgo

16 June 2009
Created by ex-members of Through the Eyes of the Dead, Graves Of Valor play likewise music, that is: Death Metal / Hardcore with some muscles and very similar to The Black Dahlia Murder.
On the other hand, unlike TTEOTD, they enjoy quite an asset for a debut album: they’ve been signed by the mighty Relapse

With some very nice artwork, Salarian Gate (2009) may as well draw the attention of amateurs when the record hits the shelves; though it is obvious it takes more than that to stand out from the crowd with the countless releases (be it good or bad) available from the genre’s specialists: Willowtip, Brutal Bands, Razorback and some hundred more…
Let’s bear in mind that originality is not the main quality of those Americans. Their Hardcore-spiced Death Metal is eminently academic but yet rather efficient. After a first half-ass track, Suffocation of the Last King offers some energetic guitar parts and drummer Dayton Cantley gives in some double-pedaling that confers to the song
some undeniable efficacy.

It’s funny to see that vocalist Damon Welch is very reminiscent of Thomas Lindberg. On screaming parts, he can be as heinous as his older counterpart and a few riffs
throughout the album show that the musicians have listened to and enjoyed At The Gates.
Without the uncanny musical mastery of acts like Origin or Atheist, Graves of Valor still display rather good technical qualities and do
not forget to add some jolted parts, namely mosh parts (Bridles of Incitatus). The main issue is that guitarists Jeff Springs and Richard Turbeville’s band delivers music with an obvious lack of
identity with parts that feel like they’ve been heard a thousand times and often even better played. Less technical than Obscura,
less brutal than Fleshgod Apocalypse, less crazy than Napalm Death or General
Surgery, it’s hard to believe that Graves Of Valor will achieve anything significant in 2009. Of course, the production is fantastic, but then
nowadays it’s not enough to help a record pierce through. It actually gives the feel that all releases sound the same: among the
albums of Inevitable End, Centaurus-A or this Salarian Gate, all released in 2009, sometimes it’s hard to even know which record is being played…

All is not lost yet, after a diarrhea-inducing instrumental track titled Diderot (who could have guessed those guys were intellectuals…), the song Locusta makes us see some interesting destructive potential by combining a la At
The Gates riffs with others more emphatic. Except this stereotyped sound combined with modern vocals (Chimaira, Mastodon & co.) will probably draw away most old-school fans.

As in every good Death Metal period, the scene seems like it’s starting to seriously saturate. That phenomenon already had occurred after 1993 and I’m under the impression that we’re about to witness the
exact same thing. Should a 'newbie' want to discover some rather modern Death Metal, it’s probably okay to get this Graves of
Valor’s release, but when it comes to quality Death/Hardcore, it’s certainly better to stick to the genre’s masters: Dying
Fetus, Skinless or more recent releases Traitors and Guilty as Charged (respectively from Misery Index
and Criminal Element).

Thisis not my own review. It's merely a translation of BEERGRINDER's review originally written in French and translated into English with his consent. For the original review in French, please go to:

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StephDS - 09 October 2011: Thanks for the excellent translation... I do like the cover art, though it won't motivate me to buy the album :)
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