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New York-based VALENCE take instrumental progressive metal to new heights through their eclectic compositions and energetic live show. The band joins styles of music that are often thought of as disparate: a fusion of metal, jam, classical, jazz, and more. This varied yet cohesive confluence offers every listener a passport to a new state of mind that is cerebral, available, and emotive.

VALENCE won an Independent Music Award for "The Reckoning," off of their 2014 EP, Laser Baron, the follow up to their 2012 debut Sleepwalker. Heavy Blog is Heavy describes their music as "well made, passionate, and considerate instrumental progressive metal, very obviously indebted to the classics but also dedicated to sounding like its own thing."

Between the awards and great reviews, the band has developed a reputation as a force in the New York music scene and beyond. They’ve played music festivals including NXNE, official after-parties for Dream Theater, Clutch, and The Sword at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, as well as opening for acts such as Scale the Summit, Consider the Source, Black Crown Initiate, Felix Martin, Sarah Longfield, Angel Vivaldi and Michael Angelo Batio.

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The band just released their new full length record, Cognitive Dissidents, on April 12. Metal Injection debuted the first single, “Damnit, Lana,” and accompanying video on February 28. Gear Gods premiered a full band play through of the second single “Preferred Nomenclature,” writing “there are no moments that make you wish this track had vocals, which says something about both the melodic content of the song and Valence’s ability to craft a well-thought-out and substantial piece of music.”

PopMatters premiered the album, calling it a “relentlessly intricate and unpredictable—yet remarkably unified and welcoming—bit of wordless storytelling that will captivate fans of progressive rock.”
 

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On The Web:

Valence Official Website
Valence on Facebook
Valence on YouTube
Valence on Instagram

Music To Check Out:

• Spotify - Artist - Valence
• Spotify - Cognitive Dissidents
• Apple Music - Cognitive Dissidents

Videos To Check Out:

• "Damnit, Lana!"
• “III. Preferred Nomenclature”
• “He Tried to Kill Me with a Forklift"

To hear music from all of this year's bands,
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THE BAND
slideshow

GEOFFREY SCHAEFER
(Guitar)

MICHAEL BUANANNO
(Guitar)

WILHELMUS SAPANARO
(Bass)

CHRIS ROMANO
(Drums)

THE MUSIC

Cognitive Di

Cognitive Dissidents
(2019)

He Tried To Kill Me With A Forklift cover

He Tried To Kill Me
With A Foklift (2017)

Laser Baron cover

Laser Baron (2014)

Sleepwalker

Sleepwalker (2012)
THE WORD

“There’s nothing that isn’t great about this album; it’s flawlessly fluid and effortlessly natural.”
- HEAVY MUSIC HQ

“It’s one thing for bands to write long, riffy songs on purpose, but it’s another entirely to have themflow seamlessly between parts and make it seem like no time has passed, which is exactly whatValence have done here. It’s jammy and groovy but still has that technical edge to hold your attention throughout.”
- GEAR GODS

"By blending elements of classical, jazz, and jam rock into that aforementioned [prog] core, they conjure peer likes Animals as Leaders, Nova Collective, and Scale the Summit while also sustaining their own identity.”"
- POP MATTERS

"I found myself following along, drawn in by the familiar time signatures but enticed by the unique
tone and stamp the band on them. I found myself finishing the entire album without even noticing and
then diving back in for more, this time paying more attention to what was going on."
- HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY

“Ever watch a band enjoy themselves so much while playing live, that their mood becomes infectious?
That’s pretty much what happened to me when I saw Valence perform a few weeks ago.”
- METAL INJECTION