Video Premiere: Vale of Pnath, “Unburied”


Music discovery is truly a beautiful thing, and so often tour lineups serve as the perfect vehicle for that. Case in point: Vale of Pnath are a band whose name I’ve heard bandied about for years, but due to the usual reasons — work, life, the existence of 10,000 other amazing bands occupying my attention — I never got a chance to check them out. Enter the MetalSucks-sponsored Devastation on the Nation tour, which sees Vale opening a stacked bill that also includes Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, Venom Prison, and for the half of the tour that Vale of Pnath aren’t on, Signs of the Swarm, and it’s the perfect opportunity to right my wrongs.

And man, this band is phenomenal; I’m bummed I’ve been missing out all this time! “Unburied” isn’t a new song — it’s the closing track on their 2016 full-length II — but it’s new to me, and maybe to you, so I’ll treat it as such. On the band’s new live video for the track, you can watch them winding their way through a track that’s wonderfully complex but distinctly accessible. Loosely speaking it’s progressive death metal, but the devil (as usual) is in the details: fans of bands like Cynic, Obscura and The Faceless should find a lot to love here, although Vale’s own brand of music is unique and nuanced enough to stand on its own.

Check out the video below and catch the band live on Devastation on the Nation this spring; dates underneath the embed, and tickets here.

5/25 – Brooklyn, NY The Kingsland
5/26 – Montreal, QC L’Astral
5/27 – Ottawa, ON Mavericks/Café Dekcuf
5/29 – Lakewood, OH The Foundry
5/30 – Detroit, MI Harpos Concert Theatre
5/31 – Joliet, IL The Forge
6/01 – Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
6/02 – Denver, CO The Roxy Theater
6/03 – Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall
6/05 – Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
6/06 – Seattle, WA Studio Seven
6/07 – Portland, OR The Analog Theater
6/08 – Berkley, CA Cornerstone *Bay Area Death Fest*
6/09 – Los Angeles, CA 1720
6/10 – Mesa, AZ Club Red
6/13 – Fort Worth, TX Tomcats West
6/14 – Austin, TX Come And Take It Live
6/15 – McAllen, TX Cine El Rey
6/16 – Houston, TX Houston Underground (moved from Walters)
6/17 – Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
6/20 – Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
6/21 – Baltimore, MD Soundstage
6/22 – Waterford, NY Chrome
6/23 – Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater

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