Hear Former Baroness Guitarist Shred on Valkyrie’s New Song “The Choice”

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Virginia’s Valkyrie is a heavy southern-rock band led by former Baroness member Pete Adams and his brother Jake. The group just announced Fear, their first album in five years and first since Pete’s 2017 split with Baroness. The eight-track LP is due out July 24th via metal stronghold Relapse Records, and today (June 16th), Valkyrie unleashed standout cut “The Choice,” a Nineties-worshipping anthem about finding the self-confidence to pull through tough times — something all of us could use as little bit more of amid our current era of pandemics, protests, division and unrest.

“‘The Choice,’ while based on some personal struggles I’ve faced over the last few years, is largely about honoring your self-worth enough to have confidence in your decisions and see things through,” Jake commented. “While I wrote the words, Pete wrote all the riffs on this one and what I love about the song is that the riffs really harken back to our youth in the Nineties — when music was heavy but still had great melody. This song has lots of dimensions to it and really expands the palette that we traditionally work from.”

Fear is up for pre-order now on CD and vinyl, as well as digitally. It is also available in limited, collectible edition on white, silver and black splatter vinyl — a gold and black splatter variant has already sold out. “The Choice” follows up Fear lead single “Feeling So Low,” which is available as an instant download, as is “The Choice,” with digital album pre-orders.