Like many new labels, 5440 or Fight has signed bands that probably have gotten turned down by other labels. But every now and then they get a young band with a demo that is worth listening to. Valina tend to play haunting melodies with very chaotic backgrounds. This has to be pulled of with good songwriting and you will find that on Epode.
"Entel Echo" and "Eriny" are more forward than the other songs and contain a touch of hard rock that is not confined to any normal boundaries. "81 Men Without Memory" reminds me of some of the earlier and mellower Porcupine Tree compositions. Anatol Bogendorfer has a pleasant, deep voice that blends in perfectly with the contrabass that is employed on this song, making it a highlight.
With mixed in trumpet, saxophone, piano, and varied vocals, it is obvious that Valina have not just taken bar songs back to the studio, but have worked very hard to create a sound uniquely their own. Epode is recommended for anyone looking to discover something new that might entertain them. As an EP it is very interesting, but I do not know if these same songs will be included on a full-length release any time soon, but this EP may be worth it just for the intricate and bizarre instrumental "The Epilogue".
1. Entel Echo
3. 81 Men Without History
4. Escort Of Soda
5. The Epilogue