Valpurgis Night is a three piece British Heavy Metal London based band formed in November 2008. Valpurgis Night's main influences are NWOBHM and thrash bands with Judas Priest, Amon Amarth and Sepultura at the top of the list.
The band signed a record deal with Rising Records label in January 2010 and their forthcoming début album "Psalms of Solemn Virtue" is due to be released on 22nd November 2010. A track from the new album will be featured on the Rising Records cover CD in the November edition of Metal Hammer published in the UK and Germany. Valpurgis Night are planning a tour to support the album, dates will be announced closer to the album release.
The band's music was initially inspired by the pagan rituals of Walpurgis Night, a day that towns folk would gather in the Harz Mountains to rid their land of evil spirits.
Preacher Edwards has a commanding live presence, spouting his vitriolic heartfelt lyrics as if preaching from a pulpit to the masses. His pronounced diction is greatly inspired by his childhood hero Bruce Dickinson. Preacher is a skilful bass player too, his style much like his hero Roger Glover.
Lance Barrington is a prolific tunesmith who prides himself on his ability to craft thunderous, melodic, catchy riffs. He believes song writing is a "beautiful curse". A lifetime aficionado of heavy metal both past and present and an open-mindedness towards HM pioneers bears him in good stead when constructing his own work. His personal hero is Jerry Cantrell.
Rafi Utudjian is an enigmatic disciple of drumming. He is the band's driving force and an integral part of the song writing process. Bill Ward is a huge influence, which you may be able to detect in his energetic and elaborate drum technique.
Valpurgis Night are currently working on their next album.