New York’s VALENCE takes instrumental progressive metal to new heights through their eclectic compositions and energetic live show. The band joins disparate styles in a fusion of metal, jam, classical, jazz, and more. 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.” They won an Independent Music Award for “The Reckoning,” off of their 2014 EP, Laser Baron, the follow up to their 2012 debut Sleepwalker.
Between the awards and rave reviews, the band has developed a reputation as a crushing force in the New York music scene and beyond. They’ve played music festivals including ProgDay and NXNE, official after-parties for Dream Theater and Clutch 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, and Car Bomb.
The band released their latest full-length album, Cognitive Dissidents, on April 12, 2019. In its premiere of the second single, “Preferred Nomenclature,” Gear Gods wrote “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 described the full album as “relentlessly intricate and unpredictable—yet remarkably unified and welcoming—a bit of wordless storytelling that will captivate fans of progressive rock.”