Valdrin is a three-piece black metal act hailing from Ohio. Their debut and concept full-length album Beyond The Forest was released via Blast Head Records on June 3rd, 2014. With their uncompromising music, Valdrin bring back the older days of thrashy yet melodic black metal which will please fans of early Emperor, Dissection, early Bathory and Windir.
The band is currently playing live on a regular basis inside Ohio and around other neighboring states. Valdrin is also planning a winter tour around the US East Coast for late 2014.
Valdrin was formed in 2012 by Carter Hicks as a vessel to release the concept record, Beyond The Forest. The album had been in the works since 2010 and once completed, Hicks found assistance from guitarist Avik Subedi and bassist James Lewis to begin recording the album at the beginning of 2012.
The recording took place over the course of the year (being a self-funded, and very lengthy record) Once finished in 2013, Valdrin began to play live frequently in Cincinnati and other nearby cites such as Lexington and Columbus.
In late 2013, Avik Subedi left Valdrin for personal reasons, and the band decided to have the album Beyond The Forest re-mastered and re-released on Digipack CD, eventually being released in a jewel case CD format by Blast Head Records (Canada).
Carter Hicks – Vocals/Lead Guitar/Guitar Synth
James Lewis – Bass
Ryan Maurmeier – Drums