VALKYRIE - Rotterdam (Zuid-Holland, NL) 1984 - 1986 (disbanded)



BIOGRAPHY:

The band was formed in 1984 by Rob Weber (ex-FUTURE TENSE) and Ed Warby (ex-everything), both from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. They met eachother at the showcase of some Japanese guitar virtuoso. Neither of them was involved in a band at the time, so they decided to get together and start a band of their own. As they both were huge MANOWAR fans, they wanted a band in the same style, including all the fur and boots. Soon they find in singer Eric Smits and Remco Helbers additional members. In the rehearsal room they start to write songs, which results in a demo called “Deeds Of Prowess”. If you like Manowar’s “Into Glory Ride”, you will love this demo for sure. It’s pure epic metal in the best way possible. Songs like “Ride Of The Valkyries” and “Ancient Steel” will remind you of the times, when mankind was still walking around in fur clothes and were chasing mammoths! Their band photo shows, that was indeed the whole concept of the band. Eric Smits shows on the demo what a great singer he is, while Rob Weber has his typical guitar riffing, Ed Warbie proves why so many bands asked him to join their band and last not not least, Remco Helbers shows some exceptional bass skills. A negative thing is the bad production. The band sends the demo around and receives some good reviews. But not much happens with the band. In the mid of 1986, the band splits up, leaving behind a brilliant demo and not a single live gig. Ed Warby pops up in many bands (ELEGY, GOREFEST, to name a few), Eric Smits joins several bands during the years (including the brilliant TEMPTER). Rob Weber leads a hedonistic life, until he joins the reunion of FUTURE TENSE around 2000. Remco Helbers started to play the stick (a weird 8-snare instrument) and he has been around in a few bands too.
(text conducted by Stefan van Zijl)

MEMBERS:
Eric Smits – vocals (ex-TEMPTER)
Rob Weber – guitars (ex-FUTURE TENSE)
Remco Helbers – bass
Ed Warby – drums (ex-AGGRESSOR, ex-TEMPTER, ex-GOREFEST, ex-DEMIURG, ex-IMPACT, ex-ELEGY, ex-ORPHANAGE, ex-the 11th HOUR, ex-HALL OF BULLETS, ex-AFTER FOREVER (live), ex-ARJEN ANTHONY LUCASSEN, AYREON, STAR ONE, THE GENTLE STORN (live)

DISCOGRAPHY:
*Deeds Of Prowess (Demo 1985)
*Deeds Of Prowess (CD 2012 Death Rider Records)

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