Tri-State based Hard Rock band Valence, takes instrumental prog to new heights through their flirtations with modern metal and eclectic compositions. They're a breath of fresh air for anyone tired of music formulated to fit into a box, and longs for an unadulterated form of sonic expression. The band won an Independent Music Award for "The Reckoning," off of their 2014 EP, Laser Baron, the follow up to their debut Sleepwalker. Sea of Tranquility wrote, "If you love some of the acrobatic, complex, and heavy material of current acts like Scale the Summit, Between the Buried & Me, and Animals as Leaders, this is a band you need to check out." Metal Injection included Valence in their end of 2015 list "10 MORE Awesome Underground Bands You Need In Your Life!"
Between the awards and rave reviews, the band has developed a reputation as a crushing force in the north east, tri-state and the southern New York music scenes, playing the official after-parties for Dream Theater, Clutch and The Sword as well as opening for acts such as Consider the Source, Stu Hamm, Felix Martin, The Fine Constant, Angel Vivaldi, and Scale the Summit.
Bassist WilHelmus.! joined the band in Spring 2016, bringing new elements to the band's writing and performance as the group had also been touring the North East. They recently released their single "He Tried To Kill Me With a Forklift" premiered by MetalUnderground and had a banger of a release party at Garcia's at the Capitol Theatre on August 18, 2017. A couple months later they released the music video, premiered by Decibel Magazine on October 27, 2017. They are currently finishing with pre-production and will be heading into the studio in March to record their next full length album. Check out their official website for more updates. Valence is Michael Buonanno (gtr), Geoffrey Schaefer (gtr), Chris Romano (drms) and WilHelmus.! (bass).