New York-based Valence take instrumental progressive metal to new heights through their eclectic compositions and energetic live show. The band joins styles of music that are often thought of as disparate: a fusion of metal, jam, classical, jazz, and more. This varied yet cohesive confluence offers every listener a passport to a new state of mind that is cerebral, available, and emotive. They won an Independent Music Award for "The Reckoning," off of their 2014 EP, Laser Baron, the follow up to their 2012 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 New York music scene and beyond. They’ve played music festivals including NXNE, official after-parties for Dream Theater, Clutch, and The Sword at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, as well as opening for acts such as Scale the Summit, Consider the Source, Felix Martin, Sarah Longfield, Rest Repost (Jared Dines), Angel Vivaldi, and Stu Hamm.
The band recently announced their new full length record Cognitive Dissidents, which comes out on April 12, 2019. Metal Injection debuted the first single “Damnit, Lana” and accompanying video on February 28, while on March 18th Gear Gods premiered a full band play through of the second single, “Preferred Nomenclature,” writing “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.”