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Armed with Valor was born from the ashes of recently disbanded central NY projects in 2011. The trio of Brad Baker, Fred Akasha and Doug Rice began writing and recording material, only later to be joined by Stephanie Tupper. Her arrival solidified the lineup and was the last piece necessary to bring together an alluring amalgam of musical styles. With a wide array of influences, the true "sound" has evolved and is only just begun to emerge. Despite more often being referred to as simply a metal band, to paint AwV as only that would be a mistake. While the band definitely brings those elements to the table, one of their biggest staples is that they still strive to incorporate enticing melodies and memorable choruses amongst the traditional metal layers and hardcore breakdowns.
The band's self titled EP released in late summer of that year certainly garnered attention from their local scene, but more importantly, it lay the ground work of what was to come. The band's first full length release, Prima Facie, truly reveals the group's identity and capabilities. Prima Facie, (latin for on first encounter/first sight) purposefully plays to the fact that what you see is NOT what you get with Armed with Valor. Bringing you straight into the hearts and minds of the band's four musicians, the album provides for an energetic ride with powerful riffs both graceful and bludgeoning, lyrics twisted yet seductive, and vocals both brutal and enchanting. Prima Facie, captures the complete, raw essence of AwV.
Since the band's inception, Armed with Valor, has made live performances one of their top priorities. The band brings an explosive attack every time they step on stage and takes great pride in delivering the very best to their audiences. AwV has played hundreds of shows, most notably with national artists Nonpoint, OTEP, Kittie, Straight Line Stitch, Butcher Babies, American Head Charge, Eyes Set To Kill, Devil You Know, Powerman 5000, Diamond Plate and Shadows Fall. They continue to perform at every opportunity and look to expand out even further in support of the new record.