The rock and metal community is mourning the loss of Valleys singer Mikey Clement who was killed in a car accident on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. He was 23.
The sad news comes before the release of Experiment One: Asylum, the debut album from the Raleigh, N.C. based modern progressive metal outfit.
After careful consideration, the band has decided to forge ahead with the originally planned stream of the new track “Choices,” heard below courtesy of Heavy Blog Is Heavy. The rest of Valleys insist their late bandmate would have wanted them to keep going as planned and that “Choices” was one of his favorite tracks off the forthcoming record. Clement can be heard providing the extreme guttural vocals in the band as he trades off with the clean-sung parts by Jayson Mitchell. Devastated by the lose of Mikey Clement, Valleys released his death, which reads:
Many of you have heard and seen the news that we’ve lost Mikey Clement. Early in the morning of February 5th, Mikey was the victim of a horrific car crash, one that took his life. Today, we lost more than just a bandmate, we lost a brother, a son, a friend, an all-around tremendous human being. Everyone here in VALLEYS have been by each other’s side, and at the side of the Clement family.We have seen the outpour of support and love from all of our friends and fans, and we thank you. All of your comments have been extremely touching and have helped us to stay strong in our time of need. h/t loudwire
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Clement’s family and friends at this difficult time.