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Valient Thorr
Legends Of The World
Volcom Entertainment

Valient Thorr are back with their sophomore release Legends Of The World, following in the wake of their debut album Total Universe Man - making rock 'n' roll in the realm of hardcore/heavy metal with dashes of gospel and soul trajectory catapulting the vocals and forming a synthesis that can be described as metal soul. Their boldness and lunging expressions, done up the way Motorhead, Kix, and Iron Maiden are legendary for doing and present day Hellacopters and Skindred lean towards, build experimental molds of knotted guitar twists and plunging rhythm sections spiked by fulminating vocals amassing an uprising fervor.

The album keeps on Valient Thorr's track of social activism through the means of rock 'n' roll with themes that deal with politics and the thorniness of establishment vs. people. The personal nature of the lyrics is on a higher level of relationships and wider scale of global brothers and sisters. Their music isn't combative but protective and mantle self-preservation from the very beginning with "Heatseeker." VT's voicing is daring, coarse, and sharp with punching vocals that hit their mark like Lemmy Kilmister and Ted Nugent. The vocal rhythms and music nodes are impulsed with a soul/urban style making uproaring sequences and a batter that wields intricately loomed instrument phrases.

"Rezerection," an interpretative spelling of resurrection, reverberates with an in your face vocal manner, thrusting drum patterns, and squeezing guitar ambits. "Exit Strategy" has trickles of southern rock flumes that crackle like a Molly Hatchet sear. The vocals have urban jive, attitude and clarity while the tangling guitar lines erect a spinning motion mossed by taut drum swags.

The songs continue with rock 'n' roll shoots and metal rock vibrations like "Stormstris" shaped by digging drumbeats, screaming chords, fanatical vocals, and escalating motions. "Goveruptcy," a term that combines government and bankruptcy, offers headbanging rhythms abound with supercharged guitar skews, slamming drum strikes and panicking vocals that recite: "There's people who live on earth/ They believe everything they read/ This government promised justice/ This government delivered greed."

"False Profits" stands out with a power pop metal prelude whose chord formula is synonymous with rock bands like Lynch Mob, UFO and Dio. The mix then courses into more raw edges heighten by political lyrics. "Triceratops" is another water mark number with soft, rolling peaceful guitar rings in the intro before moving into a succession of distorted chords and drum rolls that tear through the folds splintering the chord shifts then pulling the phrases back together as the preachy, gospel tones in the vocals tug and streak.

The final number "Har Megiddo," which is a reference to Armageddon, has crazed melodic lines that motivate a pulling action modulated by uprising vocals. Valient Thorr doesn't use camouflage but spawn very upfront vocals and music lines that make discord and rhyme work in a complementary partnership. Their expressions are concise and complex, melodic and craggy, meditative and aggressive, polar opposites that come together at a central point where hardcore rock meets hardcore urban, elements expressive of the band themselves.

Fronted by lead vocalist Valient Himself, the band is rounded out by Oden Thorr (guitars), Eidan Thorr (guitars), Lucian Thorr (percussion), and Professor Strangess - aka Nitewolf (bass). Their sophomore album Legends Of The World, produced by Fred Archambault (Death By Stereo, Eighteen Visions) maintains VT's continuity and yet experiments with new structures. VT will be touring through 2006 including a stint on the Vans Warped Tour. With social activism in their words, VT makes rock 'n' roll that has purpose with no holding back.

-Susan Frances

1. Heatseeker
2. Rezerection
3. Exit Strategy
4. Lime Green Net
5. Stormstris
6. Goveruptcy
7. False Profits
8. Triceratops
9. Fall Of Pangea
10. Problem Solver
11. Con Science
12. Har Megiddo

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