Attention people of Earth. Those strange visitors from another planet in the band Valient Thorr have just unveiled their touring plans in honor of their fifteenth anniversary with a spectacle labelled “15 Years On Earth”. Check out the poster, official press release and run of performance dates below.
The Press Release:
VALIENT THORR are the baddest band on the planet (from another planet). They have been rocking their adopted home of Earth since arriving here from Venus over fifteen years ago. With six albums under their belt Napalm Records will release their seventh album later this year! This MC5/James Brown inspired quintuplet have stood the test of time morphing in and out of what Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister calls simply- Rock N’Roll.
In support of the new album VALIENT THORR will be hitting the road in North American on the “15 Years on Earth Tour”. Joining them on the road will be Pears, Black Wizard and label-mates Hammer Fight. The tour kicks off May 25th in Asheville, NC and runs through July 13th in Baltimore, MD. Continue reading Valient Thorr Announces “15 Years On Earth Tour”→
Artist: Motorhead Venue: Roseland Ballroom (New York, NY) Opener: Valient Thorr, Year Long Disaster, ASG Date: 9/20/2008 Label: SPV Records
It seemed like just the other day that I found myself watching Motorhead deliver a crushing set of Heavy Rock & Roll during the “Masters Of Metal” tour. I’m sure if you are a Metal head of the most discerning type that you remember or even attended that tour which found Motorhead on the same stage with Testament, Heaven and Hell and the mighty Judas Priest. If you missed that one, well I can honestly just say that you missed one hell of an event and that’s a shame since a lineup like that one does not get put together all that often. So here we were a little over a month and a half later as one of the loudest Rock and Roll bands alive was doing a short headlining tour. The tour was originally supposed to feature both Airborne and The Misfits but something changed a few weeks before that took Airborne off the list and it was shortly after that when we learned that The Misfits would also no longer be participating. This depressed me a bit as I have enjoyed what I heard from Airborne, but The Misfits would be performing at B.B. King’s on Halloween so I could easily catch them on a night that would be more appropriate. By the time I attended the show the lineup was set as ASG, Year Long Disaster and Valient Thorr as the opening acts for Motorhead and while the main attraction is an SPV Records artist, all of the other groups come care of Volcom Entertainment. Continue reading Motorhead @ Roseland Ballroom (9/20/2008)→
Artist: Valient Thorr Title: “Total Universe Man” Label: Volcom Entertainment Release Date: June 7, 2005 Genre: Metal/Punk Rating: 3/5
This metal/punk hybrid frustrates thanks to its solid musicianship getting saddled with the vocals of a guy who calls himself — now get this — “Valient Himself.” In order to fully suss out this album I listened to it twice, and both times I asked myself “Is this a gag?” because the solid playing seems totally incongruous when paired with the wildly off-key and just plain bad vocals of Mr. Himself. That’s not to say it isn’t entertaining and even amusing, but I don’t understand why a band would willingly shoot its own promise in the foot for the sake of including a singer as bad as Himself. Well, whatever the case may be, I’m going to not only give these guys a slightly-better-than-passing grade, I also recommend them to any who like the “what the fuck?” aspect of the band’s singular presentation. Is this a joke? Let’s just say that humor is in the eye of the beholder, and if truth be told I must admit to a fondness for these crazy bastards, and Himself’s vocal kind of remind me of a parody of Suicidal Tendencies’ Mike Muir and the already-parodic Billy Milano, and how often do you run into that? Continue reading “Total Universe Man” by Valient Thorr→