Valient Thorr
"Legend of the World"

(Volcom Entertainment 2006)Valient Thorr - Legend of the World

If a group of dirty looking guys with long hair and equally long, scraggly beards came up to you on the street and starting talking to you and wildly raving about politics, you would probably hurry by and avoid direct eye contact. But if that group is a rock band you like, you will likely pay for the privilege to hear their music and see them play. In the tradition of great political rock bands like the MC5, Valient Thorr knows how to make their messages and their music work when given some instruments and a microphone.

Guitars squeal as the hard hitting instrumentation keeps a feel good boogie in its step as "Heatseeker" and "Rezerection" set the album's mood early on before taking a rougher attitude as "Lime Green Net" kicks wildly. Valient Thorr lifts the familiar hook from Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" for the hard hitting and quick churning "Exit Strategy." Valient Thorr frontman Valient Himself -- with the air of Mondo Generator's Nick Oliveri -- puts an arm collectively around listeners' shoulders and draws them in while he shares his paranoia on "False Reports," using a psychedelic spoken interlude, and talks conspiratorially about humans being embedded with microchips on the catchy "Goveruptcy." The band change things up for "Fall Of Pangea" as they engage listeners with a change in their musical formula, adding extended instrumental sections and vibrant dynamics to the lyrically based song.

Valient Thorr get in your face on "Legend of the World" -- but not to provoke. Instead they make just enough noise to make you take notice and listen to what they have to say. An equal combination of Southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd and strong instrumentation reminiscent of Motorhead's nonstop rhythms and ZZ Top's solid guitar licks, Valient Thorr's "Legend of the World" is a political message that knows how to party.

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