Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Valley of the Sun-Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk

Another day, another great rock and roll record, proving the enduring might of the genre as it rises back to the fore in 2014. Valley of the Sun are soon to drop their new LP Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk a riff heavy rock and roll masterpiece that is sludgy, destructive, and simply beautiful. Engaging and fun, this is the sort of album that you can spin again and again simply because Valley of the Sun get what it means to play rock and roll and clearly have a blast doing it. And once you dig into the fuzzy layers of this record, you realize, rock and roll will never die.

From the opening moments of Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk you know you're in for something special. The bluesy riff off Worn Teeth sets the mood for the whole album. The faded out vocals also provide a unique taste, reminding me a little bit of bands like Red Fang. Yet the clear influence here is Kyuss, the crushing riffs and strangely beautiful vocals make sure of that. Toss in a colossal bottom end who provide an unholy amount of noise and you have yourself a rock record that also rolls. This is a tight performance through and through, and I almost want to say that these ten songs get better with each spin. It certainly feels that way.

Unafraid to sacrifice it all to distortion, power, and passion, this is the sort of rock record the world needs more of. In a world where so many old gods are simply mockeries of their past selves, it's nice to have someone bringing it loud and proud, rock and roll for the ages. With elements of grunge and alt rock within, this is an album that encompasses many a genre and will capture the hearts of thousands. The distinct brand of 'Volume Rock' (Their words not mine) that defines this record is beautiful and what can I say? I'm left begging for more!

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