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Official Release Date Jun 17, 2008
Artist Valient Thorr
Genre Pop
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0005215430
Item Code  0689640879117

track listing

1. I Hope the Ghosts of the Dead Haunt Yr Soul Forever2. Infinite Lives3. Mask of Sanity4. Tomorrow Police5. No Holds Barred6. Parable of Daedalus7. Birdhead Looking Goldenhands8. Vernal Equinox9. 1000 Winters in a Row10. Red Flag11. Nomadic Sacrifice12. Steeplechase13. Tackle the Walrus14. [untitled Hidden Track]


Valient Thorr were extraordinarily busy in the two Earth years separating their third and fourth albums, reportedly logging more than 500 shows, welcoming new guitarist Voiden Thorr into the fold, and losing one kidney -- donated by frontman Valient Himself (normally known for spleen venting) to his ailing father. His Earth father, that is...for, you see, the North Carolina-based musicians still insist that they actually hail from the planet Venus -- even though their epic fourth effort, 2008's Immortalizer, proves once again that at least their musical influences derive from very earthly (and earthy) touchstones such as AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, and especially the MC5, from whom they channel not only their quasi-religious gonzo rock revival, but also the rebellious spirit fueling their alternately fantasy-laced and brazenly political lyrics. Hey, maybe the MC5 were from Venus, too! In any case, Immortalizer may just be Valient Thorr's heaviest album yet -- both sonically and thematically -- as the band regularly launches into enraged anthems against oppression like "I Hope the Ghosts of the Dead Haunt Yr Soul Forever," "Mask of Sanity," and "Nomadic Sacrifice," with even more verve and bile than on previous releases. Valient Himself also treads far more allegorical pathways throughout Immortalizer, frequently masking his overt paranoia on nevertheless caustic indictments like "Steeplechase," "Tackle the Walrus," and album highlight "Parable of Daedalus" (which boasts a main riff sequence reminiscent of Rainbow and what is arguably the best of many guitar solo duels found here), among others. Additional standouts include the time-traveling mix of science fiction imagery and down-and-dirty retro hard rock heard on "Tomorrow Police" (which owes much to AC/DC); the stream-of-consciousness hilarity and liquid guitar licks of "No Holds Barred" (setting off sparks of vintage Ted Nugent); and the space blues interlude "Vernal Equinox," which somehow makes acoustic guitars sound like instruments from another, twilight dimension. But the album's emotional centerpiece may just be the apocalyptic "1000 Winters in a Row," which spells out a virtual distillation of Valient Thorr's decidedly altered state for social activism thusly: "Do you really believe the flashes coming from your television are relevant pieces of information? Do you think that there is any way whatsoever that one person can make a difference in this world? In This Time? In this place? In this reality? IS THIS REALITY?" And it's with recurring, unexpected twists such as this that Valient Thorr continue to distinguish themselves and their music from the generalized hard rock masses, achieving in Immortalizer an album that just may stand the test of time across all planets of the solar system.


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