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Recently in a quest to find new music I had been listening to the Indie Metal network on Google Play Music while I was driving. Most of it was pretty hum drum but then I heard this song and I had to pull over to fiddle with my phone and give it a 'Like' or a 'Thumbs Up' or whatever the fuck it is that you do with GPM to get it to remember a song for later.
Yeah, I'm that desperate for new music that I'll pull my car off the the road in the hope that one song will lead to more! And it did! In Spades!
Valient Thorr is the name of the band.
Unfortunately these guys aren't popular enough or their label is tight fisted enough that I can't even link the song 'cause it's not on YouTube.
The singles that are available on YouTube don't fully encapsulate what I dig about the band. They're more the 'radio friendly' type stuff that kind of follow the basic 'verse, chorus, verse' style of music and while their music is fine it's really the song composition that caught my attention. The odd timing is almost prog-rock in nature.
They remind me a lot of when I first heard System of a Down and how I'd never heard the heavy fast riffs mixed with weird time signatures and out-there vocals.
Valient Thorr is nothing like System of a Down though, don't get me wrong.. but that feeling of wonder, of 'What're they going to do next?' that I got listening to SOAD reared it's head while listening to these guys.
Apparently they've been featured in a couple of video games like Guitar Hero and The Crew so some of you may have heard of 'em before but I was taken completely by surprise.
That song probably comes closest to showing what they do. The mix of riffs, the time changes, the almost jazz-like drumming, little solo's thrown in here and there. The song is just normal riff stuff until around the 1 minute mark and then they start really heating up.
Just fun and exciting music making.
Anyway.. I just wanted to write something about something and share the fact that I'd found some fun music. 'Cause it's been a long time since I had something to listen to that made me go 'Wheeeeee!'
Thanks everyone. I ended up just giving up and buying it digitally. So far I'm enjoying it very much.
I do also plan on playing Old Blood. All in preperation for the new one in October. Which looks awesome too.
Also, everyone if you haven't played Doom and have the itch for a FPS.. I recommend it. It's what got me itching to play Wolf in the first place.
So for those of you who haven't heard, Bill Paxton died because of complications during heart surgery. Fucking. Bummer.
This guy was one of my favorite supporting actors to see in flicks. He was rarely the main character but always a delight.
I will be doing a binge of movies he's been in over the next few weeks or months or however long it takes me to go through all of these movies. Here is my list of movies to watch that have him in it, in no particular order:
A Simple Plan
Edge of Tomorrow
There's a shit ton more but those are my favorites.