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Valient Thorr Gearing Up For Tour

North Carolina hard rock heavyweights Valient Thorr released sixth studio album "Our Own Masters" on June 18th.

"Our Own Masters" was recorded at Ronnie Jone Sound Studios in Athens, GA and produced, engineered, and mixed by Kyle Spence of experimental rockers Harvey Milk.

On September 6th, Valient Thorr will launch a North American tour that will kick off with a performance as part of the 2013 Hopscotch Festival, in Durham, NC. The 22 city headlining trek will feature support from Boston's Ramming Speed and Portland, Oregon's Lord Dying and will run through September 29th with a celebratory homecoming gig in Chapel Hill, NC. Get ready to party.

Valient Thorr frontman Valient Himself comments, "Alahoyus Thorriors and True Believers! We are back from Europe, finishing up a nice little break and excited as Hell about bringing the sounds of 'Our Own Masters' to more of the United States (and Vancouver!)! Along for the ride with us will be our brothers from Bawston Ramming Speed! Also along on these adventures comes Portland's Lord Dying!

"Check out our website for details and dates and links fer yer tickets to PA-RA-DISE (or Boise, San Fran, Fort Worth or wherever it is you live that we will be ROCK-N!) PUT CHYER SOULS ON THA TABLE CAUSE ITS TIME TO SHAKE IT OUT!!" More...

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Ramming Speed Announces New Live Shows

Hide your beers and lock up the liquor cabinet, as Boston “thrashholes” Ramming Speed have set their sights on the western U.S.

The quintet will meet up once again with Valient Thorr beginning on September 7th. Full dates can be found below.

Ramming Speed’s Prosthetic debut full-length “Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die” was recorded earlier this year at GodCity Studio in Salem, Mass. with Kurt Ballou (Skeletonwitch, Converge, High on Fire). Check out the song "Dead Flags" at this location.

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Valient Thorr Streaming New Track

Chapel Hill, North Carolina act Valient Thorr will release sixth studio album "Our Own Masters" on June 18th via Volcom Entertainment. The album was recorded at Ronnie Jone Sound Studios in Athens, GA and produced, engineered, and mixed by Kyle Spence of experimental rockers Harvey Milk.

Now, MetalSucks premieres the brand new track "Torn Apart," calling the cut "overloaded with fun - it's 25% rock, 25% beer, 25% weed, and 25% sex, all distilled into audio form." Crank your speakers and rock "Torn Apart" here or through the player below. More...

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Valient Thorr Streaming New Song

North Carolina's Valient Thorr will release sixth studio album "Our Own Masters" on June 18th via Volcom Entertainment. The album was recorded at Ronnie Jone Sound Studios in Athens, GA and produced, engineered, and mixed by Kyle Spence of experimental rockers Harvey Milk.

Now, Pitchfork gives music fans a first-listen to the new LP, premiering the new song "No Strings Attached." Check out the song right here.

"When we wrote the music for 'No Strings Attached' it sounded like nothing we had ever done before," says Valient Thorr front man Valient himself. "The vibe reminded me so much of the feeling I would get when Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back In Town' would come on in the summertime and it was hot and all you wanted was to get off work and grab some beers and see what kind of party was happening. We always talk about positive vibrations, but a lot of our stories either come from or end up with dark tones, so I tried to write something that had a 'we're still here, let's make the most of it' vibe. It is definitely supposed to be a bright view of the future." More...

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Valient Thorr To Release New Album

Chapel Hill, North Carolina's Valient Thorr will release sixth studio album "Our Own Masters" on June 18th via Volcom Entertainment.

Recorded at Ronnie Jone Sound Studios in Athens, GA and produced, engineered, and mixed by Kyle Spence of experimental rockers Harvey Milk, "Our Own Masters" delivers twelve tracks of balls-to-the-wall rock that yearns to be played at full volume. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Formed in 2000, Valient Thorr plays loud, fast heavy music -- influenced by both metal and punk -- that draws creatively from touchstones such as AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and the MC5 (Motörhead might also be a point of reference here, though more in spirit than in sound).

"The band has a stranglehold on amped-up hard rock and stripped-down heavy metal, barnstorming stages across the world with its catchy, ass-kicking riffs, unmatched energy, fist-pumping anthems and hyper-agitated live show, led by front man and ringleader Valient Himself, whose highly entertaining, heady lyrics (the singer was once a college professor) become a call to arms for the band's legions of devoted fans -- nicknamed the 'Thorriors' -- that assemble in chapters and track the band from show to show, town to town.

"Valient Thorr is a group that averages between 200 and 250 live shows a year, be it on stage as beloved headliners exposing the world to developing new acts (see Royal Thunder, Red Fang) or criss-crossing the globe as special guests of peers such as Mastodon, Motörhead and Misfits. More...

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Gypsyhawk Announces Tour With Valient Thorr

Pasadena, CA's Gypsyhawk has announced that the band will support Valient Thorr on tour this summer. Serving as the openers on the tour will be Ramming Speed.

The tour will begin on June 12th in Charlotte, NC and hits cities throughout east coast and Midwest before wrapping up on July 6th in Raleigh, NC. Additional shows before and after the shows with Valient Thorr are in the works and will be announced shortly.

Guitarist Andrew Packer comments on the tour: "Valient Thorr are one of the most kick ass bands rocking hard out there right now. I hear they're all awesome dudes and know what partying is supposed to be about so we're absolutely pumped to be supporting them. Ramming speed have been on my turntable quite a bit the last year so I'm really excited for them too. This tour is going to be a brachiosaurus stomping on boxes of TNT."

Vocalist/bassist Eric Harris simply proclaims: "this is gonna be fucking tight." More...

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FFF 2012 Announces Day Lineup Schedule

AUSTIN, TX (SEPTEMBER 5, 2012) – FUN FUN FUN FEST announced today the daily schedule for the 7th annual festival with Single Day Tickets now on sale for the Fest to be held November 2-4, 2012 at Auditorium Shores in Austin.

Recently reunited legendary hip-hop outfit Run-D.M.C will headline opening night, along with performances from Santigold, seminal L.A. punk group X, Dillon Francis and Twin Sister. Saturday night will feature Girl Talk, Johnny Lydon’s PiL, Refused, A$AP Rocky, Diamond Rugs and more. Closing out the final day of the Fest are sets by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Turbonegro, Etienne De Crecy, and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Check out the complete schedule by day with performance times below. More...

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GWAR-B-Q Lineup Announced

Today Ring Dog Rescue and Slave Pit Inc. have released the final lineup for their annual summer slaughter-fest, THE GWAR-B-Q, which takes place on August 18th. The lineup is as follows:

GWAR
The Casualties
Strike Anywhere
Ghoul
Valient Thorr
Murderess
The Burial
Lionize
Occultist
Lost Tribe
Highness
Antietam 1862
Mutwawa
Black Naked Wings

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. All of the set times and set lengths are TBA and tickets will be available at this location starting on July 9th. This year's GWAR-B-Q takes place at Hadads Water Park. More...

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Holy Grail Adds More Tour Dates

As was previously announced, Holy Grail will be heading out on a run of tour dates with Valient Thorr after wrapping up the band's current tour alongside Dragonforce and Huntress. Holy Grail has now added on additional dates to the tour with Valient Thorr in the coming months. The upcoming Holy Grail shows are as follows:

5/4 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre #
5/5 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
5/6 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater #
5/8 San Francisco, CA - Slim's #
5/10 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour #
5/11 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues (OC) #
5/30 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone %
5/31 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Live %
6/1 Dallas, TX - Double Wide%
6/3 San Antonio, TX - The Korova %
6/5 Tulsa, OK - Downtown Lounge %
6/6 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room *
6/7 St. Louis, MO - Fubar *
6/10 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
6/12 Huntington, WV - V Club Live *
6/13 Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose *
6/14 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club *
6/16 Allston, MA - Great Scott *
6/17 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
6/19 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
6/20 Chicago, IL - Double Door *
6/21 Hamtramck, MI - Small’s *
6/22 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme *
6/23 Madison, WI - The Frequency *
6/24 Minneapolis, Minnesota - Triple Rock Social Club *
6/26 Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre *
6/27 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater *
6/28 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue *
6/29 Boise, ID - Neurolux *
6/30 Seattle, WA - El Corazon *
7/1 Portland, OR - The Star Theater *
7/2 Sparks, NV - The Alley *
7/3 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
7/5 Los Angeles, CA - The Down & Out *
7/6 San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
7/7 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory *
7/10 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
7/12 Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep *
7/13 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground *
7/14 Columbia, MO - Mojo’s *
7/15 Indianapolis, IN - Birdy’s *
7/18 Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia *
7/19 Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop*
# w/ Dragonforce, Huntress
% w/ Valient Thorr, The Kickass
* w/ Valient Thorr, Royal Thunder, The Kickass

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Holy Grail Announces New Tour Dates

The Los Angeles-based, classic metal-inspired quintet Holy Grail doesn't believe in taking breaks! The band, currently on a national tour alongside Dragonforce and Huntress, will head back out on the road to support fellow rockers Valient Thorr just a few weeks after the Dragonforce tour wraps up on May 11th.

The first batch of Valient Thorr dates are below, with more shows still to be announced in the near future.

In recent weeks, Holy Grail has continued to put the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2010’s “Crisis In Utopia” with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom). A fall release is expected.

4/27 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave #
4/28 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue #
4/29 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre #
5/1 Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room #
5/2 Calgary, AB - Republik #
5/4 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre #
5/5 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
5/6 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater #
5/8 San Francisco, CA - Slim's #
5/10 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour #
5/11 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues (OC) #
5/30 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone%
5/31 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Live%
6/1 Dallas, TX - Double Wide%
6/3 San Antonio, TX - The Korova%
6/5 Tulsa, OK - Downtown Lounge%
6/6 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room %
6/7 St. Louis, MO - Fubar%
# w/ Dragonforce, Huntress
% w/ Valient Thorr

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Pentagram Announces U.S. Shows

Pentagram will be honoring the band's 40th anniversary by showcasing new songs live, alongside Valient Thorr and Jeff the Brotherhood. This will be the band's first official U.S. headlining tour in support of "Last Rites," and the currently announced details are as follows:

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Pentagram tour w/ Valient Thorr and JEFF the Brotherhood
08/13 Echo Park, CA The Echo / Power of the Riff – no Valient Thorr or JEFF the Brotherhood
08/18 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club
08/19 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
08/20 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
08/21 New York, NY Les Poisson Rouge
08/26 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's
08/27 Baltimore, MD Sonar

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Motorhead Came To Austin With Guns A'blazing

The rustic décor of Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater seemed ideal for Motorhead front man Lemmy. Wearing his trademark black western wear, Lemmy could have been an outlaw gambler in a past life, searching out a lucrative poker game in the saloons of Texas’s capital city. March 8, 2011 wasn’t the scene of a 1980s Kenny Roger’s film, but Motorhead came prepared with an “Ace of Spades” up their sleeves.

Even after 37 years in the rock‘n’roll biz, Motorhead has a reach and longevity like few others. Their crossover appeal brought in a sold-out crowd of over 2,000 old school metal heads, bikers, punks, thrashers, black metal fans and stoners. Although nowhere near the legend of Motorhead, Maryland’s bluesy, heavy rock troupe Clutch has carved its own niche in the hard rock world. Their inclusion on the tour not only brought in a unique section of fans; the group’s style was a good fit with Motorhead.

Valient Thorr’s sleazy rock disposition gave the tour a feeling of completeness. The North Carolina opener fed the crowd large doses of volume to go with the huge quantities of beer and BBQ (look for Stubb’s products in your local grocery store) it had already ingested. Front man, Valient Himself stalked the stage like a Sasquatch, hair obscuring his face with every bang of his head.

Wearing jean jackets, bassist Dr. Professor Nitewolf Strangees and guitarists Sadat Thorr and Eidan Thorr combined to form old school metal tandems. Tracks such as set closer 'Sleeper Awakes' and 'Mask of Sanity' proved the band supplemented their stoner rock diet with a few dishes of Judas Priest, Metallica, and Iron Maiden.

Clutch slowed down the pace set by Valient Thorr. The group has become mellower since I first saw them open for Sepultura in 1994. The bruising "Come on Motherfucker" or the hopping dynamics of "Space Grass" were not on display. In fact, the group played nothing from the first two records, which commonly happens when a band has twenty-plus-years of recordings.

“Blast Tyrant” marked the earliest material, which the group obviously highlighted to promote its upcoming reissue. Clutch played album favorites 'I Am Immortal,' 'The Mob Goes Wild,' and 'Cypress Grove' to a welcomed applause. Another notable track was '50,000 Unstoppable Watts' from the “Strange Cousins from the West” album.

Clutch has made a name for itself as a jam band. While I’ve seen Clutch go off on longer tangents, the group made sure to insert a couple of jam sessions. Even though the years have faded their aggression, Clutch’s musical skill has vastly improved. Neil Fallon and Tim Sult created a dialog with the stars through trippy guitar solos. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster displayed impressive chops, something I didn’t notice until his performance with Wino on “Punctuated Equilibrium.”

Amidst a winged backdrop and drum platform scribed with the title of their new album, Motorhead pushed the venue’s speakers to the max. While not cranking their volume to the extent as their indoor performance (the last time I saw Motorhead) with Black Sabbath and Morbid Angel in 1994 (good year for concerts), I would not advise standing in front of a speaker. A blown speaker needed the help of Mickey Dee’s snare hits to straighten out the static produced by Lemmy’s rumbling bass. More...

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Valient Thorr Posts New Music Video Online

North Carolina hard rock act Valient Thorr has posted its new music video online for the track "Doublecrossed." The song appears on the band's latest studio effort, "Stranger" You can view the video below:

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First Batch Of Bands Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced the first round of bands that will be performing at next year's version of the event. Among them include hardcore punk icons Bad Brains and The Exploited, along with many metal veterans such as Mayhem, Angel Witch, Sodom, Doro and the return of Swiss thrashers Coroner. Also on the bill will be Triptykon, Belphegor, Church Of Misery, Converge, The Haunted, The Melvins, Dodheimsgard, Grave, In Solitude, Therion, Karma To Burn, Malevolent Creation, Morne, My Sleeping Karma, Nasty, Orphaned Land, Raw Power, Septicflesh, Shai Hulud, Valient Thorr, The Young Gods and Your Demise. Over 100 other bands are expected to be confirmed for the festival, which will take place from June 17th-19th in the town of Clisson.

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Howl Updates Tour Schedule

Howl has announced more tour dates to the band's month-long U.S. tour alongside Valient Thorr this fall. This tour will kick-off in early September and include Junius for a majority of the dates. Howl is also currently on tour in the southern U.S. with Black Cobra, rounding out four-weeks together.

Howl is touring in support of the band's debut full-length "Full Of Hell," which is currently streaming in its entirety via this location. The album was recorded at Machines With Magnets studios with engineer Keith Souza.

The upcoming Howl tour dates are as follows: More...

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Mastodon Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Atlanta, Georgia based metal outfit Mastodon has announced that they will be heading out on the road in April for a headlining tour in support of their latest album, "Crack The Skye." Joining them on the tour will be Between The Buried And Me, Baroness and Valient Thorr. Tickets for the tour will go on sale this friday (12th.)

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Tonight's Headbangers Ball Line-Up Details

Tonight's Headbangers Ball on MTV2 at 2 AM ET/PT will feature Bam Margera and the following lineup of videos:

Isis - "20 Minutes / 40 Years"
Cradle of Filth - "Nymphetamine"
Janus - "Eyesore"
Mastodon - "Divinations"
Valient Thorr - "Tomorrow Police"
CKY - "Flesh Into Gear"
Killswitch Engage - "End of Heartache"
Killswitch Engage - "Rose of Sharyn"
Dream Theater - "Pull Me Under"

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Tonight's Headbangers Ball Line-Up Details

Tonight's Headbangers Ball on MTV2 at 2 AM ET/PT will feature Valient Thorr and the following lineup of videos:

Valient Thorr - "Tomorrow Police"
Isis - "20 Minutes/ 40 Years"
Miss May I - "Forgive and Forget"
Otep - "Smash The Control Machine"
Converge - "Axe To Fall"
Echoes the Fall - "Break Away"
Janus - "Eyesore"

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Valient Thorr To Support Mastodon In The U.K.

Valient Thorr has announced that they will be heading out on the road with Atlanta based metal group Mastodon in Britain later this year. Mastodon are touring in support of their latest studio offering, "Crack The Skye" which is available now.

The tour dates are as follows:

June 5 Sheffield Corporation
June 6 Manchester Academy II
June 7 Glasgow ABC
June 9 London Islington Academy

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