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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Interstellar Rockers Valient Thorr Set to Conquer the Planet

Intergalactic rock n` roll saviors Valient Thorr are back in action and returning to the road this summer, having just announced a 30 plus date, cross-country U.S. tour with Early Man - as well as additional opening acts Architects, Kandi Coded, Monotonix, Skeletonwitch, and Toxic Holocaust on select dates - in support of the June 17 release of their latest masterpiece, Immortalizer, on Volcom Entertainment. The new record - the band`s fourth in five years - drops after the band`s short but much-needed break, during which charismatic frontman Valient Himself underwent transplant surgery to donate a kidney to his ailing father (note: both are currently recuperating at home). Not one to rest for too long, Valient will take the band out immediately after his month-long recovery, playing in front of hundreds of thousands of rabid fans at the UK`s Download Festival , club shows in the UK and Germany, and Belgium`s Graspop Festival in June before launching the U.S. tour on July 11 in Portland, OR.

For the tour the band has introduced new merchandise to help offset medical expenses.

Says the band`s site, "100% of all proceeds from this shirt will go directly to the mounting medical costs of kidney donation from Valient Himself to his earthly father.

Remember, you aren`t just buying a shirt, you are giving a gift and the shirt represents that."

In their five-year existence, Valient Thorr has already garnered awe and respect from peers and fans alike. During a successful 2007 European opening slot for metal heroes Motörhead, Valient Thorr`s incendiary live set provoked Motörhead`s Lemmy Kilmister to proclaim, "People need to hear this band." The band`s contemporaries have chimed in as well, with Troy Sanders of Mastodon claiming, "This music makes my fangs grow. It`s a raw slice of rock fury," while Fat Mike of NOFX claimed "I fucking hate metal, but I like these guys."

Meanwhile, press outlets from across the country have had no shortage of praise for Valient Thorr. Revolver Magazine calls them "ass-shaking, dual guitar rawk `n` roll." while Spin wrote that the band "conjures images of the Norse god of thunder." Alternative Press declared that Valient Thorr has "some of the most kick-ass guitar riffs this side of the 70`s," and Los Angeles City Beat loved their "gut kicking stage show."

Immortalizer was recorded in Seattle with veteran producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Hot Hot Heat), who helped Valient Thorr shape their signature sound with a mix of punk-fueled energy, heavyweight grooves and classic rock swagger. Previous albums such as the band`s self-released 2003 debut Stranded on Earth, their 2005 Volcom debut Total Universe Man, and 2006 follow-up Legend of the World tackled the world`s problems straight on with a blunt, in-your-face attack on the Bush Administration, war in the Middle East and capitalism run amok.

Since hitting the road full-time, Valient Thorr has enjoyed successive, high-profile stints on the Vans Warped Tour in 2005 and 2006, and has toured incessantly with such varied acts as Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, Eagles of Death Metal, Gogol Bordello, Fu Manchu, and Motörhead.

Friday, July 11, 2008: Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre (all ages)
Saturday, July 12, 2008: Seattle, WA – El Corazon (all ages)
Sunday, July 13, 2008: Spokane, WA – The Boulevard (all ages)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008: Park City, UT – The Playground
Wednesday, July 16, 2008: Denver, CO – The Larimer Lounge (all ages)
Thursday, July 17, 2008: TBA
Friday, July 18, 2008: Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock (all ages)
Saturday, July 19, 2008: Chicago, IL – Reggie`s Live (all ages)
Sunday, July 20, 2008: St Louis, MO – The Bluebird (all ages)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008: Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick (all ages)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008: Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop (18 and over)
Thursday, July 24, 2008: Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel (18 and over)
Friday, July 25, 2008: New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (18 and over)
Saturday, July 26, 2008: TBA
Sunday, July 27, 2008: Virginia Beach, VA – Steppin` Out
Tuesday, July 29, 2008: Raleigh, NC – Volume 11(all ages)
Wednesday, July 30, 2008: Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox Laundrolounge (all ages)
Thursday, July 31, 2008: Charlotte, NC – The Milestone Barcade (21 and over)
Friday, August 01, 2008: Jacksonville, FL – Landshark Cafe (all ages)
Saturday, August 02, 2008: Orlando, FL – The Backbooth (21 and over)
Sunday, August 03, 2008: Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
Monday, August 04, 2008: Atlanta, GA – The Earl (18 and over)
Tuesday, August 05, 2008: New Orelans, LA – One Eyed Jack`s (18 and over)
Wednesday, August 06, 2008: Houston, TX – Rudyard`s (21 and over)
Thursday, August 07, 2008: Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock (all ages)
Friday, August 08, 2008: Dallas, TX - TBA
Saturday, August 09, 2008: Austin, TX – Red Seven
Monday, August 11, 2008: Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
Tuesday, August 12, 2008: Tucson, AZ - TBA
Wednesday, August 13, 2008: Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse (all ages)
Wednesday, August 14, 2008: TBA
Friday, August 15, 2008: Los Angeles, CA - The Troubador (all ages)

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