LP Review 'Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk' by Valley of the Sun
Valley of the Sun hails from the southwest corner of the buckeye state, Cincinnati, where they grow the riffs righteous and rowdy. Kyuss is first in the band's list of influences and that should tell you all you need to know about Valley of the Sun. After two solid EPs (Two Thousand Ten, The Sayings of the Seers), the fellas have released a scorching full album. Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk features Ryan Ferrier on guitar and vocals, Ryan McAllister on bass and Aaron Boyer on drums. "Worn Teeth" opens with a riff reminiscent of Monster Magnet complimented by the swagger of Clutch. The anticipation leading up to the heavy riff is as satisfying as the sonic punch to the face when it arrives. "As Earth and Moon" and "Maya" bring a slew of fast-paced riffs complimented with tasty cowbell. Ferrier's vocals really shine on "The Message is Get Down" and McAllister's bass chops carry the rest of the band through "Nomads." "Lazer Vision Intermission" provides a little breather of acoustic instrumentation and on the final cut, "Centuar Rodeo," Boyer swings out before bringing the tempo full throttle at the end of the six-minute ride.
Valley of the Sun has a familiar, comforting feel—just like a favorite leather jacket. The production on the recording is stellar and there are many layers to this band if you dig a little into the name and the lyrical symbolism. This three-piece delivers a solid, heavy rock vibe that is sure to have you nodding your head and planning a return trip to the Valley.