Guest Blog: Valient Thorr, Part 4 – Sadat Thorr
A “left-handed Aquarius, master of the fine arts, wordsmith, survivor,” as it says on his Facebook page, Valient Thorr frontman Valient Himself is now also a RevolverMag.com blogger. But today he’s handed off his duties to his bandmate, guitarist Sadat Thorr. Valient Thorr’s new album, Our Own Masters, hits stores June 18. The band is currently on tour with Gypsyhawk and Ramming Speed.
The influences of Valient Thorr are, in my opinion, unmistakably diverse, because we all love very different kinds of music. So when we decided to individually list some of them I knew exactly who I would write about.
For a lot of people, when they hear the name Genesis, they think of Phil Collins or Invisible Touch. Not knowing they had a slew of great progressive rock albums in the 70’s (i.e. Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway) with Peter Gabriel on lead vocals. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the pop drenched 80’s Genesis, but several years ago I came across their 1972 album Foxtrot. At first I couldn’t wrap my brain around it and at the same time could not stop listening. After a while I realized they had mastered sudden changes in melody and time without losing the feel of rhythm or the listener’s attention. I spent one whole European tour listening to this record over and over slowly falling in love with every song. At the same time I realized that it had the same characteristics as a great cult film, you can’t dig it in the first listen, and the depth of this thing takes time and many listens to soak in. Depth not just in the layers of tracks put on tape but depth in lyrics, mood and big British balls! This is one of the heaviest records ever and it NEVER GETS OLD!
Listening to our new record, Our Own Masters, you may not hear the musical influence from Foxtrot immediately but after a few listens I believe the diversity of the songs on this new record recall the freedom that Genesis displayed track to track. We also really focused on sharpening the time changes and structures within the songs so the rhythm continues to flow a lot like they did. Our Own Masters has twelve tracks and everyone one of them are different, some extremely different. I think it makes a great listen. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished. Even if we don’t sell a million records, I’ll be happy if someday a kid discovers our record in a used bin and gets the same joy from it that I get every time I put on Foxtrot.