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Great Western Valkyrie by Rival Sons

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What happens if you take all the best Blues Rock bands of the 60s and 70s, add a pinch of Soul, Motown and Metal, then throw the whole thing in a slow-cooker? You get something pretty awesome, apparently.

In a time where music is often processed into robotic oblivion, it’s refreshing to hear a band that keeps it simple and tight. You’ll find only the essentials in this stripped down four-piece band from Long Beach, CA: guitar, bass, drums and vocals (and perhaps the occasional background organ). There’s no auto-tuning or crazy sound effects here—just good old fashioned kick-ass hard rock. That’s not to say there isn’t a modern aesthetic at play here. Where rock of the 60s and 70s often meanders down long, bizarre tangents (think Iron Butterfly invisible sms tracker for iphone spy app free. if you have reason to mistrust ’s In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, which clocks in at seventeen plus minutes), Rival Sons presents an album of taught, three to five minute packages that never test the listener’s patience, but always deliver the goods.

Rival Sons is well known for their eclectic influences, which range from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple to Cream to the Doors to…more than can possibly be named. This mélange absolutely comes into play on Great Western Valkyrie, their fourth and latest studio album (released in June of 2014). In addition, for those with more modern tastes, there’s moments within various songs that will remind you of Tom Morello’s guitar riffs (Electric Man), Wolfmother’s wailing vocals (Secret), Fitz and The Tantrum’s retro Soul/Motown organ (Good Things) and David Grohl’s sick drum beats (Play the Fool), to name just a few. In the process, Rival Sons rises beyond a mere re-hashing of the favorites and becomes its own unique blend. The album is a rich stew you’ll gladly come back to for seconds and even thirds.window.location = “”;