9 p.m. Revolution. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
Valient Thorr took the bluesy swagger of ZZ Top, the whisky-blistered vocals of AC/DC and the triumphant fist-pumping-ness of Van Halen and combined them with the melodic shredding and galloping guitars of the best of the NWOBHM (new wave of British heavy metal for those not in the know) bands, creating a magical hybrid that's nod-and-a-wink funny while also being utterly dedicated to mindlessly rocking the eff out.
"Tough Customer" is a prime example of this: It's an unhinged rager, reminiscent of Angus and Co.'s blistering "Riff Raff." The video for "Sleeper Awakes" is pretty metal (points for the "Dune" reference) and its depiction of the heavy metal lifestyle seemed pretty realistic until it showed one of the guys taking a shower, but it's still a good tune and a good video.
I guess this is my takeaway after listening to a whole bunch of Valient Thorr songs: Remember how "Kill 'Em All" ruled because it was kick-ass, take-no-prisoners thrash metal, and many of the songs were about being in a kick-ass, take-no-prisoners thrash metal band? Well Valient Thorr keeps that proud tradition going in the 21st century.