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Opening with the plodding riffs of "Electric Man,” Great Western Valkyrie is the Rival Sons’ biggest and baddest studio effort, a no-holds-barred assault of ‘70s-influenced rock, swirling psychedelia, and overdriven guitars. Tunes like “Secret” and “Play the Fool” are inspired by the muscular, blues-driven bash of Zeppelin and Sabbath, while more solemn moments (“Rich and the Poor,” “Good Things”) are awash in psychedelic guitars and spacey reverb. Vocalist Jay Buchanan offers inspired songwriting and howling intensity throughout—matched at every turn by the fierce guitar work of Scott Holiday.

Customer Reviews


Every track is amazing! Gets better every time I listen to it. Their best album to date!


Never thought I would ever hear the sound that first turned me on to rock and roll when I was twelve years old!!!! Amazing sound!!!!


love this band. they are definitely the resurgence of true rock. but this release is WAY over produced and crashy. too much of a flange effect on the basically mars what otherwise would be perfection. Too much "white stripes" static....more that than a classic rock vibe, unfortunately.


Formed: 2008 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Based in sunny Los Angeles, California, Rival Sons evoke the bluesy rock of bands like Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes. Formed in 2008, the quartet of Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums), and Jay Buchanan (vocals) captures that massively huge, guitar-driven classic rock sound, with rock-solid drumming and a riff-oriented approach to songwriting backing up Buchanan's soaring vocals. Shortly after forming, the band self-released its debut, Before the Fire, in 2009, produced...
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