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Title: CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC
Label: SSO-Small Stone Records
Catalog #: 59
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As far as debut records go, Valis’ Vast Active Living Intelligence System was about as close to perfect as you can get. Swirling guitars mixed with a thundering, explosive rhythm section the way Jack Daniels mixes with Coke, and heavy, riff-laden rawk took the listener just far enough into the stratosphere to leave his head swimming in the ether.
Thankfully, Van Conner knows that “close” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Thus is born Champions of Magic, five new sludge-drenched gems added to the previous brilliant tracks – not so much a reissue as a redux, like a conversation started, stopped, and then picked up again years later.
Formed in Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters’ basement back in 1996, Valis started as a casual side project. All veterans of the Northwest scene, the boys began paying their dues once again, sharing bills with the likes of Fu Manchu and Queens of the Stone Age. With the release of the now-complete Champions of Magic, in addition to last year’s Head Full of Pills, Valis has come full circle. Connor and the boys are poised atop the majestic peaks of the Northwest, ready to show the world what music can be. Look for a trail of destruction to follow in their wake across Europe this summer, and pray the boys visit your town this fall.
Valis features ex-members of Screaming Trees and Tad.
“As I hear it, Valis know what they’re capable of, and they have every right in the world to flaunt it…this, right here, is the future of rock ‘n’ roll. Each one of these tracks is a virtual reality trip into your wildest and most bizarre dreams. Valis have created a musical prophetic vision.” – Roadburn
“Watch out world, because rock heavyweights Valis are coming to a town near you. Valis, containing members of the legendary TAD, Kitty Kitty and Screaming Trees, [are] pure rock and roll mixed with the fuzz/psyche these guys do so brilliantly.” – StonerRockChick.com
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