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Any band whose Wikipedia entry has both a fictional history and an actual history is worth a little digging, right? Valient Thorr - a band we had the opportunity to see at their kick ass Spaceland show before the blew the roof off SXSW - definitely raises an eyebrow or two. Not the prettiest looking or sounding, but something about these North Carolina rockers struck a cord with us. Maybe it was their "whatever goes" attitude, thrashing guitar riffs or Valient (yup his name) himself's shocking stomach-baring stage jumps but you certainly won't walk away from this one confusing Valient Thorr for anyone else nor disappointed. In fact, pick up a sweet shirt from merch and then tell all your friends about this band that might just be from another planet (no really, they just might be, ignore all reference to Americana above...)

Who is the rest of the crew claiming to be from inside the planet of Venus, Burlatia to be exact? Here's your cheat sheet:

* Valient Himself - Vocals
* Eidan Thorr - Guitars
* Dr. Professor Nitewolf Strangees - Bass
* Odinn Thorr - Guitars
* Lucian Thorr - Percussion

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Catch Valient Thorr opening for Fu Manchu at the Troubadour tonight.