Valley of the Kings
Queen of All Time (Red Giant)
This Fargo, North Dakota trio’s eponymous 2009 album opens with the doomy tones of “Valley of the Kings” where guitar player Ryan Grahn contrasts post-psychedelic Tony Iommi-inspired leads with bouncy wah-wah affected riffs. In trying to approximate the throaty howls of a young Ozzy Osbourne, Aaron Esterby creates his own style, sounding like a more vocally proficient version of Jason Simon from Dead Meadow. The nearly ten-minute long “Queen of All Time (Red Giant)” boasts some dirty, fuzzy, bass riffs that open alongside drummer Chad Heille’s cymbal work, unfolding into a solid meat-and-potatoes rhythm that tromps along before the chorus breaks open halfway through, making for a harder attack on everyone’s part. With rootsy blues-based leads, “Dirty Witch” is a welcome segue into some heavy boogie-rock.