Dark Matter


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DJL68 Finally, after some years of being rather elusive, Valis' 2009 magnum-opus became available again yesterday at our beloved Bandcamp (obviously). Screaming Trees alumnus Van Conner teamed up with his brother Pat and unleashed brilliant music on this, their third release. Take the Trees, Sabbath, Magnet, and Soundgarden, throw 'em in a blender with some secret ingredients, and you get "Dark Matter". This belongs in any stoner/psych/classic rock collection. Yes, it is THAT good.
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Steve Rodger For those of us who loved Screaming Trees this is a classic from the Van Conner brothers. Heavy grunge metal and awesome vocals ...
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Listening to the opening track of 'Dark Matter' from Valis and you are hit instantly by the 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' stripped down, slowed down vibe, and then Ozzy kicks in with the vocals (sorry it wasn't Ozzy, it was Van Conner) but the feel is so Sabbath. That was 'Resurrection Sickness' - good opening. 'Blood On Blood' slows it down, more Masters Of Reality, before 'Under Satan's Will' - again slow and mellow and then back to 'Hole In The Sky/Symptom Of The Universe' and Ozzy's back (not really!!). Again, this could be Sabbath but no, it's 'Grapevine Earthquake'. There are times when this album threatens to break out and has quite a commercial/crossover appeal, as in 'Down Like Rain' - a cracking stoner ballad, but holds enough integrity not to go there. 'Hands Of Grace' has a cool Chili Peppers type groove to it. But what does this ultimately leave us with? A five star album. The Giant Brain will fried your nerve endings!


released August 20, 2016

Produced by Jack Endino

Vocals/Guitar - Van Conner
Vocals/Guitar - Patrick Conner
Bass - Adrian Makins
Drums - Matt Vandenberghe

Recorded in 2009 at Soundhouse, Seattle WA


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VALIS Seattle, Washington

Mythical creatures are not the only things lurking in the mossy forests of the Pacific Northwest. For many years Van Conner, his brother Patrick and their friend Matt Vandenberghe have been quietly crafting a musical work entitled “Minds Through Space and Time”. ... more

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