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BT Valerie – Guitars /Lead vox
Erlend Omdal – Drums/Vox
Augustus W.Clark – Bass/Vox
Magnus Christiansen -Guitars/Vox
Valerie is a young and ambitious hard rock/glam metal band from Arendal; a small town in southern Norway. Known for their big, sing-along choruses and guitar riffs, along with blistering guitar solos and harmonies – Their music is often referred to as a cross between great 80s acts like Dokken, Ratt, Europe and a more modern rock sound. It’s melodic, catchy, in your face hard rock. Valerie is 1987 in 2012.
During their short career (2 years and counting), Valerie has grown a strong reputation in their home county, but also made their mark on the national glam/sleaze scene. In June 2011 they released their first 2-track demo (Taste the bullet, Love is like a heart attack) and both songs reached the number one spot on www.urørt.no (A national site for underground music owned and promoted by the national state television channel NRK).
Brian Rademacher from RockEyez.com said the following in his review of the demo :
“For a young band like VALERIE to show talent like a seasoned veteran group; from the soaring guitar work by BT Valerie (not to mention his vocals) to the uplifting midsection of bassist Augustus Clark and drummer Erlend Omdal and rhythm guitar Magnus Christiansen. These guys have the sound of staying power and these two tracks just blew me away. Both songs are killer and I can’t wait for more to come from them “
The band performed at the legendary club “Elm Street” in Oslo with W.A.S (Chris Holmes etc) before they closed down, and recently supported Chris Slade Steel Circle (Chris Slade, Keri Kelli, Chris Glen etc) at their only 2012 gig in Norway.
In June 2012, Valerie released their s/t debut album on Hellish Records. The album truly shows Valerie’s distinct, but diverse sound. From aor driven pop-melodies like When two hearts collide and Love is like a heart attack to fist-pumping hard rock anthems such as Tear down the walls and It’s not love – It’s not war, the record is full-out 35.minutes of catchy melodic hard rock.