To be honest, I don’t pay much attention to Spotify’s usually-way-off-the-mark recommendations. Clearly anything which suggests that because I listened to Kiss, I might also enjoy The Offspring, is not to be trusted.
[NOTE: This is an archived post from Almost Famous, a music blog for unsigned musicians which I ran from 2012-2013]
Maybe it was the name, maybe it was the artwork from latest album, Shine, or maybe it was an inkling that a band with even the most tenuous of links to our beloved Bobaflex had to be worth checking out.
Whatever it was, I was intrigued enough to give Shine a spin and, in doing so, discovered my favourite new band.
Things get underway with Dragonfly,an intense, exciting number with thick, determined guitars and a deep bass which prods and stabs into a brooding darkness before exploding into the energetic Turn it Up, a track tailor-made for making arena crowds bounce.
From there, things only get better.
In slowing the pace and weaving a delicate acoustics over a swooping electric guitar and earnest vocals, Last Goodbye earns its place as a highlight of the whole album.
Speaking of highlights. As the album marches on towards its end, Devil’s Gift, with its lavish guitars and a beautiful hybrid of blues and country and rock ballad makes it an undoubted contender for our favourite song of the year.
Elsewhere, title track Shine delivers energy and aggression by the truckload, an impassioned call to arms for moshpit devotees, whilst Say The Same returns to the acoustics to bring things to a close in stunning fashion.
It’s their perfect mix of hard rocking arena-fillers and haunting ballads which make Shaman’s Harvest unlike any band we’ve heard for some time, and one we’ll likely be in love with for a very long time to come.