Shaman’s Harvest – ‘Red Hands Black Deeds’ (Mascot Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 24 July 2017 04:30

Shamans HarvestMissouri rock outfit Shaman's Harvest are back with the follow up to 2014's ‘Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns’. So, in 2017 we are faced with ‘Red Hands Black Deeds’ and, straight from the end moments of the title track's spoken prelude, we are brought kicking and screaming with ‘Broken Ones’, which struts along with an almost Nickelback vibe - although for me this is only slight. Think of a pinch, but with a heavy dose of Black Stone Cherry.

 

The band sound great and take no prisoners with their take on a country-style hard rock. The ace in an already stacked pack is without doubt singer Nathan Hunt. His soulful vocals blend well with the rest of the band (Josh Hamler on rhythm guitar, bassist Matt Fisher, Derrick Shipp on lead guitar and drummer Adam Zemanek).

 

Song wise, the band are at their best on the slower tracks such as ‘A Longer View’, which highlights the band's talent and shows a wealth of shade, which can be lacking in today's rock releases. Where a lot of the southern rock bands fall into repeating their sound, Shaman's Harvest make good progress on updating theirs, and thankfully sound amazing for it. There is somewhat of a sub plot within the lyrics, which are tension-filled in contrast to the feel good grooves that the band play alongside the dark lyrics.

 

 

Definitely a band for me to keep an eye on. Although ‘Red Hands...’ is their seventh album, they still sound like a band having fun doing exactly what they want to do - and for me you cannot get anything better than a band having fun!

 

‘Red Hands Black Deeds’ is released on Friday (28 July). You can get your copy HERE.

 

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