Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
KNAC Magazine KNAC ON-AIR TALENT KNAC Downloads KNAC Contests KNAC Store
Reviews

SHAMAN’S HARVEST Red Hands Black Deeds

By Brian Davis, The Velcro Merkin
Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 8:41 AM


- advertisement -
SHAMAN’S HARVEST
Red Hands Black Deeds

Mascot Records




When a band releases their sixth studio album a fan tends to have a general feel for the sounds and style(s) that are the band’s playground; but although SHAMAN’S HARVEST have been increasingly successful and effective delivering exceptional driving hard rock and powerful melody, with Red Hands Black Deeds we find them taking an unexpected turn into the moody, unhurried world of blues rock. And while the album might catch the familiar fan a bit off guard in its divergence from the band’s previous harder rocking offerings, there is a sustained flow and subtle power that makes Red Hands Black Deeds a legitimate blues rock offering and the band’s most mature material to date.

The first few trips through will have the listener adjusting to a flow that is structured more around the album as a whole than the individual strength of any given song. Although there are plenty of exceptionally strong tunes to be found (“Soul Crusher” will make visions of stripper poles dance in your head and “The Devil In Our Wake” may be the band’s most intelligently crafted tune since “Dragonfly”), the album’s greatest element is its rolling slow-to-mid-tempo sauntering blues feel that seethes from the subtle guitar tones and emotively soulful vocal melodies, growing with every track and ultimately permeating the majority of thealbum. By the fourth or fifth spin you’ve tapped into a mantric flow of slow bluesy swagger and mid-tempo hard rock perfectly tailored for road trips, lazing about the house or the stony atmosphere of epic smoke-n-chill sessions.

With the exception of the slightly sub-par songs “Broken Ones” and “The Come Up”, Red Hands, Black Deeds is the most solid, consistent and well-matched set of tunes SHAMAN’S HARVEST has ever conjured; by eschewing focus on individual guitar riffs & climactic passages and committing to layered instrumentation with a more subtle vocal approach they have demonstrated a level of musical maturity not present in previous releases. Considering the trajectory of excellence over the past few albums it’s hard to imagine this band not breaking through into arena-level globetrotting, and when they do it will be with a level of integrity and inherent musical strength sorely needed in the mainstream rock world. In the meantime it will be interesting to see what black deeds their red hands conjure next: “You know that idle hands are made for Devil’s work and I ain’t done nothing but keep them from around your throat.”

4.0 Out Of 5.0

Pick up a copy of Red Hands Black Deeds in the KNAC.COM More Store right HERE.


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
DEATH DEALER Conquered Lands
ARMORED SAINT Punching The Sky
VENOM PRISON Primeval
ARMORED SAINT Album Release Party Livestream
LAMB OF GOD Double Livestream Review
LEAVES' EYES The Last Viking
RAVEN Metal City
In Memory: A Fellow Guitarist Remembers The Impact Of EDDIE VAN HALEN
EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE Resurrect The Faithful
NECROPHOBIC Dawn of The Damned
DEVILDRIVER Dealing With Demons I
CARACH ANGREN Frankensteina Strataemontanus
FINNTROLL Vredesvävd
SIX FEET UNDER Nightmares Of The Decomposed
INCANTATION Sect Of Vile Divinities
AMARANTHE Manifest
ZAKK SABBATH Vertigo
CJSS Praise The Loud Reissue
ALICE IN CHAINS Tribute Dirt Redux
NAPALM DEATH Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism
PHIL LEWIS In Houston, TX With Photos!
SKELETAL REMAINS The Entombment Of Chaos
DEAD LORD Surrender





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2020 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News