Album review – SHAMAN’S HARVEST ‘Red Hands Black Deeds’

redhandsblackdeedsShaman’s Harvest released their new album ‘Red Hands Black Deeds’ in late July, and it is an outstanding release from this Missouri-based band. Working with producer Keith Armstrong for the first time, the band wanted a “darker, visceral, and more layered sound”, and right from the first track, ‘Red Hands Black Deeds’, that is exactly what they deliver.

The title track is atmospheric and mesmerizing, moving with an ancient rhythm, and it’s a great setup for the rest of the album.

This is a strong, carefully crafted release with a soulful depth, and my love for it has only increased with every listen. Several of the tracks hooked me right off the bat, but there’s also a richness and complexity to the tunes that rewards repeated listening.

Cases in point: the dark and grungy ‘Broken Ones’, a tune that has a sense of righteous anger simmering just beneath surface; and ‘The Come Up’, a track that rips open a can of serious rock and roll whup-ass, bristling with slamming drums, crunchy riffs, and unleashing some gloriously powerful vocals. (I just love this passionate and fiery track.)

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The funk-infused ‘Soul Crusher’ – flavoured with some r&b and blues vibes for good measure – is another keeper, and showcases more of the band’s excellent guitars and vocals.

‘Off the Tracks’ has a saucy, seductive swagger, while ‘The Devil In Our Wake’ might just be my favourite tune on the whole album: holy crap do I adore this dark and compelling track with its roaring riffs, throbbing bass and heavy-as-hell drums. It’s gritty and raw and just plain awesome.

Other standouts in the strong tracklist include ‘Blood Trophies’ – a haunting, heavy tune, that reminds me a bit of Rival Sons; and ‘So Long’ – a slamming, riffy, crunchy rocker of the very best kind.

‘Red Hands Black Deeds’ closes out with two great tunes: the beautiful and heart-piercing ballad ‘Tusk And Bone’, and the haunting ‘Scavengers’.

This is a soul-satisfying and powerful album from Shaman’s Harvest. I highly recommend it to anyone with a taste for real rock and roll.

Shaman’s Harvest: Website / Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Spotify / iTunes / Amazon

Lineup:

  • Nathan Hunt – Lead Vocals/Acoustic
  • Josh Hamler – Guitar/Vocals
  • Matt Fisher – Bass/Vocals
  • Adam Zemanek – Drums/Vocals
  • Derrick Shipp – Lead Guitar/Vocals

Tracklist:

  1. Red Hands Black Deeds (Prelude)
  2. Broken Ones
  3. The Come Up
  4. A Longer View
  5. Soul Crusher
  6. Off the Tracks
  7. Long Way Home
  8. The Devil In Our Wake
  9. Blood Trophies
  10. So Long
  11. Tusk And Bone
  12. Scavengers

 

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