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Shaman’s Harvest – ‘Rebelator’

Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group
Royal Bliss, Rev Theory, The Veer Union, Art of Dying
Release Date
Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group
Alternative Metal/Alternative/Southern Rock

‘Rebelator’ is the first album in five years for this Missouri hard rock band. With their hard rock sounds, Shaman’s Harvest are comparable to Rev Theory and Royal Bliss and have attracted some serious attention due to the fact that they have toured with both Nickelback and AC/DC.

From the off, ‘Rebelator’ has substantial passion for emotion and detail through their brand of expressive country rock, its unique nasal drawl is low-down, dirty, Southern and provides earworms galore with its slow burning songs which really get “under your skin”. This is an album where the 11 songs continue to give; for example, ‘Voices’ is a spooky low-key affair coupled with a cracking chorus, ‘Lilith’ keeps the album punchy whilst ‘Bird Dog’ with its marching beat is weirdly heaped with menace but provides a restful finish to the whole album. ‘Rebelator’ is an album wrought with personal hardships and stories and through the album, hope is delivered and restored in way that only someone who has been through these things can understand.

The drumming is superb here, it is fiery and fervid as the sticks crackle and spark, whilst the guitars and slide guitars provide the grit on the canvas for the vocals which are addictively good. However, these sparks are no big bonfire or even a baptism by fire, ‘Rebelator’ always feels a little restrained and it would be nice to see what the band can do with they were unchained, but it does push the boundaries of what this band are capable of.

"a little restrained but a commendable performance"

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