Shamans Harvest Album Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic
Shaman’s Harvest Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic. Their latest album as they cut across the genres, pulling the tones together with a dark and purposeful intent. You know that this will be an album that will both challenge and intrigue when after the track listing on the album cover there is the phrase – For the record, no goats were killed in the making of Red Hands Black Deeds. This conjures up the feel of a mystic pagan past, devil and music that will invoke the dark side of rock. The album has a depth of sound that evokes the past, reflecting the use of vintage amps, strong lyrics that rock around the beat pulling in Mowtown and the headlines of the day.
Summertime may be when the album is released; but to understand the anxiety that is apparent throughout the dozen tracks we have to go back to the inception of Red Hands Black Deeds. The journey of Shaman’s Harvest’s Album Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic began back in November 2016. A time of tension and anxiety in a divided nation deciding who would be the next President of USA. As they explore new concepts the maturity of sound and confidence in production reflects the ups and downs bands go through on and off the road since their debut album, Last Call for Goose Creekin, back in 1999. Shaman’s Harvest have persevered through singer Nathan Hunt’s battle with cancer. The quartet’s determination and focus has led them to an album that will stand out for its difference, with the use of melodic cadences that are beguiling building on the tonal texture of Nathan’s distinctive vocals. The lead guitar of Derrick Shipp lays down a mysterious melody with the rhythmic addition of Josh Hammler’s guitar. Matt Fisher’s bass lays down grooves that are deep with an iron edge, and the beating drum of Adam Zemanek evoking memories from the past and draws the listener into the here and now of this album. It is hardly surprising that they are in demand to play live ad reflected in the caliber of bands they have opened for AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Nickelback and Cheap Trick the list goes on but you get the picture.
The dozen track album adds to the discography with tracks that have layers of sound complexity delivered with ease. This is music which whilst challenging rests easy on the ear. It is music you want to listen to.
The title track and prelude takes us to the dark recess of our musical brain as a sonic picture is created. This is a hazy misty past full of dread as tribal memories are pulled to the surface of our memories. This has raw, primeval beats; a case of American Indian meets medieval courts. The vocals acting as the drone we are being taken to a different time and place where red hands carried out black deeds. Then the sonic tone changes with a deep dark bass and cascade of guitar as The Broken Ones picks up on the theme hinted at on the opening number. Who are the Broken Ones? Anyone who has been disenfranchised, immigrants and native American ancestors of Hunt. The music has a purity of purpose a counterpoint to the cynical lyrics showing the past and now are mirror images of themselves with society broken.
The harvest of lyrics on the album has garnered together the feeling of the relentless and unchanging actions of people that create a dark chasm resulting in a fertile resource for songwriting and always that element that keeps us going, demanding change the hope it will change for the better.
Three tracks in and the vista opens with the first single of the album. The music has a crisp freshness and a chorus that has a catchy feel as we get The Come Up. This is a track that swaggers with hope and energy as the sun bursts with Mowtown-fuelled energy from behind the darker clouds of previous tracks. An acknowledgement that sometimes you cannot change things.
Civil unrest and war connects the semi-acoustic, vocal lead number A Longer View and The Devil in Our Wake. Linking back to loss, marginalization and no clear path of solution. Loss of homeland and identity leading to hatred and hurt. Into the mix is blues influenced, Soul Crusher as Texan guitar picks up the Mowtown foot tapping – let’s dance feel we all need some of this fun beat as a slave to our souls. Keeping with the shading from the blues Off the Tracks.
The album keeps on giving, the lyrics and shaping of tones often gives a complete feel; this is music that the band cares about and have given deep thought to the track listing and the melding of tones from across the genres. Not leading to a mish-mash of tones and no sense of direction Red Hands Black Deeds is considered, thoughtful hand takes on a journey where we confront the hardship and reality of many people’s lives. The penultimate track cools the tempo down with acoustic stripped down country number Tusk and Bone. We need this space as we have explored the darkness of society. Leaving the last track and one more surprising twist in the road as Scavengers hit our speakers. Yes, electric but has a stripped back natural feel as the vocals come from afar and the rough texture of the sound brings us back to primeval mysteries. There is still one more gift a moment of silence and then a hidden nugget of fun.
Shaman’s Harvest Album Red Hands Black Deeds Full of Missouri Magic full of intrigues, delivers huge hooks, deep bass and powerful lyrics that have something to say wrapped up with powerful rock Shaman’s Harvest Red Hands Black Deeds delivers on every level.
Shaman’s Harvest – Red Hands Black Deeds – Mascot Records
EIGHTdoodle paws out of TEN ….
- Red Hands Black Deeds
- Broken Ones
- The Come Up
- A Longer View
- Soul Crusher
- Off The Tracks
- Long Way Home
- The Devil In Our Wake
- Blood Trophies
- So Long
- Tusk and Bone