In a music industry filled with bands that rely on technical wizardry in the studio, it’s refreshing to hear a band that sticks with the basics and is able to deliver a powerful album full of rock and roll soul. Missouri rockers Shaman’s Harvest are
about to do just that with their sixth full length record “Red Hands Black Deeds.”

The new album is raw and fervent and a shining example of everything that is great about rock and roll. The title track is a prelude opening up the album with a haunting melody that immediately draws the listener into the experience before being
shaken to the core with the driving rhythms of “Broken Ones.” The lead single “The Come Up” has a nice crunchy riff backed by pulsing beats from drummer Adam Zemanek and bassist Matt Fisher. The blues are alive and well as frontman Nate Hunt
provides outstanding vocals on “Soul Crusher” with its gospel like chorus and on the slow burn of “Long Way Home.” The band kicks up their heels with the country twang and boogie stomp of “Off The Tracks.” Don’t miss the stellar guitar work of Josh Hamler, my favorite being the passionate, bluesy soloing on “Blood Trophies.” “Tusk and Bone” is a heartfelt acoustic, stripped down number before the album closes with the dark and ominous tones of “Scavengers.”

Shaman’s Harvest knocks it out of the park with a record that is both compelling and profound. You won’t just listen to “Red Hands Black Deeds,” you’ll feel it down to the depths of your soul.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.