Posts Tagged ‘The Sleeping Shaman’
Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: “I’ve got no eternity and I’ve got no past, I’ve got no destiny man, my future’s fading fast, I’m a Primitive Blast!” …rang the immortal call-to-arms from The Shrine’s self-diagnosing Primitive Blast record back in 2012 and never could a truer description befall such a suckerpunch of a debut.
The Shrine burst onto the global heavy rock scene with a guitar in one hand and a skateboard in the other. Seemingly a fully formed outfit with outrageously killer tunes, a riotous stage show and a fun-thirsty licence to thrill, this was the doped-up boogie van so many had been waiting for.
Delightfully resurrecting a vintage sound which combined an almost literal shrine to Black Flag with the fuzzy, chunky grooves of Fu Manchu, the soulful, impassioned heartbeat of Thin Lizzy and the spit-in-a-barrel volume abuse of Motörhead, the power trio wasted no time in wreaking havoc across the world, sharing stages with the likes of Graveyard, Red Fang, Earthless and Dinosaur Jr in the process.
2014 drags around just one question for The Shrine; could they capture the raucous half-piping energy, the relentlessly barnstorming riffage and the overtly addictive good times of Primitive Blast once again on album number two, the snottily-titled Bless Off? My answer is such a compounding “Yes” that I’m tempted just to sack off writing this entire review and go listen to this slab of punked-up adrenaline abuse again for the 600th time.
Put simply, if you dug Primitive Blast, get ready to royally lose your sanity to Bless Off. The riffs are bigger, the songs are grander, the solos even more righteous and The Shrine’s fist-pumping fuck-you attitude is unparalleled. Once again these Californian natives unashamedly wear their Black Flag patches with pride in everything they do. The likes of the gung-ho bombast of ‘Worship’, the sneering title-track and the punk-spunking ‘Spit In My Life’ simply couldn’t exist without messers Ginn, Rollins, Morris and Dukowski’s hardcore classics ‘My War’ and ‘Damaged’ as templates.
However, in the case of the show-stealing ‘The Duke’, this couldn’t be more so the case with the lyrics penned by Shrine-championing legend Dukowski himself in 1983 for a ‘Flag song that sadly slipped by the wayside. The Shrine happily lap up this tale of death and demise and add their own Converse sneaker full of groove for a strident, ballsy, rip-roaring assault on the ears which ironically remains one of the more smouldering, yet impressive, tracks ‘Bless Off’ has to offer.
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Posted on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The first time I ever saw The Cosmic Dead live, they were playing a double set at Mono, a vegan cafe / awesome record store nestled in a remote corner of Glasgow’s Merchant City. As I was walking to the venue, I heard a […]
Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Holy hell this is one refreshing album. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a full album in the way I’m enjoying this. I’m still trying to pinpoint some genres to pigeon hole this into but there’s so many that it’s fucking difficult […]
Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: This may be an unusual way to begin, but don’t put the album on just yet. Look at that cover. Look at that artwork. Look harder. Look again and then again. Breathe it all in. Soak in that humidity. Taste that otherworldly atmosphere. Feel […]
Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s been a long time coming for Kingston-based black metal / doom band Bast, but this year finally marks the arrival of their long overdue debut album Spectres. Originally formed as a two-piece back in 2008, Bast have been a sporadic but always welcome […]
Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: ‘Kuolemanlaakso’ is Finnish for ‘Death Valley’. That’s pretty metal to start us off. Kuolemanlaakso are also only onto their second record, which is more surprising considering the assuredness with which they ply their craft. ‘Tulijoutsen’, which translates to ‘The Fire Swan’, is a thunderous […]
Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: People always remark at the frequency of the word ‘legend’ in modern conversation. A legend is a mate that held down more pints than you at the Brew Dog. A legend is a mate that throws himself around like a rag doll at a […]
Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s cold; almost zero degrees with an icy Western breeze. It’s dark; nearly black, but the pale dawn sun is just beginning to penetrate the horizon and its grey-orange outburst gradually illuminates the low-hanging mist adorning the farmland around me. It’s a Monday and, […]
Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Yuri Gagarin, according to all non-Biblical, non-religious sources, was the first human to enter space. He died in 1968. Now if you take 1968 as a year in music, you have iconic releases by Silver Apples & The Velvet Underground, two releases apiece by […]
Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Raw Power was released in 1973. Joe Cardamone, singer, songwriter and leader of The Icarus Line, wasn’t even born. His new album, Slave Vows, released 40 years after the Stooges’ masterpiece, brings the idea of Raw Power full circle. It’s fair to say he […]