Shaman’s Harvest – Shine
If you’re looking for a throwback to classic rock with a southern and modern twist look no further than Shaman’s Harvest. In May of 2009, Shaman’s Harvest released their album Shine which showcases their unique brand of rock, and shows how hard work and dedication to detail pays off.
Shaman’s Harvest is a five piece based out of Missouri’s capital, Jefferson City. Fronted by Nathan “Drake” Hunt on vocals, Adam Hunt on lead guitar, rhythm guitarist Josh Hamler, bassist Matt Fisher and Craig Wingate on drums. Their hard work has opened doors such as opening for Saliva, Theory of a Deadman and Alice in Chains, just to name a few.
Vocally the album is solid, with Nathan’s silky but strong vocals keeping you engaged song after song. Whether the song is fast paced like Turn It Up, or slow but methodical like Dragonfly, Nathan never ceases to amaze.
The band has a guitar driven sound that is unique and the variety in their songs from the strong riffs of the title track Shine, to the acoustic ballad Last Goodbye, is extremely refreshing and keeps you on your toes. Too often bands find the formula for song writing and as a result have an album where songs begin to blend into each other, but this is not the case for Shaman’s Harvest.
Dragonfly is my favorite track of the album. It has a simple, but powerfully luring effect in the song. You could compare it to the start-up of a train; it followed a specific rhythm that sped up over time. Dragonfly is the first track on the album it brings the listener in, and prepares them for the well crafted rock. I also really enjoyed Nathan’s vocals in the song because it exhibits his melodic capabilities.
The title track Shine was another song I gravitated towards because of the intense guitar shredding between verses and the powerful vocals. The guitar intensity is similar to what you find in their song Turn It Up. A few of the songs seemed to have a strong and playful tempo, which couldn’t help but make your feet start to tap to the beat.
Overall, the album is great and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to return to guitar driven rock and a focus on musicianship. The music is catchy and you get hooked after ojust ne listen. This CD has also found its way into my stereo and it will definitely be a while before I replace it with another one. The guys in Shaman’s Harvest know how to write an addictive album that has slowly expanded a dedicated fan base, and they certainly have what it takes to make it!