Power of Metal.dk Review

Shaman's Harvest
Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns
Style: Hard/Heavy Rock
Release date: 1 September, 2014
Playing time: 49:10

Nathan “Drake” Hunt on vocals, lead guitarist Ryan Tomlinson, Josh Hamler on rhythm guitar and bassist Matt Fisher are Shaman’s Harvest. 'Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns' is their fifth studio album and this is a brand new acquaintance to me. The band hails from Jefferson City in Missouri.

Classic hard rock with exciting ingredient from modern rock and spiced with some US southern, heavy rock. Their sound is stunning and sounds quite different from other hard rock bands I've heard in this genre. They have the guts to mix up the classic hard rock with fat, muddy country music influences.

The talented singer Nathan Hunt is a solid vocal powerhouse and this delicate album really shock my foundations. Shaman's Harvest blends the up-tempo songs with several slower power tunes like: 'Hero', 'Blood in the Water', 'The End of Me', 'In the End' and the magnificent track 'Silent Voice'. The opening track is a monster song. 'Dangerous' is the given hit on the album with massive and heavy guitars and tremendous vocal performance. In 'Here It Comes' it swings and shakes in many different directions. Phenomenal vocals from Nathan make the skin knobby and their Midwestern rock n roll grabs my old spine in a hard grip. 'Ten Million Voices' is a mature rock song with profound lyrics and dazzling guitars. In the epic and heavy 'Blood in the Water' is the tempo slow and this dusty, boot-stomping Midwest rock song is a piece of pure American art.

The acoustic ballad 'The End of Me' is a sweet candy bar, but the sugar free track track 'Country As Fuck' is the opposite. Full throttle tempo and big bucket of stiff classic rock n roll is screaming out of my speakers. Shaman's Harvest blends the different paces and in 'Hero' they return to their serious side with a down tempo. I was quite surprised when the tones of 'Dirty Diana' started. Yes, it's a cover of Michael Jackson's monster hit. And they do this one really well actually, most credit goes to Nathan's ultra strong vocals. Another fine track is the sentimental song 'In the End', but the next track is a killer ballad. 'In Chains' is one of the strongest songs on the entire disc. I have to raise the volume every time I play this track and that usually mean; a top score.

The quality level is sky high in the three closing songs and 'Silent Voice' is a heart crusher ballad. They close the album with an extended, acoustic version of their song 'Dragonfly'. My overall impression of 'Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns': A classy, adult, emotional hard rock album. Recommended if you like strong vocals, splendid guitar work, produced in an classy style with classy American rock n roll spices.

Not a masterpiece, but a very, very nice album...
Line up:
Nathan Hunt
Josh Hamler
Matt Fisher
Ryan Tomlinson

01. Dangerous
Here It Comes
Ten Million Voices
Blood in the Water
The End of Me
Country As Fuck
Dirty Diana
09. In the End
10. In Chains
11. Silent Voice
12. Dragonfly (Extended Unplugged Version)
Label: Mascot Label Group
Distribution: Warner Music Group (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 81/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 11 September, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/shamansharvest