Shaman’s Harvest offer real weight and power on the impressive Rebelator

Not-in-a hurry Missouri rockers Shaman's Harvest return with their first album in five years

Shaman's Harvest - Rebelator cover art
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Half a decade has passed since the last Shaman’s Harvest album, but this follow-up to 2017’s Red Hands Black Deeds has definitely been worth the wait. Rich in atmosphere, emotion and detail, the level of songcraft is truly impressive, with huge riffs allied to singer Nathan Hunt’s resonating and soulful baritone drawl to create tracks of real weight and power. 

Tracks like Under Your Skin, Toe The Line and Flatline are down-tuned earworms that instantly lodge themselves in the memory, while Voices goes for the classic spooky-low-key-verse-and-huge-chorus formula.

Easily the best track, however, is Lilith, which rides on a wonderfully dirty southern rock slide riff, followed closely by the sun-scorched heist-movie-in-four-minutes Hurricane. And then we have the dusty cinematic drone of Bird Dog, a weirdly gothic epic dripping with menace. 

Hopefully it won’t be another five years before the next record.

Essi Berelian

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.