Shaman's Harvest - Red Hands Black Deeds (CD)
Released on July 28, 2017 on Mascot Records on CD, Red vinyl, download and streaming
Goat toes (wait... what?), vintage amps, sandpaper, CNN, and Motown might not sound like they have anything to do with each other. But this seemingly odd mix actually comprises the sounds and words of Missouri hard rockers Shaman's Harvest latest album, Red Hands Black Deeds for Mascot Records.
"Goat toes are the new cowbells," laughs rhythm guitarist Josh Hamler about the rural percussion instrument made literally of goat toes on a string. "It was in our producer Keith Armstrong's toolbox. We'd tell Keith we wanted a certain sound, and he'd pull stuff out that we never thought of, like the goat toes, sandpaper or an old rotary telephone."
Lyrically, the band ventured into new territory, taking on the current political, social, and economic struggles the USA is facing as a nation. The result is a darker, visceral, layered and decidedly warmer, more analog sound compared to their 2014 Mascot album Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns.
1 Red Hands Black Deeds (Prelude)
2 Broken Ones
3 The Come Up
4 A Longer View
5 Soul Crusher
6 Off The Tracks
7 Long Way Home
8 Bring Me Back
9 The Devil In Our Wake
10 Blood Trophies
11 So Long
12 Tusk And Bone