Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Quick hitters:: Shelter With Thieves

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Shelter With Thieves are not really the type of band I gravitate towards. Sure, I used to be pretty big into the punk rawk, but even back in the day I still stayed more on the Ramones-influenced site of the equation as opposed to the screamo, heavier side of things (although I did love me some Sick of It All).

But even an old curmudgeon like me understands that the new record from this Haligonian outfit really hits hard. A Dark Chapter in The Human Experiment cranks up the guitars and blows you over with heavy metal, hardcore, emotional power-power-power ballads (the first two minutes of The Pittiful Applause are terrific) and touches on some classic alternative sounds (back when that was something to be proud of, not an overused, slap-in-the-face descriptor) all of which are filled with conspiracy driven, new world order subject matter.

They find surprising melodies - the driving energy Valley of the Gun is impossible to ignore, as is the almost Queen like breakdown on Knife Fight Under the Big Top - without ever taking their foot of the pedal or turning down the amps. I feel like I'm in some too-loud trailer for the next Die Hard when I say things like, "I'm getting too old for this shit" but even if I don't really get down like I used to, I can't take anything away from these guys. If you are looking for a crushing record full of songs that have something to say, Shelter With Thieves new one is probably a safe bet for you.

Posted at 2:51 PM by ack :: 2 comments

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At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Ronatron did sayeth:

I have to agree with you on this one. I personally don't like the screamo punk rawk either, but I can't deny that this band is talented. They have that edge that other bands don't and I really do enjoy their melodies.


At 1:23 PM, Blogger Shelter with Thieves did sayeth:

Thanks for the kind words!
Queen like breakdown...nice.. never thought of it that way.


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