Writer’s Note: Before I continue, I gotta say that it’s been too long! Life has been insane and I’ve gone a little more insane too! There is far too much for me to catch up on. Movies, video games, music albums, whatever! But, I’m back in action in one form or another. Even though I’m not completely back together, I’ll continue to shamble on with this reanimated corpse of a blog as well. Will I be back to a weekly basis? Not sure, I’m trying to kick my gaming projects into full gear. You might get me weekly, maybe every 2 weeks. But enough about me, let’s talk about THE SHRINE with their 2016 album, “RARE BREED!”
The Shrine wasn’t a band I would have stumbled upon by myself. That credit goes to some of my good buddies who love hopping bars and venues to support local and smaller name bands. But none the less, I was intrigued upon hearing their raw and awesome sound at the St. Vitus bar in Brooklyn back in October 2015. It was a joined show between them and Dirty Fences with “Big Truck” opening for them. It was a sick sound to make for a truly sick show. While the band did not have the newest CD available to the public yet, I was hooked on their righteous riffs and violent vibrancy.
Now, how would I describe The Shrine? They’re a thick and fuzzy soundscape of rocky bluesy tradition, colliding with classic yet fresh hard rock alongside a screaming torrent of skater punk rock rage. Now, what does that mean? An eclectic mix of rock music sounds blended into a distinct, modern sound. Containing an energy that brings to mind classic era punk and alternative groups, while bringing a heaviness and raw power associated with a Sabbath era sound; The Shrine proves to be a band that keeps a crowd rolling. Their most recent release, “Rare Breed”, unleashes a raw and lively sound to capture the spirit of Rock and Roll.