Album Review By Chris Palmer
Nine Shrines is a contemporary metal band that hails from Ohio, USA. Based between Cleveland and Columbus, the band was formed in early 2014 by Andrew Wetzel [Drums] (ex-Attack Attack!) and Andrew Baylis [Guitar] (Life On Repeat). The band is completed by Devon Voisine [Bass] (ex-Life On Repeat), Evan McKeever [Guitar] (Downplay/Before Their Eyes), and Chris Parketny [Vocals] (ex-Stranger To Wolves).
This quintet play a style of contemporary metal, navigating through Metalcore, Alt Rock and stadium sized choruses. The band had to dig deep through personal experiences including how much hard work it takes and how much perseverance is required to write a record which contains raw emotion and defiance. The end result sits with Nine Shrines’ debut EP “Misery”.
Released digitally on 7th April and physically on 21st April via Mascot Records, “Misery” is a rather compelling listen. Its five tracks amount to a total running time lasting just over 18 minutes and the EP hits you square in the face with the excellent “Bend” immediately. The melody of this opening number is catchy as hell and the mixture of clean and harsh vocals work really well as Nine Shrines plough through its length.
“King Of Mercy” follows with its melodic guitar-play and soaring chorus sections before heavy riffs slam you against the wall as “Parasite” arrives. The tempo and pace of this number changes throughout, but the heavier moments contain riffs that’ll have you headbanging until your neck snaps. Things slow right down as “Lost” arrives with a slow play on the strings. Progressing along with a good melody, the tempo increases as the drums enter around the halfway point. You’ll slowly begin to nod your head to the heavier rhythm before things slow back down again towards the end.
Final number, “Misery”, launches straight for the throat right off the bat with an avalanche of heavy riffs, pounding bass lines, and pummelling drums. With an excellent vocal attack which touches on the subject matter of jealousy and how it manifests in an abusive relationship, “Misery” is a terrific track which closes the EP, leaving you wanting more of the same.
“Misery”, the EP, contains five slabs of first class musicianship which are heavy yet possess variety throughout. To be honest, whilst I found the EP a rather compelling listen, it did take me a few listens for it to grab my attention. Unfortunately, by the time I’d gotten into the music, it was over, due to its short length. That being said, “Misery” is certainly only a brief taster of what Nine Shrines are capable of and, I for one, look forward to a full-length album release from these Americans.
King Of Misery
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