Shaman's Harvest Smokin' Hearts And Broken Guns on Limited Edition LP
It has been a long road for Shaman's Harvest filled with moments of triumph alongside challenges that few bands have the strength to overcome. Through it all, the band looks optimistically towards a future with a record that exhibits their strongest, most meaningful recordings to date. Long-time brothers in arms, they are stronger than ever with enduring souls that never cease to persevere. Singer Nathan Hunt overcame a bout with cancer while the band created Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns, so perhaps fate is now unequivocally on their side.
The story begins years ago in the Midwestern town of Jefferson City, Missouri. Bassist Matt Fisher and singer Nathan Hunt began a collaboration with guitarist Josh Hamler that has remained the foundation and core of Shaman's Harvest. Musically, the years together have created an intuitive symbiosis amongst them, which truly only comes with comfort and familiarity. They are all grew up together, sharing dreams, and becoming men in the heartland of the U.S.A.
After moments of significant heights, there were moments where it seemed as though the band was going to break wide open. Their early years saw the release of three albums which capture the band defining their sound: Last Call for Goose Creek (1999), Synergy (2002) and March of the Bastards (2006). It was the arrival of Shine in 2009 though that presented optimism that their time had arrived. The single "Dragonfly" hit #16 on Billboard's Active Rock chart and #9 at Heritage Rock, selling a significant number of singles, and tens of thousands of albums.
It was featured on the soundtrack of the major motion picture Legendary, and with momentum in early 2010 Shaman's Harvest recorded "Broken Dreams" for the WWE as the theme song for wrestler Drew McIntyre. They continued that relationship delivering "End of Days" as the entrance track for Wade Barrett and The Corre, alongside "Anger" which ended up in the feature film No One Lives. There was no doubt the band was on the verge. It wasn't long before the band was on the road, being flown to New York City to play for major record labels, appearing in front of huge crowds on tour, and enjoying a hit at radio.
As they approached the next album and began recording, singer Hunt was diagnosed with throat cancer. As opposed to scrapping their plans to march forward, the band stayed the course recording Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns. The album is pure in the way it breathes feel and emotions that are diverse track to track. They are cinematic, and offer audio beds for flashback memories or present experiences that are our lives. As the repertoire came together for Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns it became clear that the band was delivering an album without a typecast template for the rock market.
The simple AC/DC reminiscent groove of "Dangerous" rests comfortably side by side with the stomp clap bombastic Southern feel of "Blood In The Water." With "Here It Comes" the band offers what Hunt describes as a, "Sleazy jam with sexy harmonies, and full steam ahead riffs about a fella in love with a Hooker, the poor bastard." The track "Country As Fuck" is a blistering blues song that the singer offers features, "Silly Midwest lyrics that basically say if you ain't country as fuck, then fuck you." At the end of the day though it is "In The End" that the band looks upon across the board as their favorite composition on the record. It was the first track Hunt sang while enduring the cancer treatments, and it reaffirmed his belief that he could execute the vision.
Shaman's Harvest Smokin' Hearts And Broken Guns Track Listing:
2. Here It Comes
3. Ten Million Voices
4. Blood In The Water
5. The End Of Me
6. Country As Fuck
8. Dirty Diana
9. In The End
10. In Chains
11. Silent Voice
12. Dragonfly (Extended Unplugged Version)