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Ravenhall - Playing the Victim Single Review

12 Sep 2013 // A review by Peter-James Dries

For those lamenting Rock’s retreat from the mainstream, or the break-up of Miscreant, I suggest Playing the Victim, the newest single from former Miscreant vocalist Chris Brebner’s brainchild Shelter (not to be confused with Ray Cappo’s Hare Krishna Melodic hardcore/Pop punk band).

Stylistically different from Miscreant, which was more live crowd-pleasing rock oriented, Playing the Victim is for the crowd that preferred Disturbed to Device and eagerly await the Blacklistt album release. 

The song makes me nostalgic for those early days of the 2000's when nu-metal was still cool and Breaking Benjamin, not Dubstep, was the approved music to break the speed limit to.

Shelter take all the best bits of that bygone error, the riffaging, the classic rock vocals, the heavy palm mute and the subtly progressive drumming, and wrapped it the expertly mastered Playing the Victim.

While slated for a 2012 release, we are still eagerly awaiting the release of Shelter’s debut EP. If they keep churning out songs as big as Playing the Victim, and get their name out there, they could be just the thing we, the people with rock withdrawals, need.

If you haven’t yet heard Playing the Victim, the single is streaming from Shelter’s Muzic.net.nz profile page (http://www.muzic.net.nz/artists/2935/shelter) and also their ReverbNation (http://www.reverbnation.com/shelternz).

NB: The lyric in the post-chorus verse is: “You bleed me, of my melody.
It is not: “You bleed me, I’m a manatee.”

You can find the rest of the lyrics on Shelter’s ReverbNation profile.

 

About Ravenhall

With passionate acoustic guitar driven songs and evocative storytelling, New Zealand’s Ravenhall speaks directly to listener’s hearts. By embracing an experimental electronic edge, they push the boundaries of traditional singer/songwriter music to create a sound that is wholly authentic and unique.

Founding members Joe Ravenhall and Chris Brebner are both veterans of Auckland’s music scene, with several years of history collaborating on a variety of projects. With Ravenhall they sought to embrace the emotional lyricism and open hearted melodies that drew them to music in the first place. After writing over a hundred songs together, they recruited Damian Hilt on drums and Alan Treanor on the bass, each one bringing their own dynamic personality to fill out the band’s sound.

After spending many years performing together across New Zealand, Ravenhall made their official debut in 2015 with the release of their single Everything To Me. From there they went on to release a series of singles expanding on their signature sound while continuing to build an audience in their home country. Currently the band is working on a new EP which will introduce their intricately crafted songwriting to new listeners in New Zealand and beyond.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Ravenhall

Releases

The Coming Storm
Year: 2021
Type: EP
Wild Hearts
Year: 2020
Type: EP
Straight Up
Year: 2018
Type: EP

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