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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

Following the rise and fall of a few incarnations, Joe Ravenhall & Chris Brebner found themselves yearning for a simpler style of music. They wished to emulate some of their heroes while producing a new sound, one which encompassed a more wholesome sound. This lead them both back to basics. Simple acoustic music which relies on strong vocal melodies interweaving with intricate guitar.

Fast forward five years and Ravenhall has written over 100 songs in an effort to solidify their sound. This dedication to their craft has resulted in a truly authentic sound which speaks to people intimately. With a preference to record and film their music live as opposed to studio tracks, their music provides authenticity and truth which is missed in many acts today.

You can regularly see Ravenhall performing at live venues throughout Auckland City and the rest of New Zealand.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Ravenhall

Releases

Straight Up
Year: 2018
Type: EP

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