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Shepherds Reign - Single Review: Legend

14 Aug 2019 // A review by Steve Shyu

Shepherds Reign originated in South Auckland, combining essences of classic and contemporary metal with Polynesian influences. Arguably the best-known Pasifika metal band on our side of the globe, this rising name has not stopped recording music and wowing audiences with live performances with their signature sound since starting in 2016. With the new addition of a fifth member to Shepherds Reign, it appears the group is just getting started on the road to domination with the release of their latest single Legend.

Where a modern heavy metal song would begin with a guitar riff or a drumbeat, Legend begins with a slightly quirky keyboard jingle laid over traditional pate drums before electric guitars, bass and conventional drums enter. This eyebrow-raising intro lets the listeners know they’re in for something different.

Make no mistake, this is still heavy metal; the grooving palm-muted guitars are energising, moving one into a fist-raising and headbanging bounce. The vocals are gruff but baritone and very bold, at once taking your attention with the line “Let me tell you ‘bout someone I know”. Armed with a well-thought out breakdown, consisting of chugging guitars, pumping bass drums and frantic harsh vocals, making for a nice climax to a great piece of Aotearoa alt-metal. 

Evidently, the lyrics are dedicated to someone who is deeply revered, a role-model who had great impact on the writer, which, thematically, is a perfect fit with the big, anthemic chorus, providing a personal side to the boisterousness, with a delicate touch applied courtesy of the keyboards.

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of heavy music crossed with styles not normally associated with metal; following in the footsteps of genre-hopping alternative groups like Australia’s Twelve Foot Ninja, injecting their native influences in the mix, makes for not only an invigorating listen, but adds a fresh edge to the New Zealand heavy metal scene.

The accompanying music video, courtesy of NZ on Air, features Aotearoa's boxing extraordinaire David Tua. The titular legend in the clip is embodied by Tua himself, acting as a spiritual guide to the young protagonist boxer. The addition of interspersed clips of different Pacific Island warriors' hints at the power of one's ancestry, and this is made all the more powerful during the climactic breakdown, as the main character faces off opponents in the ring. Not only does this assert the band's Pasifika roots, it makes good use of the tribal imagery in a creative manner. Top-notch stuff.

Furthermore, for those who enjoy the song Legend, be on the lookout for their emotive acoustic rendition of Legend, stripped down to just two guitars and two vocalists.


Don't forget to follow Shepherd's Reign on Facebook and stay tuned for their upcoming live shows!

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Shepherds Reign

Hailing from the deep Polynesian stronghold of South Auckland, Shepherds Reign have stamped their powerful mark on the New Zealand and international music scene in a very short amount of time, creating a huge buzz from their live shows. Combining the traditional and ancient music of their forefathers with modern rock and metal influences including bands like Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold and Dream Theater, Shepherds Reign have found their own unique sound in a cluttered and overblown musical environment.

Unlike any heavy artist, Shepherds Reign bring a captivating and enthralling sound with the use of the Samoan language, instruments and culture, making it an integral part of their live show. The evocative and primal live show displays a fierce pride for their music that wins the audience every time with its blood pumping ritualistic beats, thick melodic textures and an undeniable power that hooks the audience into the bands dark and heavy realm completely.

A fifteen date tour of New Zealand as special guests of Devilskin's RED NZ tour 2020 cemented a place for Shepherds Reign as a force to be reckoned with and won them a huge swathe of new fans. Paul Martin, bassist for Devilskin and producer of The Axe Attack commented “I totally knew our audience would love these guys! I can’t remember being this excited over a band for a long time. They completely blow me away with everything they do, attitude, commitment, passion and an unashamedly distinctive sound. But the real magic is in the songs. Powerful, compelling and totally undeniable.”

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Shepherds Reign
Year: 2018
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