Album review

Sixty Watt Shaman :
Reason To Live


Sixty Watt Shaman : Reason To LiveHellfire - this is one great band. Not content with handing over an album that'll get you through the night, Sixty Watt Shaman have gone that extra mile and come up with an album that's pretty damn special.
    With just over six years under their belt, I personally find then quite devoid of any influences, making this the most original album I've heard in a long time. Somehow, perhaps credit due to Scott Reeder (ex-Kyuss), they've taken a whole bunch of varying dynamics and rammed them through a set of speakers at 100mph. Cool.

Daniel Kerzwick and Joe Selby (vox and guitars) come at you from one angle, whilst Jim Forrester and Pete Campbell (bass and drums) hail from the other. This meeting of styles across the great divide is incredible. Songs such as Horse You Rode In On and The Mill Wheel, really display what a band can be capable of when they're all aiming for the same goal.
    Reason To Live is more than just a great rock album and the sum of the band's playing. What sets Sixty Watt Shaman apart is their lyrical ability, and it wouldn't be fair if I didn't acknowledge both the title track and Blind By Morning as outstanding in that field.
    At the back end, Breathe Again and When I'm Alone bring Reason to Live to a satisfying conclusion.

In a world where all things are just and true, Sixty Watt Shaman would be sitting next to Creed. In the real world, you'll just have to be content with knowing that for yourself. Clocking in at 16 tracks, with not an inch of fat, it's just awesome. 'Nuff said.

:: Sion Smith

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