Shrine are a Post-Metal, Sludge band hailing from Linköping, Sweden. The four long-time friends have been playing together since 2010 and have already tread the same boards as Entombed and Rising. The hard work that they have put in during this time has come to fruition on their debut release Aether. First track ‘Delusional Kings’ opens with a classic thrash riff, that the great Robb Flynn of Machine Head would be proud of. The opener is awash with some awesome riffs and the drums sound huge and solid. The vocal performance of Gus Ring hold the sound very well and are not overly excessive, complementing the tracks fittingly. The guitars have got to be the most appealing and refreshing thing about Shrine. The dual guitars of the aforementioned Gus Ring and Linus Marron de Martin sound fantastic and slick. Leaning towards classic Mastodon grooves and massive swirling rhythms similar to that of French masters Gojira, see ‘Birthmarks’ and ‘Misfit Opening’. Unfortunately there are only three songs on offer here, but they all will certainly whet the appetite for their upcoming full length that the quartet are currently working on. Going on the evidence of Aether, this will be an album worth the wait. This is currently streaming on the group’s bandcamp page, check it out here.
Gus Ring (Vocals and Guitar), Linus Marron de Martin (Guitar), Marcus Skön (Bass), Daniel Eklöw (Drums).