Shun The Raven

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Shun The Raven is a strikingly enigmatic band for several reasons. For starters, there’s not a whole lot of information on the group’s website. This is a fairly new musical union. So, it’s partially natural to not have a ton of media at this point.  But, I also get the impression that these guys prefer to remain under veil. On top of the on-paper mystique, the few songs available come off as cryptic at times.

Formed in April 2015, Shun The Raven is a trio from High Point, NC. A self-described progressive rock act, this band has offered no more than a three-song demo for listeners thus far.

The Pill takes off from the starting line with a sense of urgency. This is the most energetic of the three tracks and it stands out in comparison to the others because of its fast pace. The combination of the speed and instrument tones provides a sound that’s like something belonging to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The rhythm breaks down in the chorus and bridge with some groove and screams, which gives the song a bit more of a modern edge.  What captured my attention most about this tune is the pick-style bass line.

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The intro to By The Wire is quite the opposite of The Pill. The guitar notes ring through seeping with a calm, ethereal darkness. However, things begin to escalate in the verse without hesitation, as if someone had flipped the group’s hard-rock switch. The vocals are drenching in a telephone-like filter effect that left me feeling jarred. From this point onward, the heavy vibe consistently remains.

I noticed hints of this during the solo of the previous song. In Slave To Creation, the guitar sounds overwhelmingly akin to that of Tool’s Adam Jones in terms of tone and playing style. This is expected due to Tool being the band’s main influence, but, the timing of the rests between picking just doesn’t bring anything else to mind.

To be honest, Shun The Raven seems to be drawing inspiration from Tool in terms of both sound and how these guys market themselves.  The band has that sort of distant and mysterious aura about it, as if you might not catch a glimpse of the members even during a live show. For fans that prefer their bands to be less of an open book, here’s a new and low-key act for you to follow.

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