THE SHRINE: RARE BREED

January 15th, 2016 | Album reviews

The Shrine
Rare Breed
Century Media

Whether playing in God’s band in heaven or reigning over a respectable vat of boiling sinners from his throne in Hell, Lemmy Kilmister will be pleased to hear this third-ish new album by the Shrine, which proves his legacy of no-nonsense heavy metal is secure! But in art, you have to kill your father. Here, the Shrine have not changed the formula: 70s style blistering guitar assault on songs you can’t wait to hear live, head-banging riffs that will make you want to carve a pentagram into our desk, and hooks as addictive as the drugs Josh Landau sings about his protagonists using. But they take things further than even Motorhead ever dreamed of—or even Shrine fans of a few years ago might have expected. This recording isn’t full of frills, but you can tell time was put into nailing every little lead lick and echo-y ending. This is no small feat—listen to studio albums by some of the great bands from the Invaders comp of the early-mid aughts, ground zero for the old-school metal renaissance we’re still enjoying, and you won’t find the Shrine’s knack for capturing bigger without getting muddier. That may because the Shrine know their post-Black Flag punk as well as their metal, and hey lookie: one-upping their Chuck Dukowski association, they’ve now officially recorded a song with former Black Flag/Circle Jerk-er and OFF! frontman Keith Morris, who does his best Dead Moon impression on the joyously heavy track “Never More Than Now.” You need this album even more than you need a stint in rehab.

—D.M. Collins

THE SHRINE RECORD RELEASE WITH ARCTIC ON FRI., JAN. 22, AT THE CHUN, 1258 W. 2ND ST., LOS ANGELES. 9 PM / ALL AGES / FREE w RSVP HERE! THE SHRINE’S RARE BREED IS AVAILABLE NOW FROM CENTURY MEDIA. VISIT THE SHRINE AT FACEBOOK.COM/THESHRINEFUZZ.