Shawn James & The Shapeshifters are a band from Arkansas that plays a mixture of stoner, classic rock and bluegrass and this is a review of their self released 2015 album "The Gospel According To Shawn James & The Shapeshifters" which will be released on April 7th.
A very hard and heavy stoner rock sound starts off the album along with some folk instruments in the background and when vocals are added into the music they are more in a blues and southern rock direction and the fiddles and banjos gives the album more of a bluegrass feeling while the guitars bring in the heaviness of doom metal at times.
Most of the songs stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction and some of the tracks also bring in a small amount of female vocals and a lot of the songs bring in a 70's rock vibe but with a more modern take and when the music speeds up a bit it brings in the energy of punk rock and as the album progresses clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the last track is long and epic in length.
Shawn James & The Shapeshifters takes the heaviness of stone r rock and doom metal and mixes it in with southern rock, folk and bluegrass to create a very original sound, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover dark, occult and real life themes.
In my opinion Shawn James & The Shapeshifters are a very great sounding mixture of stoner metal, southern rock and bluegrass and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "No Gods" "Wild Man" "Lake Of Fire" and "Lilith". 8 out of 10.