Nine Shrines formed in 2014 but in 2019 they release debut album Retribution Therapy, forming with members from past bands such as Attack Attack!, Life on Repeat, Strangers to Wolves and Downplay, they certainly aren’t newcomers to music with vast experience in the studio and extensive touring. Nine Shrines previously released an EP Misery in 2017 and have shared the stage with the likes of Volbeat, Halestorm, Chimaira, Shinedown, All That Remains, and Nonpoint.
The Ohio rockers bring a sound we’ve heard before but with very catchy hooks and elements of Rock/Metalcore, making for a well-executed and thought out album. Track Number 1 ‘Nimrod’ which was one of the singles released, starting out incredibly strong; aggressive catchy vocals, excellent guitar and drum work, with a guitar solo that flows with the song. Certainly one that will get stuck in your head.
Fourth Track and first released single ‘Ringworm’ uses harsh/shouted vocals in the verses working brilliantly with the music, a catchy chorus showing this bands’ fantastic melodic side and ability to keep things fresh and memorable. Vocals are a standout in this song, especially in the latter two choruses.
‘Dead’ another decent track, reminding me of similar hard rock bands such as Like a Storm and Nonpoint. ‘Hymn’ comes in at track number 7 at just over a minute long, breaking things up with a slow tempo and softly sung vocals. Special mentions to ‘Pretty Little Psycho’ and ‘Ghost’ which are both standout tracks.
Nine Shrines have done exceptionally well in making each track different and unforgettable. Retribution Therapy is an album you would expect to be making headway on the music scene, propelling Nine Shrines to greater heights; a band to watch out for.
Retribution Therapy is out now via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.
2. Retribution Therapy
3. Chain Reaction
5. Happy Happy
9. Pretty Little Psycho
11. Sick Like Me
Chris Parketny – lead vocals
Andrew Baylis – lead guitar
Devon Voisine – bass
Even McKeever – rhythm guitar
Andrew Wetzel – drums