April 9, 2018


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The Pitch: Yashira is a Florida hardcore and sludge band dropping their debut album Shrine through Goodfight Music. FFO: The Lions Daughter, Lord Mantis

What I Like: With Shrine, Yashira prove that they are much more than just a hardcore band. The first few minutes may be full of grindy, blastbeat-driven material, but tracks like "Surmise (Descend)" find the group in full doom/sludge swing with massive chords and a slower, groovier pace. The atmosphere is largely very bleak and dark, drawing my mind to imagery of abandoned warehouses, cold concrete, and ominous alleyways. Tension mounts as danger lurks around every corner. But Yashira are versatile bunch, also showcasing their softer side on the expansive post-metal flavored "Shrine (Contra)" instrumental, which helps to further diversify the listening experience.

Critiques: Some of these tracks drag on much longer than they need to. The outro to "Writhe (Embrace)," for instance, seems to go on forever.

The Verdict: With their ecclectic sound palette and solid performances, Yaahira are a band to add to your watch list. While I have some issues with the length and flow of this album, it is undoubtedly worth checking out and gets me excited for what the future may hold.

Flight's Fav's: Redact (Flood), Raze (Deject), Ignis (Ascend)

-Review by FlightOfIcarus

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