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Shrines: Shrines

Album Review

Prog metal perversity from the streets of London

As metal begins to eat itself, even the oddest of records can be reduced down to a disdainful game of ‘spot the influence’.

The albums that defy your weary cynicism are the ones that make that game both informative and fun, and Shrines’ gleeful slamming together of disparate inspirations does precisely that. The brainchild of guitarists Sam Loynes and Matthew Adnett (of London-dwelling ne’er-do-wells Voices and Obscene Entity respectively), this is progressive metal in the truest sense; it flows, it mutates, it harnesses the power of borrowed ideas and weaves them into new ones. 


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