Mascot Label Group has announced the signing of Jefferson City, Missouri’s Shaman’s Harvest. The band’s MLG debut Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns will be released in Europe on September 15. Mascot Label Group North America President Ron Burman offers, “Nathan Hunt is an amazing, powerful vocalist and the band write universally appealing songs that rock! I’ve been a fan of Shaman’s Harvest for a few years now and I’m very excited to be working with them.”
Shaman’s Harvest achieved significant success in the US with their independently released Shine album, which featured “Dragonfly.” The song rose to number #16 on Billboard’s Active Rock chart and #9 at Heritage Rock, selling over 150,000 singles and tens of thousands of albums. To date, the video has been viewed 2.3 million times on YouTube. Additionally, the composition was featured on the soundtrack of the major motion picture Legendary. In 2010, Shaman’s Harvest recorded “Broken Dreams” for the WWE as the theme song for wrestler Drew McIntyre, and cut “End of Days” as the entrance track for Wade Barrett and The Corre.
The band members all grew up together sharing dreams, and becoming men in the heartland of the U.S.A. Hunt shares, “Living in Missouri is awesome. There’s a beauty in the grit of us Midwesterners. We work hard, make babies, drink too damn much, and we’re not afraid to rebuild and start over when we get God-smacked. We have an art community all our own, inspired by wind in the wheat fields, and summer morning haze off the rivers and streams. If shit is broke we either fix it ourselves, or put it up on blocks for yard art.”
As they began recording Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns, singer Hunt was diagnosed with throat cancer. He reveals, “I immersed myself in this record, committed to not missing a day. I didn’t know if it was gonna be my last record so it was treatment, then studio, then some days back for more treatment. Everyone deals with cancer differently. There was a period I felt alone and a couple tracks speak to that directly and other times I felt overwhelming love for my mates and people who were there for me. I was lucky enough to be recording during it and it’s all there.”
The album is pure in the way it breathes feelings and emotions that are diverse track to track. They are cinematic, and offer audio beds for flashback memories or present experiences that are our lives. Hunt states, “Whether they’re driving down the highway, at work, or doin’ the nasty, these songs should be the soundtrack. I think people will accept the diversity from song to song whether it’s a riff rock vibe like ‘Here It Comes’ or it’s a darker, emotional anthem such as ‘Ten Million Voices’ without categorizing Shaman’s.”
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