In Europe the band from Jefferson City, Missouri was still unknown even after four albums. "Smokin' Hearts And Broken Guns" is their first work for the Dutch Mascot label and it's to be hoped that this impressive band will finally make their breakthrough. The recordings for the album were not under a good star, because singer Nathan Hunt fell ill with cancer at the beginning and fought his way through the recording sessions. You can feel that on the album with each of the eleven new tracks. Nathan is a singer who also gets average numbers out of mediocrity with his intense voice. "Country As Fuck", for example, is a simple rock'n'roll song that should be marked as a weak point by a "normal" singer, but Nathan heated up his troupe so much that it just rolled over. Shaman's Harvest sound for long stretches on their fifth album as if Cinderella had joined forces with Nickelback and Alice In Chains. Hero could serve as evidence of that. The album closes with an unplugged version of their 2009 hit "Dragonfly".
Top track: Ten Million Voices