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Who Needs a Shepherd
June 2009
Released: 2008, N/A
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Hemoptysis hailing from Tempe, Arizona is a four piece metal band with thrash and melodic death metal influences. Formed in 2007, so far the unsigned band has released a five track EP entitled WHO NEEDS A SHEPHERD.

WHO NEEDS A SHEPHERD opens with the galloping “Shadow of Death”. Musically this is not that far removed from mid tempo Gothenburg fanfare with a later era Carcass meets Bodom-esque vocal delivery courtesy of guitarist and lead vocalist Masaki Murashita. Not bad. The second track to hit the chopping block is the EP’s title track that opens with some samples of a televangelist before kicking into a mid paced rocker that lyrically deals with the oppressing of those of the Christian faith.

Next we have “And the World Dies” and so far a lot of old school influences collide head on with modern mid tempo metal in a melting pot of influences before a heavy double bass drum passage better defines this track from being interchangeable with the first two songs. Drummer Travis Thune proves quite capable of adapting to all sorts of tempo shifts and does not overplay his kit thankfully. He might be one to watch.

“All For You” gallops into some pretty tasty shred licks making way for the opening verse. The vocal phrasing juxtaposes well with the verse riff and pre-chorus. Half-time come chorus, this is probably my favorite selection on this here 5 song release.

WHO NEEDS A SHEPHERD closes with “A Traitor” a track that features stop and start on a dime tempo changes further showcasing the tightness of drummer Travis Thune as well as some tight chops from the rhythm section overall.

Final thoughts on this disc, a solid debut release musically speaking that is sure to establish Hemoptysis a steady footing in the underground. A band to keep an eye on.
Track Listing

1. Shadow of Death
2. Who Needs a Shepherd?
3. And the World Dies
4. All for You
5. A Traitor


Masaki Murashita - Vocals, Guitars
Brian Bieganski - Lead Guitar
Sunao Arai - Bass
Travis Thune - Drums

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