SHVPES like to throw out the genre rulebook. In fact, debut album ‘Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair.’ sees the Birmingham four-piece shaking up their metal image and pushing against all creative boundaries.
On ‘Skin & Bones’, vocalist Griffin Dickinson tackles Rage Against The Machine-style rapping in a fire-spitting breakdown, while ‘Two Minutes Of Hate’ proves the biggest head-turner with hints of grime.
Of course – as with many debuts – the sheer volume of influences on display suggests the band still need to solidify their sound. But, with a clear passion for self-discovery, they’re well on their way.