The Shrine Releases Music, Video from New Album “Bless Off”

California “Destroyers of Rock ‘N’ Roll” The Shrine will release their new LP Bless Off on March 11 via Tee Pee Records. Recorded at Eliminator Studios in Venice Beach, CA, Bless Off is the follow-up to the power trio’s debut album Primitive Blast which was hailed as one of the “Top Los Angeles Metal Albums of 2012” by LA Weekly and one of Decibel magazine’s 2012 “Albums of the Year.” Nearly as hot as the band is the wildfire pre-release activity surrounding the new record’s release as a slew of new music and video from The Shrine has just premiered.

LA Weekly rolls out the first music video from Bless Off, for the scintillating track “Worship,” calling the song “a two-and-a-half-minute blast” that “gets up and goes from the very first note, fueled by short bursts of fuzzed-out guitar work from frontman Josh Landau.” Watch The Shrine’s “Worship” video via LA Weekly.

Simultaneously, MetalSucks premieres The Shrine’s new song “On the Grind,” calling the cut “a massive display of pure, unadulterated rock and roll,” while saying The Shrine “truly, sincerely stand alone in what they’re doing to the world of music, and thank fuck they’re doing it.” Rock The Shrine’s “On the Grind” via MetalSucks.

Revolver has just premiered a special behind-the-scenes look at The Shrine on tour, via an exclusive “on the road” video shot on the band’s recent North American trek with Red Fang.

VICE’s Noisey just premiered The Shrine’s new song “Nothing Forever,” saying, “The song mixes elements of Black Sabbath-y riffs before settling into a punk rock groove, and feels just like the soundtrack to dropping into an empty pool. Also, “Nothing Forever,” just like The Shrine as a whole, totally rips.”

The Shrine will perform at the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX, playing the Converse / Thrasher “Death Match” on Wednesday, March 12.

Undoubtedly one of America’s hottest underground bands, The Shrine plays loud, heavy rock ‘n’ roll fueled by cheap beer and bad acid that combines the hook-laden appeal of ’70’s garage rock and gritty ’80’s hardcore with a skate punk energy and attitude resulting in a sound the trio describes as “psychedelic violence.”

Recorded on reel-to-reel tape using vintage gear and colossal Marshall stacks, Bless Off is a record that attacks with buzzing riffs, blazing hooks and a bruising, mega-amplified punch. The album features 11 tracks of quintessential riff rock channeling hazy hesher glories including a song (“The Duke”) with lyrics penned by Chuck Dukowski in 1983 originally intended for an unreleased Black Flag song. The cover art to Bless Off features The Shrine’s ever-present wolf mascot and is an homage to legendary skate punk and gig flyer artist Ric Clayton (Suicidal Tendencies) and Dogtown Skateboards.

Track listing:
1.) Destroyers
2.) Worship
3.) Tripping Corpse
4.) The Duke
5.) Nothing Forever
6.) Bless Off
7.) On the Grind
8.) No Penalty
9.) Spit In My Life
10.) Napalm
11.) Hellride

The Shrine tour dates:

March 12 (2 PM) Austin. TX The Scoot Inn (SXSW: Converse/Thrasher Death Match w/
Earthless, Trash Talk, The Black Lips)
March 12 (9 PM) Austin, TX The Lost Well (SXSW: Heavy Metal Parking Lot w/ Spirit
Caravan, Kylesa, Truckfighters)

April 19 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro for Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze (with Negative
Approach, Fucked Up, Municipal Waste)

May 6 Vancouver, BC Electric Owl
May 7 Seattle, WA Studio Seven (with Kadavar)
May 8 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom (with Kadavar)
May 9 San Francisco, CA The Chapel (with Kadavar)
May 10 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place (with Kadavar)
May 11 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory Psycho De Mayo (with Pentagram, Saint
Vitus, Dead Meadow, Kadavar, Harsh Toke)
May 12 Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theater (with Kadavar)

Photo by Olivia Jaffe


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