Review: Shiverburn – European Tour 2015 Edition

Shiverburn are a new, young five-piece Hard Rock band with a energetic, fresh, and melodic sound, which combined with the right backing could possibly see them gaining a new following of fans outside their native Holland.

With influences ranging from Halestorm and Paramore, to Alter Bridge and Nickelback, Shiverburn definitely fall on the poppier side of this thing we all call Rock ‘n’ Roll, but when they rock they do indeed rock.

‘Explanation’ opens the album (rush released for the current European Tour, hence the cunning title ‘European Tour 2015 edition’) with a Mark Tremonti-esque opening barrage, before the drums come slamming in. The Alter Bridge comparisons continue with the soaring chorus, but without the Myles Kennedy high-pitched vocal gymnastics.

Sanne Heuyerjans has a highly impressive voice, which she uses to full advantage on ‘One Step Closer’, a great Pop Rock track that would sound massive filling an arena. Now the “P” word can be off-putting to some folk, but I’m not talking Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez manufactured factory production line Pop here, I’m talking Pop with a bite added to it.

‘Last One Standing’ has an early Paramore vibe to it… but only if Hayley Williams had two guitarists shredding away over her lush melodies.

‘Fighters’ is another cracker. Starting with a short, sharp, punky attitude, it is a great anthem, that lends it’s voice to the young and alienated, much the same principle as ‘The Strays’ from Sleeping With Sirens.

‘Same Old Story’ is another massive hit single in waiting. Again, Heuyerjans’s vocals stand out, and this would sound incredible in a live setting.

‘Mistake’ is one of the strongest tracks on the album. There’s a great driving beat from the rhythm section of drummer Luigi Nabuurs and bassist Gerrit Meulendijks, providing the beef for guitarists Erwin Jongenelen and Martijn de Lauw to impress without being too flash. Sanne Heuyerjans has an intriguing voice. At times joyous and uplifting, at others (‘Sick Of Waiting’) bitter and a ‘Don’t Fuck With Me’ attitude. I love it.

An acoustic version of ‘One Step Closer’ rounds the album off, and the stripped back atmosphere enhances an already powerful song.

The Netherlands is renowned for it’s ability to produce quality Symphonic Rock bands, such as Within Temptation, Delain and Epica. Bands that can combine the harder elements along with a melodic, poppier sound. Take away the layered keyboards and symphonic vocals from these acts and you have Shiverburn.

The band play London Borderline on October 20th, which will hopefully result in more UK dates, playing tracks from this great album from a young band with a big sound.

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Review: David Stott


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