In the world of seemingly endless rock ‘n’ roll sub-genres, here's another one to add to the list:
Krishnacore. Former Youth of Today kingpins Ray and Porcell are certainly the primary progenitors of
this genre, which supports straightedge living, vegetarianism, a sober consciousness and respect for
each other. Whether that interests you or not, Shelter's music is still worthy of mention.
When 20 Summers Pass, the band's fifth full length, continues the messages of Krishnacore, with
the unusual backing of hardcore punk rock as its primary vehicle of expression. Ray and Porcell have done
their time in the music scene, and their latest release clearly shows that this duo can
pack a spiritual punch while creating tunes that just as enjoyable to staunch fans and followers as they are to casual hardcore listeners. "In the Van Again" has a terrific chorus, making it the most
accessible tune here. Ray's powerful lyrics examine the sacrifices of a life on the road as hurried
guitar riffs steer his vocals toward a perfect conclusion. Shelter injects a mild Indian quality into
"Song of Brahma" with melodic guitar notes that put you into a hazy trance. Just as you begin to zone
out, a quick spike of ruthlessly powerful hardcore flatlines your state of semi-consciousness like an
icy bucket of water in the face.
Shelter's main attraction is its no-bullshit approach to delivering the hardcore goods. Zipping
through these twelve tracks will easily satiate any cravings for guitar based aggression, but it may
also affect your belief system. Is Krishnacore in your future? Give 'em a shot and see if things
connect. If they don't, you've still got a kick ass CD to blast!