SHVPES announces release of their second studio album Greater Than!
Having initially planned to run with three ‘mixtapes’ leading into the full record next year, UK’s 5 piece rock band Shvpes (pronounced Shapes), have decided to bring the new album forward, following an incredible fan response to first single Undertones, issuing it as a single body of work, to support an exciting autumn/winter touring schedule.
Written in Snowdonia, Wales, and recorded at Treehouse Studios in Chesterfield with world renowned producer and Engineer, Jim Pinder (Bullet For My Valentine, Machine Head, While She Sleeps), Greater Than is truly genre-defying; combing hip-hop and metal, plus alternative rock and urban elements, this is heavy music for the adventurous and open-minded.
“We’ve decided to bring you the full SHVPES experience this year with Album 2: Greater Than, out on November 9th via Search and Destroy/ Spinefarm Records. We’re intensely proud of these tracks. We think they deserve to be experienced together in all of their glory. What we’ve created feels bold, and I’m not worried about people getting pissed off – they can take it or leave it. A lot of people are going to absolutely love it,” says SHVPES vocalist Griffin.
One of SHVPES biggest inspirations, Matt Heafy of Trivium collaborates on the song Rain. But despite this being the most metal track on the album, Matt’s vocals, unpredictably, feature on the rap section.
“That just seemed like the perfect part,because we didn’t want to give him a screamy-shouty verse, we wanted to do something a bit different. We put about 10 takes of him on there, so we’ve got this vocal gang monster!” says Griffin.
Since releasing their highly-praised 2016 debut Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair. Shvpes have been riding the wave of acclaim that rapidly attached itself to their name, touring Europe with some of the biggest bands in hard rock (Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Blessthefall) and appearing at festivals the world over. But in 2018, with Greater Than the band have truly arrived.