The Dead Rabbitts “Shapeshifter” Album Review

The Dead Rabbitts’ album Shapeshifter takes Craig Mabbitt and TJ Bell’s band Escape The Fate to the next level. The Phoenix, Arizona based band have a bright future ahead of them. The album hits home for metalcore enthusiasts of all kinds. Shapeshifter sounds like someone took Blessthefall and The World Alive and put them into one. (Which I later looked up to find that is what Craig Mabbitt himself said about the band.)

I was ecstatic when I found out that Craig Mabbitt was creating this side project, I love Escape The Fate but I always felt like I needed more and Shapeshifter is exactly what I’ve been looking for. The Dead Rabbitts is a perfect band to jump around and release emotions to. The album tells a story of regret, reject, change, and waking yourself up to the world around you. The album begins with the song “My Only Regret” which hooks listeners in from the very start. Listening to the song “Shapeshifter,” the ending brings chills to my skin. The album itself is filled with hooks and harmonies that don’t let the listener go. Fans of Blessthefall, Escape The Fate, The World Alive, Motionless In White and Eyes Set To Kill should definitely check out this album when it drops in stores.

Every song has something that sets it apart from the rest on the album, and every song is filled with emotion. The album has a very aggressive and ‘pissed off’ sound which Craig Mabbitt had told Alt Press. Craig has wanted to make something of this sound but had never gotten the chance until now. Shapeshifter is definitely an album worth listening to. You’ll either hate it, or you’ll love it and I see more people taking the loving it side. The album is set to drop in stores July 1st but you can find the singles “Shapeshifter” and “My Only Regret” on Tragic Hero Record’s YouTube channel (link below). You can also catch the band on tour this summer June 20th to July 26th, 2014 with main support band The Relapse Symphony along with Myka Relocate and Nightmares.

-Mya T.


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