SHAI HULUD NEWS
SHAI HULUD release new album teaser; announce 2013 release date
SHAI HULUD will be releasing their new album, Reach Beyond the Sun, on February 19th, 2013. New music and pre-orders will be available on December 10th, but for now, fans can sample a portion of a new track in a teaser video on the band's official youtube channel - youtube.com/shaihuludtv.
About Reach Beyond the Sun:
Reach Beyond the Sun, the fourth entry in Shai Hulud's storied catalog, will see its release in February of 2013. The album was produced by current New Found Glory guitarist, Chad Gilbert, and notably, vocalist on Hulud's debut LP Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion. In addition to producing, Gilbert also returned to sing on the album - his first offering of recorded vocals with the band in over a decade. Not unlike Shai Hulud's previous releases, Reach Beyond the Sun was born of several years of toiling before ever entering a studio. The band's previous effort, Misanthropy Pure, a polished, metallic and frenzied piece of masterwork, is contrasted by the much more visceral, instinctively compositional songs found on Reach Beyond the Sun, an embracement of the raw Hardcore/Punk elements that sit at the cornerstone of the band's influences. Longtime bass player Mad Matt Fletcher asserts, "Anyone who really knows the band will agree this album is our definitive sound, encompassing all of our different influences and styles." He conclusively reiterates, "Yep, this sounds like Shai Hulud."
"Shai Hulud comes from the isolated corner of hardcore where a screaming voice has meaning and purpose. (Their) lyrics empower and inspire. A gift of perspective, if not of true insight." - Nick Pierce / Shai Hulud fan
Lyrically, Shai Hulud continues to evoke deeper thought, and a range of true human emotions practically unique to the band as the modern underground often shies away from depth for fear of the vulnerability of inner exposure. Shai Hulud affirms "True strength is inviolate" in the song "Monumental Graves," and introspectively queries "Is ours, indeed, a sunless path to waiting graves we prepare for ourselves?" and "Will we bring our hearts back to life?" in the songs "I, Saturnine" and "A Human Failing," respectively, boldly turning their insides out. Regarding "A Human Failing," a song about a generation willing to turn numb in lieu of a life of pain and feeling, guitar player Matt Fox comments "It's become 'cool' to be cold. No pun intended." In the interest of challenging misinterpreted notions of pessimism, the song "Think The Adder Benign" professes "No, I do not believe roses only bloom just to conceal the thorns. I merely accept the thorn pricked finger bleeds" while "To Suffer Fools" maintains the band's active frustration and misanthropy, a trait by which Shai Hulud are notorious: "Pour the salts of acumen straight into the eyes to recondition the mind."
In recording Reach Beyond the Sun, Shai Hulud welcomed the vocal talents of accomplished friends from throughout the hardcore community. Fans will note guest vocals from: Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme, Blacklisted) on "A Human Failing, John Vigil (The Ghost Inside) on "If A Mountain be My Obstacle," Louis Hernandez (Alpha & Omega) on "Man Into Demon," all officially recorded former Hulud vocalists Matt Mazalli, Damien Moyal, and Geert van der Velde on "Medicine to the Dead," as well as additional vocals throughout the album from the likes of Justin Krauss (With Life In Mind), Martin Stewart (Donnybrook, Terror), David Wood (Down To Nothing, Terror), among others.
Since the release of Misanthropy Pure in 2008, Shai Hulud has toured Europe, Southeast Asia, Canada, the US, and Mexico. Most recently, the band appeared at the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary shows, both in LA and New York. Plans are already beginning to unfold for 2013, beginning with Shai Hulud's trek to Australia for the first time as part of Soundwave 2013, which also features Metallica, Blink 182, The Offspring, Slayer, and many more. More plans are beginning to unfold in support of Reach Beyond the Sun, which will invariably see Hulud performing in front of more fans, new and old, than ever before.
Within Reach Beyond The Sun is found the glimmer of hope emerging as a keen perception of reality on a gridlocked battleground of grim pessimism versus unthinking optimism - a conflicting array of swirling thoughts and depth of emotion, honestly illustrating and defining the beauty and tragedy of the human experience. To the backdrop of progressive, metallic Hardcore/Punk, Shai Hulud is thinking and expressing in perpetual forward motion.
Onward and upward. Always. Forever.
Reach Beyond the Sun will be released on February 19th in North America, and February 15th/18th in Europe.
SHAI HULUD completes new album; Chad Gilbert produced, performed vocals
Chad Gilbert to join Shai Hulud on stage in NYC this October; permanent vocalist search continues
Legendary hardcore/metal innovators, Shai Hulud, have finished their fourth album (second for Metal Blade Records). This album will serve as the follow up to 2008's critically acclaimed Misanthropy Pure. Matt Fox, Matt Fletcher and co. have completed recording the new album, alongside former Hulud vocalist and current New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, the vocalist on Shai Hulud's debut full length album "Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion". Gilbert's production resume includes work with H20, A Day To Remember, Terror, Trapped Under Ice, Set Your Goals, and more. Additionally, Shai Hulud has confirmed that the rumors are true; Chad Gilbert also recorded vocals for the entire album. A behind-the-scenes video from recording sessions with Matt Fox and Chad Gilbert is currently being completed and will be released in the coming months.
In addition to performing on the album, Chad Gilbert will be joining Shai Hulud on stage for the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary show in New York City on October 13th. Additional shows are in the works and will be confirmed shortly.
Shai Hulud's Matt Fox has offered the following update:
"It's been a strange and unpredictable journey, friends…
And the journey continues. Spare us a few moments, and we'll fill you in on the recent goings-on.
Your friendly neighborhood Shai Hulud has indeed finished recording a new album which will be released on Metal Blade Records in 2013, keeping with the it-takes-these-guys-forever-to-release-an-album motif we've honed and perfected. Regarding the record, it's never easy to sing praises of your own work. That said, allow us to humbly suggest we're fairly confident you won't be disappointed - taking a break from listening to, scrutinizing and nitpicking something you've immersed yourself in does wonders for your perception of it. Having done just that, we can conclusively state we are very proud of the album - though not to satisfaction, of course, because as we all know, that is the death of desire.
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Our friend and former singer, Chad Gilbert, who produced the album also returned to sing. This is the first time in over a decade he provided recorded vocals to a Shai Hulud song, much less an entire album - his first since "Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion" in 1997, and distinctively the first time Shai Hulud features the same vocalist on two full lengths, mimicking our friends in Further Seems Forever who see their original singer, Chris Carrabba, return to sing on their forthcoming album "Penny Black" due out this year.
Surely, a majority of you saw this coming. We knew our elusive responses of "Clark Griswold" when asked 'who sang on the album?' would foster this very speculation. Tacitly obvious, really. Hidden in plain sight even. If this is a total shocker to you, don't worry too much; while banking, and parking in metropolitan areas is sometimes difficult, with moderate help you should manage well enough. In theory.
Just to be clear, Chad has not rejoined Shai Hulud, and it's highly unlikely there will ever be a full tour with with him fronting the band. You can, however, catch us play together on September 16th at Reel & Restless Fest in Miami, October 13th with Chain Of Strength (!), Bold, Battery, and Shook Ones at one of the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary shows in NYC, and another show the following day, October 14th, in a city yet to be determined. These shows will be a blast. We hope to see as many of you as possible so we can celebrate together music, creative unions, and enduring friendships.
You guessed it, the fact that Chad sang on the new album does in fact reveal we do not currently have a fixed, permanent singer. Another shocker. Over the past few years we've been fortunate enough to have friends who have loaned us their voices for tours and recordings. We're grateful to everyone who dedicated any amount of their time and effort to help keep Shai Hulud moving forward. Without them, their friendship, their passion for the music, we would have remained stagnant. Because of them we progressed. For that we owe all of them a serious debt of gratitude words cannot express.
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And the journey continues, moving forward as we always have with the help and support of our friends, and those we have connected with musically. Within a day or so we will posting details on what we always look for in the singer of a Hardcore band. We hope to be hearing you.
Please check in with us online within the next couple of days for details:
Onward. Upward. Always and forever,
Shai Hulud has spent the last five years on the road promoting their previous album, Misanthropy Pure. Touring has taken them across the US, Mexico, and Canada, to Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. Disallowed by Disney to play at House of Blues Anaheim/Orlando while on tour with New Found Glory in 2009, their music continues to inspire fans worldwide, whether via their albums, live at festivals, or hole-in-the-wall clubs. Misanthropy Pure was praised by fans and press, including Alternative Press Magazine: "Misanthropy is one giant, brain-rattling testament to the genre-blurring finesse of bands masterminds Matt Fox (guitar) and Matt Fletcher (bass), who fuse good, old-fashioned circle-pit hardcore with hair-whipping shred-metal, leaving us all the merrier for it." Noisecreep.com more recently commented, "Matt Fox might not be a household name, but his influence on modern metal is irrefutable."
The Dave Brodsky directed video for Misanthropy Pure can be seen on Metal Blade TV HERE. Updates on the progress of the new album will be posted as they are made available. For the most immediate updates, make sure to follow Shai Hulud via the sites listed below.
09/16 Miami, FL Reel & Restless Fest
10/13 New York, NY Irving Plaza