1/3 Springfield, VA @ Empire
1/4 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
1/5 Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
1/6 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
1/7 Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
1/8 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
1/9 Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog
1/10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
1/11 Kent, OH @ The Outpost
1/12 Kokomo, IN @ Center Stage
1/14 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
1/15 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache
1/17 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
1/18 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
1/19 Nashville, TN @ The End
1/21 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
1/22 Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
1/23 Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
1/25 Dallas, TX @ Winter Jamboree
1/28 Tupelo, MS @ Goodtime Charlie’s
1/29 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
1/30 Little Rock, AR @ Rev Room
1/31 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
2/1 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
2/3 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
2/4 Tempe, AZ @ Nile Underground
2/5 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
2/6 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
2/7 Fresno, CA @ Strummers
2/8 Walnut Creek, CA @ Red House Live
2/9 Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
2/11 Reno, NV @ Jub Jubs
2/12 Portland, OR @ Branx
2/14 Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
2/15 Spokane, WA @ The Hop
2/16 Billings, MT @ Railyard
2/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/19 Wichita, KS @ Museum Of Heart
2/20 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
2/22 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
2/23 Wareham, MA @ 3065 Live
Having moved to Florida in Fall of 1993 to start attending college, I didn’t know what to expect from the local hardcore music scene. I had been weaned on Midwest HxC prior to that while living in Louisville, KY. And it is well-known that the Louisville hardcore and punk scene was impressive. Especially during the 90’s. So being in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, I didn’t know what to expect. I went to a few shows here and there and vaguely remember the bands I saw. It wasn’t until about 1996 that it all started coming together when a friend gave a demo tape by a band called Shai Hulud. My initial thoughts were that they sounded unlike any type of hardcore I had heard before. And the band must be a bunch of sci-fi geeks if they named the band after the sandworms in Dune.
Fast forward to 1997 after having released their Profound Hatred of Man 7”, Shai Hulud released their first full-length, Hearts Once Nourished with Hope and Compassion, on Crisis Records, which was a sub-label of Revelation. All of us in the local scene were eager to hear what it was going to sound like. Granted, we had heard a few of the songs live already as part of their set at shows, but hearing the record on vinyl or CD was going to be a different experience.
As soon as the first riff for “Solely Concentrating On The Negative Aspects Of Life” hit you in the face and Chad Gilbert belted out “A discontent for the vile and the wretched / Will bring forth reparations of the most severe degree…” you knew that it was going to be a brutally great ride. Without nit-picking the album song by song, it’s safe to say that this album ushered in a new age of the metalcore genre. Bands deeply rooted in hardcore and punk but incorporating their love and appreciation of heavy metal. Metal of all kinds. This obviously formed a sound that was heavy and plodding but also filled with melodies and non-chugga chugga riffs. But it was still heavy as all fuck. Even more so given with the personal and intricately thought-out lyrics and themes Shai Hulud are known for. Not to mention the sometimes ridiculously long song titles. But it all came together in a monster of a record with Hearts Once Nourished…
I know it’s cheesy at times to say that any given record was the soundtrack to your life and helped you get through a tough time. But as music fans, we all know that it’s true. When the music is passionate and heart-felt and meaningful, then it will connect with you in a manner as to which nothing else can or will. When Hearts Once Nourished… was released, it was during a time I was going through some difficult personal things. OK, it was over a girl. Isn’t it always though? Shai Hulud’s music was cathartic and the much-needed therapy session I needed to be able to handle and get through that obstacle at that time of my life. It made me realize that I wasn’t the only one who felt the way I did and it was OK to release that anger and angst and come out unscathed and a better individual for it. The scars will always be there, but Hearts helped the healing process a bit faster.
And outside of all the cheesy personal stuff I have surrounding this album, do you realize that the album was recorded at Morrisound Studios? Yes, THE Morriosund Recordings Studio in Tampa, FL. The birthplace of death metal. And it was engineered by Steve Heritage of Assück. Now that is some great useless trivia for you about this record! And oh yeah, to further cement the band’s sci-fi nerd tendencies, at the very end of the record after the hidden track, there is a sound clip from the movie Alien. Ha!
Hearts Once Nourished with Hope and Compassion is the album that defined Florida hardcore for me. It opened the doors to the FL metalcore being done and influenced by so many other locals bands (at the time) like Strongarm, Poison the Well, Morning Again, and Bird of Ill Omen. Shai Hulud proved that you can still have personal and reactionary lyrics and message and still be heavy as a sack of bricks without being tagged as “emo” or not hardcore. And still have a sense of humor hidden throughout and not it all so seriously as so many other hardcore bands tend to.
In keeping with Shai Hulud‘s nerdy sense of humor as of always, they have posted a video show Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory and producer of the new album) tracking the vocals for “To Suffer Fools” off the upcoming album Reach Beyond The Sun. It’s interesting to see the process and there are references to slime and Nickelodeon. Try that on for size!
With the impending release of Shai Hulud‘s Reach Beyond The Sun on February 19th via Metal Blade, the metalcorechestra of misanthropic hoodlums have announced a few shows in the Northeast to celebrate. Surely, everyone will be wondering who will be manning the mic at these shows. I guess only way to find out will be to attend and see.
Feb. 13 Amityville, NY @ Revolution
Feb. 15 Havervill, MA @ Anchors Up
Feb. 16 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage At Championship
Feb. 17 Danbury, CT @ Herloom Arts Theater
Florida’s (now in NY) hardcore greats Shai Hulud have premiered a new song off their upcoming new album, Reach Beyond The Sun, due out February 19th, 2013 via Metal Blade Records. The title track finds the band deep in the aggression and heaviness they are known for, while maintaining an underlying positive message within. The vocals on the album were handled by New Found Glory‘s Chad Gilbert who also produced the album. If you know your Hulud history, then you know that Gilbert was also the band’s vocalist in their earlier days.
Enjoy! And turn this up to 11 as you have a one-man (or woman) moshpit in your living room. As you should!
Pre-orders are now up and running for the new Shai Hulud record Reach Beyond The Sun. The Florida metalcore band (now located in NY) went into the studio with original vocalist Chad Gilbert producing the tracks and helming the vocals much to the delight of long-time fans. The album is due out on February 19th, 2013 from Metal Blade Records. You can get your pre-order on with the CD or 12″ LP if it pleases, or a few bundles with shirts are available as well.
Reach Beyond the Sun, the fourth entry in Shai Hulud‘s storied catalog, 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.”
Reach Beyond The Sun Tracklisting
01. The Mean Spirits, Breathing
02. I, Saturnine
03. Reach Beyond the Sun
04. A Human Failing
05. Man Into Demon: And Their Faces Are Twisted With the Pain of Living
06. Medicine to the Dead
07. To Suffer Fools
08. Think the Adder Benign
09. Monumental Graves
10. If a Mountain Be My Obstacle
11. At Least a Plausible Case for Pessimism
NY-based Florida hardcore band SHAI HULUD have made the official announcement of releasing their new full-length on February 19, 2013. The new album titled Reach Beyond The Sun, will be released by Metal Blade Records and has previously noted, it will feature former member Chad Gilbert back on vocals as well as having produced the record. The band posted a teaser video for the release.
Shai Hulud‘s “Reach Beyond the Sun” will be released on February 19th in North America, and February 15th/18th in Europe.
Written and recorded by:
Matt Fox – Guitars
Matt Fletcher – Bass
Matt Covey – Drums
Chad Gilbert – Vocals
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.
The Revelation Records 25th Anniversary Celebration shows were this past weekend. Plenty of videos are surfacing of all the bands performing. From Youth of Today to Gorilla Biscuits to Quicksand, there are a lot of gems in the bunch. As we digest all of them, hopefully we will post a few of the highlights. Here’s the first one. SHAI HULUD covering Inside Out‘s “No Spiritual Surrender” from their 1990 7″ EP. Thanks to Tim Lopez for filming it and posting.
Writer’s Note: Rather than scour the web for an up to date photo of the band’s ever changing lineup, I’ve opted to attach a drawing of the band’s namesake done by original vocalist and current producer Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory). Enjoy.
Florida HxC Metallers…now residing in NY…SHAI HULUD are preparing to enter the studio to work on and record their fourth studio album. For this follow-up of 2008′s Misanthropy Pure, they have enlisted none other than original vocalist and current NFG‘er Chad Gilbert to handle the production duties. Here’s the press release with the full skinny:
Legendary hardcore/metal innovators, Shai Hulud, are preparing to record their fourth album (second for Metal Blade Records) in April 2012. This album will serve as the follow up to 2008′s critically acclaimed Misanthropy Pure. Matt Fox, Matt Fletcher and company have completed writing the new album, and have confirmed that they’ve enlisted the production talents of original 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.
Chad Gilbert elaborates: “Matt Fox from Shai Hulud hit me up while on tour about potentially producing their new album. I immediately thought it could be an interesting and fun team up but I really wanted to hear new demos before agreeing. He sent me a few new songs and I was pleasantly surprised! The songs were awesome and felt very classic; the melodic hardcore metal they are already admired for but taken to another level. I think with us teamed up we can make the best Shai Hulud record yet!”
Matt Fox adds: “It started with this riff. Like a lot of albums do. It’s a pretty cool riff, Chad liked it, so I showed him a few more. He seemed to like the others, and had some really cool ideas for them, too. This was a few years ago, and that’s when we first entertained the idea working on a record together.
“Fast forward to when we are almost ready to book studio time… let’s see if Chad remembers any of those riffs. He remembered liking them, and asked to hear more. By this time some of these riffs made it into completed songs. We were pretty happy to hear he liked how everything evolved, and that he’d be interested in working with us on the next Shai Hulud album.
“I remember at 14 years old or so I was extremely excited because Wolverine was teaming up with the Punisher in “Punisher: War Journal”. I don’t know if anything can match that youthful elation, but this is right up there, pretty damn close.”
(How ’bout a pic of when Gilbert was in Shai Hulud?…Sure, why not.)