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 Purecan 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