For Fans Of
Shai Hulud, a name that
is synonymous (in heavy music circles at least) with intelligent, provocative
and most importantly unique metallic hardcore. The band’s earliest
release is widely credited with influencing an entire generation of
musicians while their follow up record showed that these (now) veterans
are still as relevant as the first day they plugged in their guitars
and came kicking and screaming out of the Floridian hardcore scene.
So, was the five-year wait for album number three worth it? That would
be a resounding FUCK YES from this corner!
Armed with a new vocalist and
a renewed passion for the music they helped pioneer, Matt Fox
and Matt Fletcher have once again commandeered a collection of
talented musicians to assist in creating Misanthropy Pure, a
record that is as aggressive as it is melodious and one that will no
doubt cement Shai Hulud’s place in punk rock folklore.
If you were at all concerned the
band’s signing to Metal Blade would result in an album devoid
of the traditional Shai Hulud elements then the ninety-second
kick to the balls that is “Venomspreader” will allow you to breath
easy. “The Creation Ruin” is as disjointed as anything the band
has released previously, Matt Mazzali’s deeper growl combining
with the thick and free flowing riffs to create a crushing sound that
younger groups can only hope to emulate, while the breakdown that sees
the song out is one of the heaviest you’ll hear in 2008.
The album’s title shares some
of the more melodic fundamentals that made That Within Blood Ill
Tempered such an outstanding release, the creative fretwork being
some of Hulud’s finest work to date. Matt Fox has made
no secret of his love of bands like NOFX and Propagandhi,
their more streamlined influence being evident in songs like “We Who
Finish Last”, which makes for a fantastic contrast in Shai Hulud’s
song writing when you place it back to back with the chugging “Chorus
Of The Dissimilar”. “In The Mind And Marrow” has successfully
merged the most abrasive parts of the SH sound with the band’s
more delicate moments, a style that is carried on throughout “To Bear
The Brunt Of Many Blades”.
“Four Earths” is something that I cannot wait to hear in the live
setting, the use of minor chords giving the meandering song an almost
atmospheric overtone. Now, the decision to re-record the class “Set
Your Body Ablaze” was a ballsy move however I think you’ll agree
that the guys have done a fantastic job at recreating the song’s original
vibe, albeit with a higher production value. Seeing the album out are
“Be Winged” and “Cold Lord Quietus”, both songs being welcome
additions to the Shai Hulud arsenal.
If you’re a long time Hulud
fan then I have no doubt you’ll love this record. If you’re new
to the party and didn’t quite catch on the first time around then
I strongly suggest you give the band a chance. It’s not often a group
like this comes along, so let’s enjoy it while we can!
- The Creation Ruin
- Misanthropy Pure
- We Who Finish Last
- Chorus Of the Dissimilar
- In The Mind And Marrow
- To Bear The Brunt Of