Shai Hulud – “Reach Beyond The Sun”

Shai Hulud – “Reach Beyond The Sun” (Metal Blade Records)

One of the original modern metalcore bands that formed in the mid 90s, Shai Hulud were as heavy as hell mixing aggro vox with emo melodic riffs, harsh rhythms and of course, heaps of gang vocal backups! “Reach Beyond The Sun” is a triumphant comeback to full form after five years and sees the return of not only OG vocalist Chad Gilbert (who went off to New Found Glory) both in a vocal and production capacity – but also prior vocalists Matt Mazalli, Damien Moyal, and Geert van der Velde guesting on backing vocals on ‘Medicine To The Dead’! If that wasn’t enough, lyrically Shai Hulud have gone deep for the throat in challenging one’s inner notions of pessimism in order to re-fire the spark to come out fighting again. I guess it’s a sign of the times that people feel trapped in the situations they’re in, or the people around them, but we should take heart from songs like ‘If A Mountain Be My Obstacle’ and ‘To Suffer Fools’, that on the face of it might seem despondent, but soon give way to a spirited outcry the likes of which only repressed human beings can produce – and Shai Hulud have commendably ignited.

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