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Saturday, 12 April 2008

Shihad ! Shihad ! Jihad! Shihad !

Shihad Have a new album coming out called Beautiful Monster so they be doing the promos. Here's a bit from the skinny fella.

The story also had this summary of Shihad's discography.

Who: Shihad
Line-up: Jon Toogood (vocals/guitar), Tom Larkin (drums), Phil Knight (guitars), Karl Kippenberger (bass)
New album: Beautiful Machine, out April 21
Playing: Vodafone Homegrown, Wellington, April 26

20 years, seven albums, one name change...

Churn (1993)

Harnessing their love of Metallica and Slayer, primal post-punks Killing Joke, industrial metallers Ministry, and the sonic noise of local band Bailter Space, they came up with something strikingly unique. It's telling that a song like Screwtop is a crowd-pleaser at Shihad gigs 15 years on.

Essential tracks: Screwtop; I Only Said.

Killjoy (1995)

Shihad learned about subtleties, and Killjoy made for a much more refined beast than Churn. The "fruity" influence of the Skeptics came through and it fluctuates from beautifully heavy (You Again) to fearsome (Gimme Gimme) to abrasive (Silvercup).

Essential tracks: Deb's Night Out; Gimme Gimme.

Shihad (1996)

After two heavy albums you can forgive them for going a little poppier and, um, softer. This self-titled record includes Home Again - Shihad's answer to the Exponents' Why Does Love Do This To Me? - and proved Toogood writes catchy hooks that still rock without the trademark heaviness.

Essential tracks: Home Again; La La Land.

The General Electric (1999)

This album combined great tunes with slabs of heaviness to back them up. It was heavy in a weighty sense. From its spiralling set-the-scene intro, to the berserk My Mind's Sedate, to the perfectly paced plod of Pacifier, it sounds like a beautiful machine.

Essential tracks: Pacifier; My Mind's Sedate.

Pacifier (2002)

This is when it started going a little hairy. They say American-produced albums sound big and polished; the truth is The General Electric sounded far better than Pacifier, which was more watered-down than weighty. Still, a song like Run is classic Shihad - just listen to the version on Pacifier Live.

Essential tracks: Run; Semi-Normal.

Love Is the New Hate (2005)

Not since Killjoy had Shihad sounded so venomous than on tracks like the all-in shouting chorus of Day Will Come. It's angry - and opening song, None of the Above, about the funeral of a friend, also sets a sombre yet somehow uplifting tone.

Essential tracks: All the Young Fascists; Saddest Song in the World.

Beautiful Machine (2008)

If you thought the Fish album (Shihad) was Shihad doing catchy pop then Beautiful Machine is probably the band's most accessible album yet. Find out on April 21.

Essential tracks: Count It Up; When You Coming Home?.

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