have set the record straight regarding several matters, including their upcoming tour, their new song, and their new singer. For starters, the group has decided to keep the name Shai Hulud, dropping The Warmth Of Red Blood
moniker adopted following the departure of vocalist Geert Van der Velde in 2003. Meanwhile, the band has officially announced the addition of new singer Eric Dellon, also of Zombie Apocalypse
and Shallow Water Grave
. According to the group, "Dellon's pipes have had their fair share of exposure already. He sang a lot of featured backups on That Within Blood Ill-tempered."
Regarding their upcoming tour dates with The Red Chord
, Shai Hulud had this to say:
"In case there is any confusion, we did indeed confirm a string of dates with the Mass powerhouse The Red Chord for May 2006. They kindly asked us to jump on these shows to help support them on their headlining tour before they rightfully take over the world. How could we refuse? You go, boys.
We just want to make it clear that we are out supporting The Red Chord on their headlining tour. We'll be playing 8 songs- some old, some new, none borrowed, and I guess you could say some of them are blue-ish. Regardless of their age or color, 8 songs total. Hopefully we'll be playing a favorite song of yours. If not this time around, we'll catch it next time. Please note our set length before you drive cross-country just to see us. Who the hell are we, anyway? The tour package is really fantastic. Come for the entire show, you shouldn't be disappointed- not unless you are actually expecting to see Tony Danza tap dance.
Shai Hulud's live lineup for this tour is Eric Dellon on vocals, Mad Matt Fletcher on bass, Matt Fox on guitar, Ryan Burns on another guitar, and Brian Go on drums. Longtime member/renaissance man Clark W. Griswold has fallen sick, and will not be with us this time around. We wish him a speedy recovery."
Finally, addressing the new demo track posted several days ago here
, the band states the following:
"It's from a 3 song demo we recorded earlier this year with Greg Thomas at his Silver Bullet Studio (at that time in our basement). The version of Blades that's been posted is not an album demo. It's just a rough demo for us to make tweaks to, send to labels and other such nonsense. The lead vocals on all 3 tracks were provided by Schmeck Dellon, however, while recording, Geert happened to be stinking up the neighborhood so he popped in and accompanied Dellon on Blades. That's both Dellon and Geert in the beginning of the song, though Geert has scattered solo and backup screams throughout.
We like the song quite a bit. We hope you do as well. If you listen to it once while doing the dishes and talking on the phone, and decide it's "meh," do us both a favor, never listen to it, or us again.
For the more sensible, keep in mind it's a rough demo posted just so you can hear that we haven't gone polka. We realize it's a lot to take in, but we have faith in you. We know you are a lot smarter than the message boards depict you. Take a listen if you haven't yet. We're confident you'll hear something you enjoy, if, and that's a big, bold, italicized IF, you aren't dead set against doing so. Feel free to drop us a line to tell us what you think, good, bad, or ugly."