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Shai Hulud Misanthropy Pure

01. Venomspreader 02. The Creation Ruin 03. Misanthropy Pure 04. We Who Finish Last 05. Chorus of the Dissimilar 06. In the Mind and Marrow 07. To Bear the Brunt of Many Blades 08. Four Earths 09. Set Your Body Ablaze 10. Be Winged 11. Cold Lord Quietus
2008 Metal Blade Records
Our score 8

by Nick

It is impossible not to recognize the impact that Shai Hulud has had upon the metal and hardcore scene since the band's inception in the mid-90s. Hearts Once Nourished with Hope and Compassion is without a doubt a genre classic, and the band's brand of technical melodic metalcore paved the way for countless other acts in the then developing musical style. And despite a continuously unstable line-up and a five year wait since the band's last proper studio recording, Shai Hulud is back with their Metal Blade debut, Misanthropy Pure. Misanthropy Pure excels because the band has not abandoned their trademark combination of hardcore energy, engaging song structures, and subtle injections of melody. Many will be quick to point out the top notch production job on the record, potentially using it as grounds for dismissal, despite it being an expected aspect of a release on a major independent label. But suppose one looks at other influential metalcore acts that left their mark around the turn of the century. What does their recent musical output look like The Dillinger Escape Plan's mathematic intensity is still intact, but is unfortunately weighed down by the band's lackluster experimentations in the world of electro-rock. Poison The Well has ditched their songwriting approach of The Opposite of December era in favor of a questionable form of twang-filled post-hardcore. Cave In faired quite well with their transformation into a Failure-influenced rock act, but, despite a slight songwriting throwback in Perfect Pitch Black and the inclusion of older songs into their live set, the band's gritty origins continued to lay dormant. And as for Zao; well, who knows what went wrong there. In a genre where many of the main players from a decade ago have all but moved on to different styles, leaving the reigns to second and third generation acts, it's fucking great to have Shai Hulud back in the driver's seat. And no claims of overproduction will be able to dilute the satisfaction of having an influential band return with a record that sticks to their original style. "Venomspreader" begins with a few dissonant notes before diving into a section of forceful up-tempo drumming and razor sharp riffing. The sub-two minute track changes directions effortlessly, weaving in and out of intense passages juxtaposed with brief periods of melody. "To Bear the Brunt of Many Blades" succeeds on a foundation of fast metallic riffing and reaches an emotional climax with its massive concluding breakdown. New vocalist Matt Mazzali meshes well with the band, delivering lyrics of typical Shai Hulud fare, such as his screams of "Undefined animosity is a device of the spineless, the means of a fool / Focused misanthropy is opposition to these dark hearts" in the disc's title track. The record also contains a surprise for old fans, as the band re-recorded a version of "Set Your Body Ablaze," a track originally appearing on their 2000 split with Another Victim. Misanthropy Pure is simply a well-executed Shai Hulud record given a Metal Blade style production job. The record certainly isn't a replacement for Hearts Once Nourished..., but all of the elements that allowed Shai Hulud to define a slice of the metalcore genre still remain intact. Fans willing to accept a slightly more polished sound will have no trouble embracing Misanthropy Pure. Bottom Line: Shai Hulud's reemergence into the hardcore and metal scene has been delayed for far too long. Misanthropy Pure revisits all of the energy, intensity, and melody of the band's past recordings, but does so with a cleaner and more marketable production job. And when the majority of the big names in late 90s metalcore have all moved on to different musical styles, it's much appreciated to have a band like Shai Hulud stick to what they know best. It's unlikely that a better metalcore album will be released this year.


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anonymous 5/21/2008 3:54:04 PM

first post

cydrx_ 5/21/2008 4:00:11 PM

this album is suprising., i though they fell the f*ck off

Puppies_ 5/21/2008 4:05:12 PM

Horrible band. Possibly the worst band in hardcore.

littlemac_ 5/21/2008 4:07:20 PM

get off of hearts once nourished al-f*cking ready. that was f*cking 11 years ago. what kind of retard would possibly even THINK of comparing this record with that one, regardless of the fact that it's a classic. even braindead monotonous tough guy bands would have an evolution in their style after 10 years. this album is at least a 9. completely floored me. the affirmation that it is not a "replacement" for hearts once nourished should have nothing to do with the f*cking record review. "m

Chad NFG_ 5/21/2008 4:12:33 PM


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KittensJ666_ 5/21/2008 4:23:58 PM

lol....the matt fox experience. there's more punch ins on this gay cd than the last gay cd...& they're sloppier too. however much better than i expected - still a mediocre at best release. glad i didn't pay for it. i'm tired of washed up scenesters cashing in. nick - you're a big only reviewed it well because you wish matt fox would let you suck him. <3

Gary_ 5/21/2008 4:26:55 PM

The paragraph about the evolution of hardcore bands is totally ridiculous. Man, you can't stop saying how metalcore is redundant, now you say it's good they stick to their sound and the bands evolving suck. ok. But yeah, from what I heard, this is a solid album.

bobby_ 5/21/2008 5:02:42 PM

f*cking good ass gook food.

HB_Dad_ 5/21/2008 5:06:18 PM

From what I've heard so far, it is MUCH better than the Geert-era Shai Hulud. Geert always sounded like a 12-year-old boy who was kicked in the nuts. I liked Geert's enthusiasm, but his voice was just plain weak. This new vocalist however seems to have a MUCH more suiting heavy voice more along the lines of Chad Gilbert who was Shai Hulud's best vocalist to date. The great production they now have is EXACTLY what music this technical, precise, and at times beautiful requires. Thier last full-len

anonymous 5/21/2008 5:42:25 PM

i could do without the paragraph about 90's metalcore bands progression. But i do agree shail hulud is amazing and so is this album. they are ground breakin in themselves and sound nothing like other bands so why change. Im glad this is better than within blood ill tempered.

anonymous 5/21/2008 5:47:39 PM

bands grow up and stop writing shitty metalcore sometimes...weird huh?

david_ 5/21/2008 5:53:40 PM

f*ck, this is boring.

SlayerRulez_ 5/21/2008 5:59:48 PM

This album is awesome. The production is a breath of fresh air for this band. FINALLY.

thor_ 5/21/2008 8:56:37 PM

stop giving albums that have been out for a week and forgotten about 3 weeks from now f*cking 8s, especially when they suck if the new shai hulud is a 8 then what the f*ck is the old shai hulud? an 11? wrong they're both 0s

ryan_ 5/21/2008 10:50:48 PM

i dont understand how people can hate on this band. the music these guys write is just soo talented and soo good.

Fuck_ 5/21/2008 11:04:14 PM

f*cking 8/10? Lambgoat sucks at life. Get better music.

Hatebreeders_ 5/21/2008 11:05:57 PM

In my opinion, better than any of the old stuff. Love it. 9/10 easily

IDIDIT4T3HLULZ_ 5/21/2008 11:51:00 PM

Amazing Album. Cant compare with HONWHAC

remingtoncountry_ 5/22/2008 1:30:17 AM

f*ck what people say, this is a good release.

ummmmm_ 5/22/2008 1:46:05 AM

is it just me or is this album boring as f*ck?

LEX_LUGER_ 5/22/2008 2:10:19 AM

It's just you gay

Quesadilla_ 5/22/2008 2:16:40 AM

This is 8/10, really good. That within blood ill-tempered is 10/10. Pokemon red 12/10.

ummmmm_ 5/22/2008 5:54:42 AM

thanks for the comformation lex gay

BrokenLungs_ 5/22/2008 8:37:39 AM

Album is good. I could have done withou the whole metalcore paragraph, plus I don't think you can consider Dillinger a metalcore band, regardless of the quality of their releases...

neighbordave_ 5/22/2008 8:46:08 PM


swampthang_ 5/23/2008 2:13:46 AM

Nick your best review yet. sweet disc

spinkickfacelift_ 5/23/2008 9:31:41 AM

thank God for a Shai Hulud album. or thank dune or something. but either way, got they are writing again. f*ck all the bands that "move into different styles" instead of perfecting or continuing the sound that made us want to listen in the first place.

wolfpack_ 5/23/2008 12:43:12 PM

aversionline was right they forgot to add bass to the mix! thi smaybe deserves a 6 out of 10.

wtf_ 5/23/2008 12:48:01 PM

How is no one mentioning how they butchered set your body ablaze? wow

Fuck Fuck Fuck_ 5/23/2008 1:28:15 PM

this album is actually really f*cking good and a much better effort than the last album which was god awful. I'm glad they are doing better this time around.

anonymous 5/23/2008 2:31:51 PM

the entire second paragraph is worthless. f*ck this review.

wtf... wtf_ 5/23/2008 8:21:16 PM

Not sure what shit boom box you are listening to this on but the bass is loud.

goto_ 5/24/2008 3:53:27 PM

without a doubt the best metalcore band operating today. a really great album that shows how metalinspired hardcore should be done. Matt Fox is the most underrated guitarist ever. Also: Not as good as Hearts Once Nourished.... but we all knew that already.

Reno Beano_ 5/24/2008 4:22:32 PM

As far as I can tell, its the first time I've heard Shai Hulud sound decent on a recording. After only 10 years or so of trying hahaha jesus.

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wizardsbeard_ 5/24/2008 6:52:01 PM

still my favorite vocabulary-metal band.

holyfuckingshit_ 5/26/2008 1:18:33 AM

Never understood all the hate for Shai Hulud. I like this album and most of their stuff. 8/10 is a good rating for this album. Suck it.

Mike_ 5/27/2008 1:54:43 PM

Set Your Body Ablaze was most definitely butchered. They should have just added the original recording remastered by Zeuss.

amongdan_ 5/28/2008 4:39:23 AM

new singer lacks the intensity needed to front this band. bring back geert.

rimmer_ 5/30/2008 4:29:27 PM

I hate it when bands re-record songs already widely available, in this case on the original split ep, or the remastered version. Vocally, this doesn't have the pathos of Chad or Geert -- mehh.

Dustin_ 6/1/2008 12:26:10 AM

I found this album to be quite good. I don't know why everyone is pissed off about it.

xtruth speakerx_ 6/1/2008 12:49:48 AM

The recording quality of the old Set Your Body Ablaze sounds like shit. perhaps the new singer isn't as intense, but I could see why they would want to have a clear release of a classic song. who cares? I prefer the original... but I love the clarity of the new version. There are parts I couldn't quite make out before that I can understand now.

gluck is a faggot_ 6/3/2008 8:48:28 PM

When are you f*cking morons going to stop crying about poison the well not sounding like opposite of december?

ballz_ 6/12/2008 4:12:17 PM

I just picked up this release and it's ridic. gave it A 9.

josh_ 6/16/2008 12:37:27 AM

actually none of the album is butchered. my friend J is on a few of the songs and all of them were taken in one shot and all rehearsed before hand. album is amazing. good to see them kickin again and deffinately sticking to originality rather than making the same music that everyone else has ripped them off of. im also glad to see metal blade actually putting money into one of their smaller bands for once.

biden_my_time_ 6/30/2008 6:08:24 PM

Sheer brilliance. this album is everything I've ever wanted Shai Hulud to be.