Shihad: Love Is The New Hate
By Shaun Chait
Shihad have revisited old ground in more ways than the obvious one on their 'comeback' album. With producer GGGarth (The General Electric) once again at the helm (albeit with the band sharing credits) they have delivered an album of juxtaposition. Nowhere is this more evident than on bold first single Alive with its contrasts of time signatures, tempos, moods and Shihad periods. Combining the brutal riffs and rhythms from their early years with slick production and a pop angle from their recent outings, 'Love Is The New Hate' is a beast. The minimalist, fragile None Of The Above makes the listener wait a few more minutes before the speakers come crashing into life with the monstrous Empty Shell. They fire blast after blast combining punk, metal and rock into a furious rage. Providing the balance is the sublime pop chorus of Shot In The Head and All The Young Fascists or the reflective Guts And The Glory. Engineered and mixed in a combination of Melbourne, Vancouver and Ngamatea, this is Shihad's comment on the world and their experiences in it over the last few years. As the band once again advise - play loud - 'cause they mean it.