Release Date: Feb 19, 2013
Record label: Metal Blade
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hardcore Punk, Power Metal
Shai Hulud's inability to maintain a consistent line-up since their landmark debut, Hearts Once Nourished with Hope and Compassion, has been a talking point since its release in 1997. But finally, and for the first time, they're back with a returning vocalist. Chad Gilbert has resurfaced for this, their fourth album, and while best known as New Found Glory's goofy guitarist, his passionate performance on Reach Beyond the Sun is anything but campy.
Metalcore originators Shai Hulud are credited as being one of the more influential of the pioneering mid-'90s hardcore bands to incorporate crunchy riffing into their straight-edge-tinged sound. Following 2008's Misanthropy Pure, 2013's Reach Beyond the Sun marks the return of original vocalist Chad Gilbert, who had been involved for a time with New Found Glory. The demonic rage of this innovative band approaching 20 years in existence is in top form on these 11 unrelenting songs, reaching their dynamic peak with the epic "Medicine to the Dead." .