Shai Hulud
Reach Beyond the Sun


5.0
classic

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
February 6th, 2013 | 1704 replies


Release Date: 02/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Misanthropy perfected.

Matt Fox is a fucking machine. It can't be stated in any other way. The man is the lifeblood of Shai Hulud. In their 18 year career, the upstate New York by way of Florida metalcore act has been through twenty seven other members but somehow Matt Fox has always been there, standing at the center, continuing on with his dark and misanthropic musical vision. Their first three records are the type of legend within the hardcore punk community. Hell, the entire up swell of “melodic hardcore” acts such as Hundredth and Counterparts as of late owes its entire existence to That Within Blood Ill-Tempered and Hearts Once Nourished with Hope and Compassion, but nothing in the current scene has even come close to what Shai Hulud accomplished over a decade ago.

Reach Beyond the Sun is 34 minutes of Shai Hulud in their best form since Geert Van Der Velde was behind the mic in 2003. Where their 2008 record Misanthropy Pure tried, and much to its detriment, a bit too hard to compete with the rising heaviness of late 2000's hardcore, Reach Beyond The Sun mends that misstep by bringing back the beautiful guitar leads and pin point precise technicality that once defined the band, only upping them in spades. Tying the entire “back to our roots” vibe together is the return of original vocalist Chad Gilbert to the fold. He sounds just as pissed and vitriolic as he did as a teenager on Profound Hatred of Man. One only has to listen to opening trio of “The Mean Spirits, Breathing”, “I, Saturnine” and the title track “Reach Beyond the Sun” to know this shit brings the business. The bouncy finger board frenetics are hypnotizing and Matt Covey's circular patterns behind the kit pound heavier than the pit at your local all ages venue. Yet it is “Man Into Demon” that truly shines out of the album's 11 tracks. Just as the album feels like the spiritual successor to 2003's That Within Blood Ill-Tempered, “Man Into Demon” is the blood brother of that album's best track “Given Flight By Demon's Wings” as it culls the same lyrical territory all while improving on the tried in true formula in new ways.

It is absolutely remarkable what Shai Hulud have done on Reach Beyond The Sun. Not only have they reaffirmed their place as hardcore royalty, they have released what could arguably be considered the best album of their career and the best album the genre has seen in years.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Scoot
February 5th 2013


17812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow okay i'm fucking excited now

ethixx
February 5th 2013


1170 Comments


oh boy oh boy

Kris.
February 5th 2013


12345 Comments


woah




adam
bro
cmon

gimme a copy
i won't tell a soul

ViralOblivion
February 5th 2013


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn I'm so glad I pre ordered this

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2013


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

honestly chad takes the album to a whole nother level

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2013


17222 Comments


he really does. it completely blew my expectations out of the water and my expectations were really fucking high.

demigod!
February 5th 2013


44715 Comments


interested in this but


metalcore..............

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Kris.
February 5th 2013


12345 Comments


lol demi dont be dumb this isn't generibreakxdownxcore

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2013


17222 Comments


look up the title track on youtube. should have you sold.

TooLateToGoBack
February 5th 2013


1774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't fucking wait.

ViralOblivion
February 5th 2013


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ya dude don't assume just cause its metalcore I hate breakdown infested bullshit

TooLateToGoBack
February 5th 2013


1774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whoops, double comment.

Kris.
February 5th 2013


12345 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCoppNWkeW4

title track



seriously this song is so dicking good

Ponton
Emeritus
February 5th 2013


5803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

oh oh

jesterhead92
February 5th 2013


68 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ugh I'm still waiting for my preorder. I've listened to the title track but I refuse to listen to
anything else until it comes.

bach
February 5th 2013


12889 Comments


A 5? Guess i have to get on this.

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ViralOblivion
February 5th 2013


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wish it would leak already

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2013


50500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so stoked

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2013


19916 Comments


great review my fellow ataris fan

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demigod!
February 5th 2013


44715 Comments


core



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