Shai Hulud
Reach Beyond the Sun


4.5
superb

Review

by Michael Snoxall USER (47 Reviews)
February 18th, 2013 | 106 replies


Release Date: 02/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Monumental bands earn little more than monumental praise.

”Come forth from darkness, though I promise you no light.”

In which Shai Hulud lives up to the monstrous name it took up all those years ago, Reach Beyond the Sun is a culmination of all that Shai Hulud is, and has been: fast-paced, aggressive melodic hardcore that feels like it would shake the Earth to its core and reave all doubt in its wake.

”These lips are far from silenced.”

There’s no denying that this album has an inherent feel from the get go, in terms of the soundscapes presented, that this album is massive. In comparison to former albums, Reach Beyond the Sun is truly reaching for its greatest capabilities, the production just sounding larger, more spacious and like the band itself is breaking down barriers; as if you could play this album loud enough that it would tear down walls and truly flourish in boundless opportunity.

Breathing ferocity and new life into the music, original vocalist Chad Gilbert once again takes the music to another level as his vocals tear through the melodious guitar riffs, the juxtaposition of contextual intensities bounce between each other and build steam and reveal the natures of passion and emotional hardcore. The opening trilogy of the album, ‘The Mean Spirits, Breathing’, ‘I, Saturnine’ and ‘Reach Beyond the Sun’, open the record on a high note quite unlike any other: blasting out skull crushing riffs accompanied by similar song-structures used on the band’s sophomore album That Within Blood Ill-Tempered, where the songs are always progressing, shifting and hearkening back to key moments and developing the independence and substantial essence of particular riffs and choruses. As ‘I, Saturnine’ ends, the finality of the closing riff is soon forgotten as a more evolved, or developed version of that riff blasts open the floodgates to the rest of the album and the title track. This is just the beginning.

”With just one spark, I can rekindle the Sun.”

Flowing with ease and almost instantaneous memorability, each song feels like a natural progression from where the band had come from with That Within Blood Ill-Tempered. ‘A Human Failing’ seeing a darker, slow-paced, riff-driven ballad-of-sorts, contesting to be re-listened again and again as you make your way through the album. ‘Man Into Demon: And Their Faces Are Twisted With The Pain of Living’ being a soulful partner-song to the classic ‘Given Flight By Demons’ Wings’. Even the opening song ‘The Mean Spirits, Breathing’ has lyrical call-backs to Hearts Once Nourished With Hope and Compassion. And as if to fully support the claim of Reach Beyond the Sun culminating all of what Shai Hulud is, the song ‘Medicine to the Dead’ features three of the band’s former vocalists: Damien Moyal, Matt Mazzali and the ever-fierce Geert van der Velde.

”I would move a mountain, or see it crumble as I break it down.”


The album closes with the stand-out track ‘At Least a Plausible Case for Pessimism’, encompassing all of what Matt Fox’s guitar intricacies have to bring in their beauty, Gilbert’s vocals sounding as strained and as ardent as ever, the song feeling downcast and poignant in its style of melancholic progression. It’s at once immediate that the utter flair and engrossing details of this album are all over, so you reach over to replay. And listen. And absorb. After many years, have no fear, rejoice; Shai Hulud is back.

“Extend. Outreach. Reignite.”



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MichaelSnoxall
February 18th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

In before "Snox ruined Shai Hulud for me" and "lolbad review"



Shai Hulud (the band) is a giant sandworm, that's what I'm getting at here.

ViralOblivion
February 18th 2013


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dune FTW

mindleviticus
February 18th 2013


8326 Comments


Snox ruined Shai Hulud for me. lolbad review.

neg fehg

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2013


22034 Comments


In before "Snox ruined Shai Hulud for me" and "lolbad review"

Saying that in the first comment is just gonna make it worse

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Wolfhorde
February 18th 2013


13687 Comments


FUCKING CALLED IT.

Snox ruined Shai Hulud for me. [2]


Whoa, Fishy. 2? Really?

intotheshit
February 18th 2013


3639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Holy run-on sentences, Batman

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2013


20077 Comments


album rating 2 damn.

i thought the review was good, pos'd.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2013


22034 Comments


Whoa, Fishy. 2? Really?

This just did nothing for me. But then again, barely any metal has recently

ViralOblivion
February 18th 2013


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well he's a slipknot fanboy can't expect too much intellect

RosaParks
February 18th 2013


14964 Comments


fish has no penis

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2013


22034 Comments


Well he's a slipknot fanboy can't expect too much intelliect

The irony when you spell intellect wrong

intotheshit
February 18th 2013


3639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I feel like I just got raped by bad punctuation.

mindleviticus
February 18th 2013


8326 Comments


Slipknots gewd u guyz r jeellus of supereeur moosec!!!11

mindleviticus
February 18th 2013


8326 Comments


By the way, the immense hyperbolic praise this is getting is making me eerie. I don't want to be disappointed when I hear this.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2013


22034 Comments


Slipknots gewd u guyz r jeellus of supereeur moosec!!!11

I never say anything like this

DirtBagDan
February 18th 2013


582 Comments


constant mentions of it being massive or monstrous or whatever without any clear focus to the review. bad review right here. Try to keep it more focused next time instead of giving a million different synonyms for monstrous and massive and huge and rubbish like that and i might pos.

Wolfhorde
February 18th 2013


13687 Comments


"Well he's a slipknot fanboy can't expect too much intelliect "
Are you fucking serious?

"By the way, the immense hyperbolic praise this is getting is making me eerie. I don't want to be disappointed when I hear this."
Better take it with a grain of salt. It's pretty good though.

Also, Sorry Snox but neg. I told ya.

ViralOblivion
February 18th 2013


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn everyone is super fucking sensitive

mindleviticus
February 18th 2013


8326 Comments


I never say anything like this


I never said you did. Stop putting words in my mouth. I like Slipknot too.

MichaelSnoxall
February 18th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

wolf you neg'd me. I feel betrayed. Even though you told me before I posted the review that it sucked.



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