SHI­HAD

FVEY Warner

Blunt - - In Review - JAYMZ CLE­MENTS

If there was a sav­ing grace to the Paci­fier de­ba­cle, it’s that Shi­had never let any­one push them around again; sub­se­quently they’ve spent the past decade sim­ply mak­ing the mu­sic they wanted to make. That it robbed them of much- needed com­mer­cial mo­men­tum still stings – but who cares when they de­liver slabs of bru­tal, pul­sat­ing metal- tinged rock like FVEY ( a play on the ‘ five eyes’ in­tel­li­gence/ sur­veil­lance set- up). The in­dus­trial rum­ble of the ti­tle track sits nicely with neck snap­pers like “The Liv­ing Dead” and “Wasted In The West”, while “The Big Lie” is as good, if not bet­ter, than any­thing in their back cat­a­logue. It’s also hard to avoid the al­bum’s theme. The dis­il­lu­sioned, quasi- con­spir­acist pol­i­tics are de­liv­ered in big lyri­cal broad- strokes, set­ting a suit­ably an­gry ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the sludgy riffs. Shi­had are as loud and as pissed off as ever.

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