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.