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Album: Shai Hulud – Reach Beyond the Sun

February 26th, 2013

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Shai Hulud
Reach Beyond The Sun
Metal Blade
19 February 2013

by Tomas Doyle

There is much to be said for judging art independently of reputation, the blind tasting that lets you make your decisions based on what is there, not what your expectation teaches you to pre-empt. It is both a curse and a blessing for a long-lived band with a powerful legacy that people will rarely asses their latest offering on it’s own merit, it will invariably be seen as part of and subsumed into an epoch, compared as ‘not as good as xxx’ or ‘better than the last album xxx’. More or less every review you will read of Shai Hulud’s new albumwill make mention of their truly brilliant back catalogue, their position as one of the defining melodic metallic hardcore bands of the last fifteen years, and even the fact that one of New Found Glory is backing doing vocals for them.

So let’s not do any of that – let’s listen to Shai Hulud like they are fresh faced kids out promoting their first record; it’ll be more fun that way.

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Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert are not getting married

March 4th, 2009

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Hayley Williams from Paramore said so on the band’s LiveJournal:

“I had no idea I was engaged! I’m so happy for myself! In case you guys have seen the post floating around the interweb, I just wanted to state for the record that Chad and I are not engaged. I feel so ridiculous posting about this… but hopefully I’m posting enough in advance that most of you haven’t even heard all this, yet… so, now you’ve heard it here… the rumors are not true.”

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