By Temple A. Stark, Casa Grande, Arizona. RSS FEED
If I cared enough I'd try and find out what the band's name "Shai Hulud" means. But I don't.
They have a new album, a collection of past death metal haunts titled A Comprehensive Retrospective Or How We Learned To Stop Worrying And Release Bad And Useless Recordings.
Hey, they said it first.
I found myself waiting for gaps amid the guttural garbled babel to figure out whether there was anything left worth salvaging.
On track 12, the 39 seconds — instrument tuning, conversation, room noises - that start "Bunch" and the instrumental "And" are the best moments of the disc. Need I say, they are without vocals? And "And" shows that these guys can bang and play. The 7-second, spoken-word "Plus" had its moments, as well.
It's just not my cup of already-scabbing blood.
Anyone who thinks I should enjoy the rooting, grunt sounds of (the majority of) death metal should only blame the band Candlemass, not myself. That is, early Napalm Death and especially Candlemass' lead singer, with his white-faced, afro-haired-atop-round-rubbery ugliness that has stayed with me as the image of all "death rattle" metal as I used to call it in the late 80s when I thought about it (and then only to say things like: "Shiya man, but that group is just stupid. How can anyone enjoy being grunted to? So man, have ya bought the new Dread Zepplin ? Brilliant stuff that, innit?)
For those who dig, this disc brings in a trio of live songs from the New York University stop of the 1997 Crucial Chaos tour, plus a 1995 demo: containing "Hardly," "Orwell," "Unlearned," "Sauve Qui Peut," "This Wake I Myself Have Stirred," and "Favor." The final 15 tracks seem to have no name but are listed as "Plus .. A .. Bunch .. O' .. Extra .. Stuff .. To .. Make .. You .. Wince, .. Mosh, .. And .. Profoundly .. Hate .. Mankind.
I'm sure someone at The Metal Show Podcast thinks I'm committing heresay here. But then, I'm not the one who named my band, Candlemass.
And I'm not the one who named my band Shai Hulud. (Scroll down for an audio sample.)