Published Sep 14, 2012Back before Chad Gilbert launched into pop-punk stardom with New Found Glory, the guy screamed his lungs out for Floridian melodic metalcore unit Shai Hulud. The band have gone through a number of lineup changes since their 1997 debut EP A Profound Hatred of Man, but Gilbert has returned to the fold to not only produce a new LP, but sing on it as well.
A message from guitarist Matt Fox on the group's website confirms that Gilbert's pipes will be heard on the as-yet-untitled album, which will drop via Metal Blade Records sometime in 2013. Some fans may be a little disheartened to learn, however, that this is not a permanent placement.
"Just to be clear, Chad has not rejoined Shai Hulud, and it's highly unlikely there will ever be a full tour with him fronting the band," Fox wrote, though adding that Gilbert will get onstage with the group for a couple U.S. shows mid-October. "The fact that Chad sang on the new album does in fact reveal we do not currently have a fixed, permanent singer. Another shocker. Over the past few years we've been fortunate enough to have friends who have loaned us their voices for tours and recordings. We're grateful to everyone who dedicated any amount of their time and effort to help keep Shai Hulud moving forward."
Since starting up in the mid-'90s and amongst other countless internal shake-ups, the band have had six vocalists since forming in 1995. Gilbert took over for original singer Damien Moyal after they issued a demo tape. Gilbert departed in 1997 around the time of their first full-length Hearts Once Nourished with Hope and Compassion's release to form New Found Glory. The band's last full-time screamer was Mike Moynihan, who performed on 2008's Misanthropy Pure.
Interestingly, this will be the first time a vocalist has laid down vocals on two separate Shai Hulud LPs. The band have promised more details on the impending Gilbert-assisted record will be unveiled sometime "within the next couple of days."