Shai Hulud Hate Everyone

Shai Hulud Hate Everyone
Shai Hulud guitarist (and mainstay) Matt Fox admits the title of his band’s fourth effort is personal. Dubbed Misanthropy Pure, their Metal Blade debut is more a peek into his own personality quirks than a means of describing the band’s confrontational blend of metal-influenced hardcore.

"I don’t get along with people,” shrugs the Poughkeepsie, New York transplant. "Being around me can be difficult. God forbid you’re chewing too loud. I don’t think I’d like to be around me. That sucks because I’m constantly disappointed in people when even I don’t live up to my standards.”

Perusing Shai Hulud’s roster, Fox’s comments aren’t as tongue-in-cheek as you might think. Giving new meaning to the adage "revolving door,” the band’s current line-up of Fox, vocalist Matt Ian Mazzali, bassist Matthew Fletcher, drummer Andrew Gormley and guitarist Greg Thomas is a complete overhaul from their last effort, 2003’s That Within Blood Ill-Tempered. Fox’s "high standards” were vital to realising the career-best Misanthropy Pure though. Work began on the 11 rousing anthems in 2006 but was hampered by line-up changes, rewriting and scrutinising every aspect of recording. Moderately progressive while still retaining the band’s sterile guitars and resounding rhythms, it once again pushes the boundaries of the metalcore genre Shai Hulud is credited with spawning.

"Recording has always been a bit of struggle,” Fox admits. "Maybe we’re not as prepared or proficient as we’d hope. At the same time, when you watch a year and a half in the life of Metallica, you think, ‘Oh my god, who the hell wants to go through that?’ On a much smaller level, this was our Black Album: going over and over, rewriting and restructuring. I’m as happy as with anything we’ve released, but there’s something to be said for writing, recording and getting the fuck out. I hope we can do that next time.”