YOU know what you’re going to get with Shihad — punchy hard rock, deep grooves, industrial riffing and Jon Toogood’s hypnotic vocals.
It’s a formula that’s worked for the Kiwi quartet for over 20 years.
After 2008’s triumphant Beautiful Machine, NZ’s most successful rockers are back with Ignite.
Certainly a less commercial effort than its predecessor, Ignite harks back to edgy earlier work on tracks like Nemesis (Dark Star) which boasts an anger similar to that present on Love Is The New Hate, the band’s abrasive post-9/11 Pacifier CD.
The Final Year Of The Universe is a moody six-minute epic — strange for an opener — while single Lead Or Follow is trademark Shihad rhythm rock.
Sleepeater jumps off the disc with authority and the title track is well-disguised mid-tempo pop.
IN SHORT: Distinctive