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Shihad have announced the release of their brand new album, FVEY (pronounced, Five Eyes), on Friday, August 8.

The album, the ninth studio album from the band, is also available to pre-order at all digital and physical retailers now.

Recorded in December last year at Auckland’s legendary York Street Studio with Killing Joke frontman, Jaz Coleman at the production helm, FVEY sounds unlike anything Shihad have done before.

When frontman Jon Toogood, drummer Tom Larkin Larkin, bass payer Karl Kippenberger and guitarist Phil Knight reconvened in Melbourne during the winter of 2013 for a lock down writing session it was a natural move to conjure up a brutal set of songs.

"Total brutality from start to finish," says Larkin.

"Because," says Toogood, "we make really good heavy metal and heavy rock and we know how to make it sound really big."

The album’s first single, the relentless and heavy, ‘Think You're So Free’, has been serviced to New Zealand radio today and is on sale now at iTunes. All iTunes pre-orders of the album will automatically include an instant download of the single.

According to Toogood, injustice is a strong lyrical motif throughout the record.

“I just wanted to talk about the widening gap between the rich and the poor, and the ugly conclusion of free market capitalism when it goes crazy without any constraints and how it's a soulless and selfish, disgusting void. My intention for the record was to illuminate that for myself and just to say what was in my head rather than grumbling about it on Facebook."

Not that he wants to be a poster boy for the underdog and standing up for injustice. "This is a personal record for me and I don't have the answers. I'm still working things out."

FVEY will be released in a number of different formats – an 11-track standard album (available on CD and digitally); a limited CD only edition featuring the standard album and four bonus tracks; an iTunes exclusive version featuring the standard album, a bonus track and the ‘Think You’re So Free’ music video; and a 180g double LP vinyl with 11 tracks.

All formats of FVEY are now available to pre-order at all digital and physical retailers. 

Get your copy from iTunesJB Hi-Fi, or Mighty Ape.

FVEY – TRACK LISTING (STANDARD)

1. Think You're So Free

2. FVEY

3. The Big Lie

4. Grey Area

5. The Living Dead

6. Song for no one

7. The Great Divide

8. Model Citizen

9. Wasted in the west

10. Loves Long Shadow

11. Cheap As

FVEY – TRACK LISTING (LIMITED EDITION CD)

1. Think You're So Free

2. FVEY

3. The Big Lie

4. Grey Area

5. The Living Dead

6. Song for no one

7. The Great Divide

8. Model Citizen

9. Wasted in the west

10. Loves Long Shadow

11. Cheap As

Bonus Tracks…..

12. The Reason Why

13. Dark Secret

14. All Right Here

15. Funeral Dance

FVEY – TRACK LISTING (ITUNES ONLY)

1. Think You're So Free (instant download)

2. FVEY

3. The Big Lie

4. Grey Area

5. The Living Dead

6. Song for no one

7. The Great Divide

8. Model Citizen

9. Wasted in the west

10. Loves Long Shadow

11. Cheap As

12. The Reason Why (Bonus Track)

13. Think you’re so Free (Video)

FVEY – TRACK LISTING (VINYL)

A

1. Think you’re So Free

2. FVEY

3. The Big Lie

B

1. Grey Area

2. The Living Dead

3. Song for no one

C

1. The Great Divide

2. Model Citizen

3. Wasted in the west

D

1. Loves Long Shadow

2. Cheap As

With a catalogue of singles and hits that easily fill a double CD it's no surprise then that as Shihad announce a tour to celebrate the meanest, they include the notation that there'll be no support; instead laying out a 100+ minute set to give enough time to cover the bulk of hits and favourites from their entire catalogue.

The tour set is drafted to present the two dominant personalities of the Shihad live experience.

The first half set sees Shihad working at close quarters front of stage in homage to the close proximity, in-your-face intensity, of the rock bars and clubs where their music was informed. This part of the story recreates the unrefined fervor of the countless early career shit-hole gigs that gave potency to the bands live performance, while presenting the raw classics from their debut EP Devolve and their first three albums Churn, Killjoy and the self-titled Shihad.

The band’s work ethic and commitment was cast in this gritty reality of hauling gear up and down stairs, in and of venues on a merry go round of one night stands from Tutukaka to Thames, and from Poland to a small town in Texas.

Reflecting the band in transition, a second stanza embraces the big stage era where Shihad grew wings and a swagger and ramped up production. Incendiary live performances followed and nothing short of a legend status bestowed as they strode the many arena stages at home and abroad - the Big Day Out, Rhythm & Vines, Rippon, Rock am Ring, Roskilde etc. Albums from The General Electric, through to Ignite comprise this era and the many live favorites and radio hits within are given a thorough belting by Shihad while fittingly accompanied by aforementioned ramped up production.

SHIHAD - THE MEANEST. A not to be missed, one time only opportunity to see and hear Shihad carve their own way through one of New Zealand’s great Rock n Roll catalogues.

Shihad -Think You're So Free (Official Audio)

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