Shihad - The Meanest Hits

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Nearing a quarter of a century together and well overdue for a greatest hits compilation, Shihad have put together a two-CD collection that reinforces the claim they’re arguably the greatest rock band to come out of New Zealand. This “best of” travels from their early speed metal origins through to their industrial and post-punk influenced debut Churn (1993); from Churn’s dark successor Killjoy (1995) to their commercial peak, The General Electric (1999).

The Meanest Hits shows that though Shihad have incorporated everything from pop melodies (‘Beautiful Machine’) to more expansive sonics like the electronic bounce of ‘Wait And See’, they have remained a visceral and dynamic band who balance controlled aggression and soaring choruses like few others. The inclusion of their latest single ‘Right Outta Nowhere’ finds them in rude health with a pummelling groove and a chorus from singer Jon Toogood that ruthlessly wedges itself in your brain. It’s a promising sign that this 38-song retrospective isn’t a gravestone but an impressive signpost in their illustrious career.

9/10 stars

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gumbuoy said on the 17th Sep, 2012

Two paragraphs and a star rating...


Stugalug said on the 17th Sep, 2012

Wow, double cd, 38 tracks seems excessive. Though on the other hand, if they had left out Deb's Night Out, Interconnector, Home Again or Wait And See, I would have spat filth everywhere. Spat on the monitor. Spat on the carpet. Spat on my lunch. Spat on the dog. Lucky, is what they are.


conditionals said on the 17th Sep, 2012

nice to see 'sleepeater' on there, but honestly i do agree it's a bit much. also, i had to check to see if any of the pacifier lp songs were there... yep. should have mentioned that in the article methinks.


Braveheart81 said on the 17th Sep, 2012

Why wouldn't they have songs they released under the name Pacifier? It's the same band.

I don't think that is worth mentioning.


Piko said on the 17th Sep, 2012

Their live album Pacifier was double CD also. And it was full of quality. Just sayin.

Jose: are there any Maoris in Shihad?