New Zealand’s heavy rock sons Shihad have announced the release of their brand new album, FVEY, which is due to hit the shelves on Friday, 15th August. The record will be the band’s ninth studio album and follows their 2010 release Ignite.
FVEY (pronounced: Five Eyes) was recorded in December last year at Auckland’s legendary York Street Studio with Killing Joke frontman, Jaz Coleman at the production helm. According to drummer Tom Larkin, the record is “total brutality from start to finish.”
That sentiment that is marked by the album’s first single, Think You’re So Free. Frontman Jon Toogood says injustice is a strong lyrical theme throughout the record. “This is a personal record for me and I don’t have the answers. I’m still working things out,” he said.
“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,” he explains. “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.”
FVEY will be available on Friday, 15th August as a vinyl, standard CD and limited edition version which also includes bonus tracks.
Listen: Shihad – Think You’re So Free