Prodigal punks 

Despite numerous lineup changes, strained relations with their current label and the fact that they're constantly referred to as "the hardcore band that the guy from New Found Glory used to be in," Shai Hulud nonetheless manages to stand tall in the overcrowded hardcore scene. Although there's not a new album due out until February -- and Hulud's last full-length was 1997's "Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion" -- relentless touring, occasional split CDs (with the likes of Indecision) and compilation appearances have kept the band from being forgotten through the process of getting their new album together.

Hailing from South Florida, Shai Hulud relocated to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. when they couldn't find an adequate drummer in the Sunshine State. Though the members might now be honorary Yankees (except for vocalist Geert Van Der Velde, who's from Holland ... but that's another story), their sound stays true to the metallic brutality of Florida Hardcore, blasting chunky riffs, relentlessly shifting drums and unmistakably earnest lyrics through the pasty-ass, alpha-male veneer that has come to define "hardcore." Along with similarly minded bands like Atreyu, Strongarm and the entire Trustkill movement, Shai Hulud has made it cool for the genre to be intelligent, honest and mercilessly aggressive.

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