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Shihad

The origins of the New Zealand-based speed metal band Shihad date back to 1985, when guitarist Jon Toogood and drummer Tom Larkin formed their first group, Exit, while attending high school in the Wellington area. Various other aspiring musicians came and went, but by the middle of 1988, with the addition of guitarist Phil Knight and bassist Geoff Duncan and a change to the name Shihad, the group was ready to begin playing live. (According to legend, while covering the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K." during their debut performance, they blew out the club's P.A. system.) Duncan quickly exited, and after a few false starts bassist Hamish Laing was tapped as his permanent replacement; the group soon made their recorded debut with "Down Dance," the flipside to a split single with the Angels. Shihad's debut EP, Devolve, appeared in mid-1991, and to the surprise of many reached the New Zealand Top 20; Laing soon departed, and was replaced by bassist Karl Kippenberger. 1992 was a hiatus year, with Toogood and Larkin forming a side project, SML, with Head Like a Hole's Nigel Regan. When Shihad resurfaced with 1993's Churn, their sound had grown more industrial; influenced by the likes of Skinny Puppy and Einsturzende Neubauten, the group even began experimenting with samplers. The results were immediately positive -- not only did the LP reach the Top Ten, but the single "I Only Said" hit number three. The follow-up, 1995's Killjoy, was also hugely successful, and was followed in 1996 by the EP Deb's Night Out. Shihad's self-titled third LP followed in 1998. Nearly four years later, Shihad changed their name to Pacifier and headed to L.A. to make a fifth album. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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They changed their name to Pacifier (one of their hit songs) in 2001 before hitting the American market, thinking Americans might confuse Shihad with jihad. True story. They changed it back a few years later.
One of the better live acts you are likely to see especially circa 2000 with general electric .. Energy to burn... Underated always ... Appreciated by those in the know
brettzimmerm a n 1 9 8 4
As far as live acts go. Shihad are right at the top of the best act i have ever seen, I highly recommend them if you ever get the chance to see them live,
The General Electric is a must have album for any rock fan out there world wide!
Hack artists. No talent
Pandora techies....w e r e ' s the album Killjoy??
I must agree, to a degree, that the info is flawed. They were in LA, initally, before the self titled 1996 album("Shiha d " , that is). Much of the lyrical content is quite poignant to their struggles and alienation there. They did pick up the noted fan support of Iggy Pop and Faith No More during this period. More glaringly, it is important to note that the sound and bent of "churn" is influenced heavily from being produced by Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke, who had been doing a guest conductor spot
Shihad is a rockin band. Be sure to check out "The General Electric", "Churn", "Beautiful Machine", and "Pacifier (self titled)" to hear more of their awesome music.

Yeah, agreed that Shihad isn't speed metal. If anything they started out as a Metallica clone (their basement demo tapes bear this out!) but progressed and have grown into a melodic, grooving, rocking band with an unsurpassed live show.

Band is now based in Australia but NZ is still near and dear to them.
Speed metal? um ok... some of there stuff is heavy but not exactly speed metal. crap review.

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