Legendary New Zealand rockers, SHIHAD have sold more than a quarter of a million records worldwide (and counting), released nine full length albums and a greatest hits compilation and received the Herald Legacy Award at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2010.
This year, the band celebrates 20 years since the release of their debut album, CHURN with a limited edition release of the album on 180g vinyl, with all tracks remastered from the original tapes by Tony ‘Jack the Bear’ Mantz. With only 300 copies available, this special release is a must-have collector’s item for Shihad fans.
CHURN was recorded in February 1993 at York Street Studio with producer Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke and engineer Malcolm Welsford (who had worked with Shihad on their prior EP release DEVOLVE).
Known throughout New Zealand as a phenomenal live band, CHURN was produced with no intention of ever being played on commercial radio. In fact, Shihad had a creative freedom that some of the world’s biggest acts envied. In an interview in the San Francisco Examiner in 1995, Faith No More’s drummer Mike Bordin, rated CHURN as his #5 favourite album ahead of The Beatles’ LET IT BE which he rated as #6. And in an interview with Guitar Player in January 1994, Kirk Hammett of Metallica admitted to being a Shihad fan, describing them as “this great torqued-out band from New Zealand that sounds like Helmet meets early Killing Joke.”
CHURN went on to sell 10,000 copies in NZ, achieving Gold status.