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There is a point midway through opening track “The Mean Spirits, Breathing” when hardcore legends Shai Hulud drop the pace to an almost crawl. It’s a brilliant moment that guarantees your attention is well and truly grabbed. While these slower moments are few and far between, the rest of Reach Beyond The Sun is littered with epic metallic hardcore.

Shai Hulud guitarist Matthew Fox has been busy touring in support of the band’s latest album, Misanthropy Pure. Recently I hung out with him in Oshawa, Ontario where I got to ask some questions about touring, metalcore and how the writing is going for the next Shai Hulud album.

After over a week of eating poutine and terrible pizza, accruing Toonies, and poorly attempting to communicate in French, our run in Canada has wrapped up. It’s been eleven days since we’ve landed, and it’s been nothing short of interesting and entertaining. Despite a total lack of Taco Bells, we’ve managed to survive and have made the most of our time in Canada. We were sad to see it go, but we’re finally able to use our own money and cell phones without risk, so the excitement is understandably palpable.

One full week into our Canadian tour, and we’ve already endured a wide spectrum of problems, setbacks, and shows good and bad. Thankfully, the tour consists of some of if not the best people you can be around to make up for those moments where you start to lose sight of the greater aspects of playing music around the world. The bands have already formed a fairly strong bond, as bands only can when they face the same problems together.

On October 24th Matt Fox and I got to talk after they played the Babylon in Ottawa, Canada. For those who don’t know Matt Fox is the guitarist and last founding member of Shai Hulud, a band who played a huge part in building the Metalcore genre in the late 90s. Their latest Metal Blade effort, Mysanthropy Pure has…

Shai Hulud haven’t reinvented the wheel with Misanthropy Pure, but that’s okay, because they invented the proverbial wheel of spacey metalcore awhile back. Ah, the days when songwriting mattered more than production value and anger wasn’t conveyed solely through open-D chugging.