Saturday 19 February 2022


The Factory
28 Alexandra Street
Hamilton Central Show in Google Maps

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The origins of the New Zealand-based speed metal band date back to 1985, when guitarist Jon Toogood and drummer Tom Larkin formed their first group in high school in the Wellington area. By mid-1988, with the addition of a bassist and guitarist, the group was ready to begin playing live. According to legend, while covering the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK during their debut performance, they blew out the club’s PA system. Shihad’s debut EP, Devolve, appeared in mid-1991 and reached the New Zealand Top 20. By 1993, 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 their LP Churn reach the Top 10, but the single I Only Said hit #3. 1999’s The General Electric, which went double platinum in New Zealand, would be the band’s last outing under the Shihad moniker for some time. Releasing music in the early 2000s under their nom de plume Pacifier, they returned to operating full-time as Shihad with the release of their 2005 politically charged album Love Is the New Hate. 2014 saw the release of FVEY, the band’s fifth #1 album in New Zealand.