On April 17, Shihad will release the 20th Anniversary reissue of KILLJOY. The album will be available on remastered Deluxe Vinyl LP, CD and digital formats and includes bonus track ‘N.I.L’.
Now that Shihad's classic second album KILLJOY is turning 20, it's fitting that it gets the re-mastered and reissue treatment to make it sound bigger and more imposing than ever.
If 1993 debut, CHURN, was the sound of Shihad’s roots, then KILLJOY was the blueprint for the band's trademark mix of melodic heaviness, pounding rhythms, and catchy songs that get people singing and chanting along.
Released in May 1995, KILLJOY reached No.4 on the album charts and went on to gain platinum status and win album of the year at the New Zealand Music Awards in 1996.
The album's four singles – ‘You Again’, ‘Bitter’, ‘Gimme Gimme’ and ‘Deb's Night Out’ - are among the band's most enduring tracks. Few songs have the chest beating intensity and unbridled power of album opener, ‘You Again’, with its punishing massacre of first up riffs through to its unhinged and fractured ending. And the simmering, dark beauty of ‘Deb's Night Out’ - the band's ode to bizarre and brutal Palmerston North band Skeptics - remains one of Shihad's finest moments.