This review of New Zealand Music Documentary Shihad: Beautiful Machine has kindly been written by Tom Eastman. Tom has been a Shihad fan since back in the day, and was lucky enough to catch the film at the cinema in New Zealand (Australian will fans need to wait until September 6th). You can follow Tom on Twitter, or stop by his website. Thanks Tom!
I was fifteen years old the first time I went to a Shihad gig at The River Inn in Takaka, Golden Bay. A tiny rural pub with a cramped little garden bar and stage. They were promoting their self-titled album, the one that had the mega-hit opening track “Home Again”, but it was their sleezily-riffed bombastic “Pig Bop”, and the epic “For What You Burn” (still my all-time favourite song after all this time) that have never left the back of my mind since that night sixteen years ago.
Shihad have been pretty much my favourite band for more than half my life.
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