Devolve (EP)

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EP by Shihad
Released 1990 (Vinyl) 1991 (CD)
Recorded May 1990
Genre Thrash metal
Length 22:04
Label Pagan Records
Producer Malcolm Welsford & Shihad

The Devolve EP is the 1990 debut release by New Zealand rock band Shihad. The EP was originally released in 1990 on a limited run of 1000 vinyl records, and later rereleased as a limited run of CDs.

Devolve received critical acclaim and while only being the band's first release, they were already one of the most talked about bands in New Zealand, at point of release they had already opened for such famous metal acts as Faith No More and Anthrax.

Shihad's lineup at the time included young Hamish Laing, who only ever appears on this recording (later to be replaced with Karl Kippenberger), as well as Shihad - then Shihäd - main stayers Jon Toogood, Phil Knight and Tom Larkin.

The track "The Wizard" is a cover of the Black Sabbath song "The Wizard" that was on the self-titled Black Sabbath album.

The Track "Down Dance" was also released as a b-side on The Angels' first single from their Beyond Salvation album, "Dogs Are Talking". Also included on this single was Auckland band Nine Livez, with both bands playing support for The Angels on their subsequent NZ tour in 1990.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It"
  2. "Down Dance"
  3. "Subject Matters"
  4. "The Wizard"