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It's been a bit of a weird ride for me and Shadows Fall. Circa 2000 while everyone else was creaming themselves over endless one chord breakdowns and second hand Slayer riffs, these lads were rocking cookie monster growls and blistering guitar solos like it was still 1993, and I loved it. Even on The Art of Balance, when they blended their extreme roots with a more modern vibe, they still ripped it up with technicality and balls to the walls heavy metal spirit to match However, since then my interest in the band heavily waned. Subsequent releases just seemed to get tamer and tamer, until Retribution landed like that flabby 40 year old guy in every gym who tries to impress the young guys with how much he can still bench; just sad. So, when I heard that Fire From the Sky was a return to the Art of Balance sound, I had to pick it up eventually, although it took me 2 years to actually do it.
Calling Fire From the Sky a return to the Art of Balance style is a bit misleading. In the decade between records, Shadows Fall have progressed a lot, and this new album does not necessarily abandon the penchant for melodic choruses of recent albums. However, first, Fire From The Sky does bring back the aggression, speed and overall, um, fire that made their formative albums so great. Second, Fire also has a much more diverse and musically textured sound, just like Art of Balance.
On the whole, the is a textbook example of how to make a great comeback.
There is one big problem with this album, and let's get it out of the way first. The melodic vocals are over-produced and auto-tuned to the point of destruction. Producer Adam Dutkiewicz aught to be taken out and slapped with a wet haddock for this atrocity. This is metal, not Daft Punk!Read more ›
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