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The Art of Balance
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Better than albums like Killswitch Engages "Alive or just Breathing", Chimairas "Impossibility of Reason" or Lamb Of Gods "As The Palaces Burn"? In my opinion yes, this should be remembered as the best New Wave Of American Heavy Metal album so far (though to be fair, I haven't got hold of KsEs new release "The End Of Heartache" yet, and have heard nothing but good things about it).
They are more influenced by thrash than either of these KsE or Chimaira, KsE appear to borrow influences mainly from Fear Factory as well as thrash and hardcore, Chimaira, while heavily indebted to thrash, also have a heavy hardcore influence. Shadows Fall are more listenable than Lamb Of God, who are fairly close to Death Metal.
Shadows fall play a lot more solos than any of those bands, and use the guitarists as extra singers to lend an extra dimension to Brian Fears superb vocals.
From the furious opening song Idle Hands, and the next two Thoughts Without Words, and Destroyer of Senses, the pace doesn't let up, until we reach the instrumental Casting Shade. I'm not a huge fan of calm acoustic or just low tempo instrumentals in metal albums. They seem to be used to give the listener a breather between all the raw power of the other songs, but at 2 minutes, while good, this one is too long, and could easily be half that length. However, Stepping outside the circle easily steps the pace back up, and (my favourite song on the album) The Art Of Balance, brings it back slower, but no less heavier until getting to a superb crescendo.Read more ›
one band that comes close to shadowsfall are the mighty Killswitch engage.
this Cd is a must for anyone who enjoys hard, powerful metal. for fans of killswitch engage, pantera, sepultura, machinehead etc......
buy this, i cant stop listening to it.
The lead singer Brain Fair has a pretty impressive voice, equally talented in catchy melodic singing and aggressive shouting whether or not you are a fan of his singing voice there is a variety on offer with enough hardcore shouts, metal screams and death growls that you'll find something suited to your tastes.
As always, the album boasts Excellent guitar work from Jonathan Donais and Matt Bachand who come up with some very interesting melodies and a lot of thrashy riffs that never seem to be too derivative but always manage to evoke the classic 1980s sound they are modeled after, very talented musicians indeed and that's before taking into account their frequent vocal contributions. Chunky metalcore riffs meet will speedy thrash fretwork by way of shimmering acoustic passages at a moment's notice, but it never sounds mismatched or like the band are trying to get too many disparate ideas into one song, all the material is so smooth and perfectly produced it takes a few listens to decode how complicated it really is. Therein lies the success of Shadows Fall; the music is intensely accessible and instantly listenable however there are many subtleties and nuances for you to hone in on with repeat listens, put simply the album is as complicated as you are willing to let it be.Read more ›
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Great CD. Songs are good, nice riffs and solos. Plus there is a very good cover of Welcome to the Machine (originally from Pink Floyd).Published on 10 Oct. 2011 by Nicolas
i feel very sorry for shadows fall
you see they were doing the metalcore thing before it bacame popular,and they quite clearly have been ripped off all over the place since... Read more
What a classic this has become for me - I've not really got into the newer Shadows Fall stuff, but this and 'Of One Blood' really stand out as two great albums for me. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2009 by Mr. C. J. Pockert