The War Within

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All Music Guide - Wade Kergan
When The Art of Balance arrived in 2002, Shadows Fall weren't much more than a blip on the metalcore radar, but a well-received spot on the Ozzfest tour, and the fact that the album lived up to what live audiences saw made them one of the rising stars of metal, period, with no need for the "-core" tag at all. They've grown beyond the confines of the metal-loving hardcore crowd anyway, with more in common now with the classic thrash of Metallica than the metal-tinged hardcore of Coalesce. With The War Within, Shadows Fall make their first bid at creating a great metal record and come close to the mark too, even if their effort to meet expectations is ultimately ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Wade Kergan
When The Art of Balance arrived in 2002, Shadows Fall weren't much more than a blip on the metalcore radar, but a well-received spot on the Ozzfest tour, and the fact that the album lived up to what live audiences saw made them one of the rising stars of metal, period, with no need for the "-core" tag at all. They've grown beyond the confines of the metal-loving hardcore crowd anyway, with more in common now with the classic thrash of Metallica than the metal-tinged hardcore of Coalesce. With The War Within, Shadows Fall make their first bid at creating a great metal record and come close to the mark too, even if their effort to meet expectations is ultimately over-reaching. As much as the songs recall classic metal like Iron Maiden the twin guitars of "Act of Contrition" and the aforementioned Metallica perhaps a little too much on "Inspiration on Demand", their desire to cram as much as possible into each one ultimately leaves them weaker creations. These are tracks that almost work, and for some, the emo choruses will be enough to carry them through the death metal riffs, and for others, the speeding thrash tempos will sit just fine next to Pantera-patented breakdowns, but pulling back for a full view reveals these impressive parts are attached to awkward children. The funny thing is, it isn't that different from The Art of Balance, but rather than tighten up the death/thrash/hardcore Lego-core? fusion that defined that album, they've let the parts run amok. There are exceptions, though, like "The Light That Binds," which starts the album, and "The Power of I and I," both of which prove that Shadows Fall do have a great metal record in them. It just hasn't gotten out yet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Century Media
  • UPC: 727701822822
  • Catalog Number: 8228
  • Sales rank: 63,962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Light That Blinds (4:58)
  2. 2 Enlightened by the Cold (3:01)
  3. 3 Act of Contrition (3:40)
  4. 4 What Drives the Weak (4:43)
  5. 5 Stillness (4:52)
  6. 6 Inspiration on Demand (3:52)
  7. 7 The Power of I and I (3:34)
  8. 8 Ghosts of Past Failures (4:12)
  9. 9 Eternity Is Within (4:07)
  10. 10 Those Who Cannot Speak (7:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stepping Outside the Circle
  2. 2 Of One Blood
  3. 3 A Fire in Babylon
  4. 4 Guitar Lesson 1
  5. 5 Guitar Lesson 2
  6. 6 Drum Lesson
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shadows Fall Primary Artist
Paul Romanko Bass, Group Member
Brian Fair Vocals, Group Member
Jonathan Donais Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Matthew Bachand Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jason Bittner Drums, Group Member
Admiral Anger Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Nick Bowcott Instructor
Alan Douches Mastering
Tom Bejgrowicz Art Direction, Concept, Cover Art
Justin Borucki Digital Manipulation
Shadows Fall Composer, Producer, Engineer
Brian Fair Composer, Concept
Zeuss Producer, Engineer
Rob Avery Producer
Rob Gil Digital Editing
Zach Merck Video Editor, Video Producer
Jason Bittner Executive Producer
Don Naylor Logo Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GROUNDBREAKING!!!!

    this is my favorie Shadows Fall album, by far!! The songs are well played out and arranged on the CD. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have listened to this CD front to back, and even after 3 years, that says something!! The songs are a beautiful mixture of thrash and death metal. This album has enough power to pump you up with enough adrenaline to want to go out and punch someone out!! A MUST for any metal head!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The War Within

    I really enoyed the musicality of this album. The solos are awesome, just like any other Shadows Fall production. To me the songs are a little bit more "pop" than the songs on the previous two albums, but that's to be expected. Go out and get this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shadows Fall – The War Within (Collector’s Edition)

    If you are a fan of heavy metal and you have not purchased “The War Within”, DO IT NOW!!! You will not be sorry. Not only are these guys one of the best new metal bands out there right now they are also one of the most talented, and this collector’s edition (I haven’t seen a non collectors edition by the way) contains a bonus DVD with the video for “Stepping Outside The Circle”, a couple of live bootlegs, and some guitar and drum lessons. Jason Bittner’s drum lesson is especially worth checking out, the guy flat out rocks (love the double bass!!!). The guitar lessons are also worth checking out (very cool!!!). These guys have paid their dues at Ozzfest 2003 and have toured with some of the best metal bands out there right now (Candiria, Lamb of God, Chimaira, Killswitch Engage, God Forbid, etc…). They’ve also just recently been announced as one of the headliners at Ozzfest 2005!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

    This band is amazing! I heard of them from a friend of mine at school so I decided to check 'em out, ended up likin' what I heard, and bought it. Shadows Fall has amazing, metal rock music! The guitars are exactly like the speed guitars from Metallica, the drumming is loud and pounding, and the vocals are excellent (their singers growls and screams, then sings nice, and repeats it all over again). If you like Metallica, heavy metal, or just have an open-mind to music, then I highly recommend you get this CD: YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! (I sure wasn't.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Possibly one of the best metal albums ever!

    I'm not even kidding. This album might (and should) have a place in history with classic metal albums from artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Slayer and Iron Maiden. In addition, several tracks on The War Within (such as What Drives the Weak and Inspiration on Demand)are "rock radio friendly" and, if released as singles, will probably make these guys mainstream superstars. With that said, Shadows Fall manage to accomplish this by not "selling out" with this album and sticking to their metal roots, which is quite remarkable. This album is accessible to almost anyone. Whether you listen to mainstream rock radio or death metal, you will love this album.

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