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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For anyone who thought Massachusetts' underground thrashers Shadows Fall may have sold out by signing to Atlantic, go look for the next underground big thing. This is a band well served by the move to a major. It sold over 300,000 copies of War Within on Century Media in 2004, and snagged a prime spot on the Ozfest tour. Like Mastodon and before them Slayer, Shadows Fall will benefit from better distribution, more tour support and bigger recording budgets. That said, the stakes are higher, too, and not just economically. Since 2004, when War Within was issued, the creative ante for thrash and death metal acts has been upped considerably by the sheer powerhouse excellence of ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For anyone who thought Massachusetts' underground thrashers Shadows Fall may have sold out by signing to Atlantic, go look for the next underground big thing. This is a band well served by the move to a major. It sold over 300,000 copies of War Within on Century Media in 2004, and snagged a prime spot on the Ozfest tour. Like Mastodon and before them Slayer, Shadows Fall will benefit from better distribution, more tour support and bigger recording budgets. That said, the stakes are higher, too, and not just economically. Since 2004, when War Within was issued, the creative ante for thrash and death metal acts has been upped considerably by the sheer powerhouse excellence of Killswitch Engage and Trivium, who appeared on the scene and brought innovation, chops, and new blood to the underground. Shadows Fall looks back across the divide like a warlord and responds to the gauntlet being thrown down in the heavy metal world with Threads of Life. The most noticeable thing here is how bold it is. First there are the vocals of Brian Fair: he never hesitates to sing full-throated. Sure, there's a growl here and there (check the bust-up crack and smack of "Failure of the Devout" that sounds like a worshipful nod to Slayer,) and he digs right into the meat of the guitars and bass throb fury, and hurls his pipes up over the drums in the mix. But the cat is actually a singer. Check out the harmonies and all in "Stormwinds," or the political power ballad "Another Hero Lost," which ties on the New Wave of American Metal sign and wears it proudly. In other words, yeah, this is mainstream American metal, but it's so creatively compelling and so risky one has to hand it to them. That said, they've lost none of the fire, attack or attitude, check out "Just Another Nightmare," another thrasher, with words that can be understood at a hundred paces. Killer guitar breaks, big fat chugging riffs, power-slam skin work, cattle prod bass, and cool little hooks and melodic touches on top of those bludgeoning riffs make Threads of Life a major label debut of merit, and a metal record worthy of celebrating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Roadrunner Uk
  • UPC: 016861800222
  • Catalog Number: 8002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Redemption (4:17)
  2. 2 Burning the Lives (4:04)
  3. 3 Storm Winds (4:50)
  4. 4 Failure of the Devout (5:25)
  5. 5 Venomous (3:31)
  6. 6 Another Hero Lost (4:04)
  7. 7 Final Call (6:48)
  8. 8 Dread Uprising (4:14)
  9. 9 The Great Collapse (1:36)
  10. 10 Just Another Nightmare (4:55)
  11. 11 Forevermore (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shadows Fall Primary Artist
Paul Romanko Bass
Brian Fair Vocals
Jonathan Donais Guitar, Vocals
Matthew Bachand Guitar, Vocals
Jason Bittner Drums
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
John Nicholson Drum Technician
Nick Raskulinecz Producer
Shadows Fall Composer
Nick Romei Packaging Manager
Paul Fig Engineer
Anne Declemente Project Administrator
Craig Rosen Project Administrator
Marc Meltzer Management
Andrew Zach Art Manager
John Lousteau Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!!

    to tell you the truth, I wasn't too fond of this album at first. But I saw them live for the 3rd time last night, and they played over half of this album. Listening to it on my way to work this evening, I found more out of it than I had before. This is such an incredible album, but I still have to say my favorite Shadows Fall album is The War Within.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Their Masterpiece

    I really wasnt into Shadows Fall when i first heard them. I think it was more the vocals than anything. Then i heard "light that blinds" off of their War Within album and realized they were a really good band. I think that this cd will go down as their masterpiece. Each song has amazing drums, bass lines, guitar lines and yes even vocals. Listen to and read the lyrics, Brian Fair is just an all around great vocalist. You can tell that with every song, they give their all. (They even have a power ballad dedicated to those in the war) It took a little longer for this cd to come out cause they wanted to make sure everything was perfect, and they deffinetly provided the best cd they could.

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    Posted October 27, 2008

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