first album by Shadows Fall (“Somber
Eye to the Sky”) was released back in 1998 but it was
the signing to Century Media Records and the album “Of One Blood”
(2000) that got the band going.
I’m only familiar with “The War Within”
from 2004 and this album didn’t do much for me so my expectations to this brand new
release called, “Fallout from the War”, wasn’t very high.
There must be something about this band
because the sales of “The War Within” (2004) reached more than 250,000 in
alone… and the year 2005 was more than amazing… it brought forth a Grammy
nomination, a spot on the main stage at Ozzfest, festival appearances in
such as Rock am Ring, Rock im Park in
and Download Festival in
Yes, there must be something about this band,
so I threw this new album in my CD-player and I have been listening to it over and over
again for the past 9 days or so, and I don’t seem to get it… -There must be something
about this band… but WHAT?
We get 11 tracks, more than 40 minutes of
“modern thrashy metal”, 6 brand new songs, re-recorded versions of Japanese B-sides and
early songs plus cover songs. Maybe I don’t get it, but even after
numerous listens I find this album only average. Except for a few riffs I fail to remember any
of the 11 tracks.
The music is thrashy and we get both aggressive and clean vocals and
most of the songs bear a remarkable similarity to Anthrax… but I must admit that Anthrax
isn’t exactly my cup of tea…so, somehow this music doesn’t seem to hit me…It's nothing
special in my humble opinion.
The production done by Zeuss (Staind,
Hatebreed, God Forbid) is good but sadly this album doesn’t grow.
My advice is; - Do check this album out
because there must be something about this band...