Shadows Fall
Fallout from the War

Release date: June 12th 2006
Label: Century Media Records
Provided by:
EMI (Denmark)
New wave of American Heavy Metal

Rating: 50/100
Cover artwork rating:
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: June 25th 2006

The 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 North America 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 Europe such as Rock am Ring, Rock im Park in Germany and Download Festival in UK .

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...