American heavy metallers SHADOWS FALL have a new, seventh album out since yesterday, May 15th, 2012. ‘Fire From The Sky’ was released through Razor & Tie Recordings, it was produced and engineered by Adam Dutkiewicz at Zing Recording Studios and Wicked Good Recording Studios, and mixed by by Brian Virtue at Modernist Movement Studios. The album's artwork was created by Aaron Marsh. Listen to the entire ‘Fire From The Sky’ below, courtesy SHADOWS FALL, and don’t forget to buy the album:
“Brian Fair's vocals are right up front and you can hear every word. Thankfully, he's one of the better lyricists in metal. Here he examines spiritual, philosophical, and rhetorical questions that continually focus on the nature and meaning of life in the face of certain death - while grim, these are wide open ideas; SHADOWS FALL have never been a “devil's” metal band. Opener ‘The Unknown’ contains killer guitar arpeggios and a punishing bass throb, as well as the more proggy yet melodic bridges. … Between the shouted, growled, and sung vocals, the riffage of Jon Donais (lead guitar) and Matt Bachand (vocals, guitar) is angry and accusatory but nonetheless prompts existential questions, and while Fair may seem to simply laugh at its subject, it's far more complex than that. The sheer fury of the interplay between bassist Paul Romanko and drummer Jason Bittner (one of the best rhythm sections in modern metal) takes the cut over the rails and into the red,” [complimented the album Thom Jurek, AllMusic – read the rest of his review here]
Formed in 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts by guitarists Jonathan Donais and Matthew Bachand, SHADOWS FALL thus far released seven studio albums (‘Somber Eyes To The Sky in 1998, ‘Of One Blood’ in 2000, ‘The Art Of Balance’ in 2002, ‘The War Within’ in 2004, ‘Threads Of Life’ in 2007, ‘Retribution’ in 2009 and 2012's ‘Fire From The Sky’), two compilation albums, and two DVDs. In 2008, they received a Grammy Award nomination for the song ‘Redemption’ from the album ‘Threads Of Life’ in the category “Best Metal Performance”.
SHADOWS FALL features: Brian Fair - vocals, Matt Bachand - guitar and vocals, Jon Donais - lead guitar, Paul Romanko – bass and Jason Bittner – drums