Shadows Fall
Of One Blood


4.5
superb

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 34 replies | 9,170 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Shadows Fall emerged in 1998 as a thrash metal quintet after releasing Somber eyes to the Sky on Matthew Bachand's own Lifeless Records. Soon afterward, singer Phillip Labonte was replaced by former Overcast vocalist Brian Fair. Shadows Fall was then signed to Century Media Records just before releasing the album Of One Blood. Since then, the band has recieved all kinds of praise. Hit Parader rated them one of the all-time top underground bands saying that they "strike an artfull balance between beaute and brute". Nothing could be closer to the truth. Shadows Fall plays that heaviest of metal, while incorporating beautiful melodies in their music.
I won't bore you with overly-long biographical crap, so I'll get straight to the music.

Pain Glass Vision - 10/10
Not much to it. A fitting intro, made up entirely of strange noises. As far as I could tell, a strictly atmospheric track.

Crushing Belial - 7.5/10
A song that picks up heavily after a laid back intro. Shadows Fall hits you with a punch in the face straight from the start, with heavy riffs and screaming vocals. One section of the song quickly switches to acoustic, which gives us a quick glimpse of the melodic side of the band. Solos on this track fit perfectly with the sound and mood. Heavy, but not the heaviest (but still a great song overall).

Of One Blood - 9/10
Excellent guitar work here. Of One Blood opens with some excellent guitar leads and goes into Brian's heavy vocals (and one of the few times the guitarists sing). The song quickly transitions to the chorus, with amazing singing. Top it all off with a killer metal solo, and you've got yourself one hell of a thrash epic.

The First Nobel Truth - 8.5/10
One of the fastest moving songs on the album. Every few seconds, the song goes from heavy metal riffs and screaming to emphasized lead work with some nice singing. Up to this point, the album hasn't really disappointed me yet.

Fleshold - 7.5/10
Starts out great, but then goes slightly down hill. Fleshold opens with heavy guitar work, but seems to get lighter as the song progresses. Singing and screaming are fairly equally used here, and creates an overall heavy metal feel. So far, I've never felt the need to skip this track.

Root Bound Apollo - 5.5/10
This was a hard song to rate; It opens up with a sort of atmospheric feel, and seems to be nothing special, but then it lightens up by going acoustic and feels like a nice slower song. But then the heaviness kicks back in, and begins to slightly disappoint. There is little singing, which isn't a bad thing, but in the end the song just kind of blends.

Revel In My Loss - 7/10
This has hands down the heaviest vocals on the album. A nice slow pace with heavy screaming starts, but then the song occasionally faster. The singing parts were just sort of strange, and as I listen to it more, I listen mostly only to the first two minutes.

Montauk - 5/10
Sounds a lot like the band tried to combine several songs on the album into one track. Iy didn't work. It sounds a little choppy, but picks up later on in the song. I generally skip this whenver I listen to the CD.

To Ashes - 6.5/10
Starts out with heavy drums and goes into the heavy vocals and instrumentals. Nothing really stand-outish about this song, until we get to the solo. Starts out clean, and then becomes a metal solo that really sticks in your mind. Unfortunately, that's mostly all you can look forward to in this song.

Serenity - 7.5/10
Heavy, melodic, and strangely satisfying...there's just something about the song. The singing parts are backed with nice instrumentals and topped with another memorable Shadows Fall solo. A definite great way to end an album such as this.

And I'm spent. This album was a definite showcase of Shadows Fall's unmatched ability to combine thrash metal heaviness with amazing melodies, as well as their abilities as musicians. Although this is a great album, I actually prefer The Art of Balance. But you're a fan of Shadows Fall or thrash metal, feel free to look into either (or both) of these albums.

Recommended songs:
Of One blood
The First Nobel Truth
Fleshold
Crushing Belial

Rating - 4.5/5
Enjoy!



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Bartender
Emeritus
July 20th 2004



826 Comments


I don't actually own this album (though I do own The Art of Balance, which I was disappointed with), but I've heard (I think) six of the tracks from it. I wasn't all that impressed, except with Crushing Belial - that song is really, really good (crushes anything from The Art of Balance, and what I've heard of this album).

BuddyBigsby
July 20th 2004



531 Comments


Pretty much what Bartender said except that I like The Art of Balance.

_GanondorF_
July 21st 2004



5 Comments


umm...shadows fall are more metalcore than anything else kthx,

Distorted Vision
July 21st 2004



184 Comments


^ I don't see much '-core' anything in their music. As far as I can hear it's just metal, man. No need for over-genrising.

Basically, I don't think this album is a solid as TAoB, but it's still a decent listen anyway. I think they're a band who will get better with time. Can't wait for The War Within.

Shadows
Moderator
July 21st 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

[QUOTE=Distorted Vision]^ I don't see much '-core' anything in their music. As far as I can hear it's just metal, man. No need for over-genrising.

Basically, I don't think this album is a solid as TAoB, but it's still a decent listen anyway. I think they're a band who will get better with time. Can't wait for The War Within.[/QUOTE]

That's almost exactly how I feel. Of One Blood isn't bad, but The Art of Balance was just so much better. I can't wait for The War Within either.

BuddyBigsby
July 21st 2004



531 Comments


The only thing -core about Shadows Fall is the scene they're from and the some of the bands they're friends with.

RavenousMetalist87
July 21st 2004



11 Comments


I heard a few samples Of One Blood.

I prefer The Art of Balance more...

I'm wondering how the War Within will sound...

BuddyBigsby
July 21st 2004



531 Comments


I've heard two songs from The War Within. One is okay and the other is pretty good.

SubtleDagger
July 21st 2004



737 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]The only thing -core about Shadows Fall is the scene they're from and the some of the bands they're friends with.[/QUOTE]
/truth

I can't find any hardcore in anything they do. Maybe a hint of thrash in some stuff, but not too much. And there are a few punk throwbacks on Art Of Balance, but nothing hardcore at all.

Shadows
Moderator
July 21st 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]I've heard two songs from The War Within. One is okay and the other is pretty good.[/QUOTE]
Where exactly did you hear those from?

BuddyBigsby
July 21st 2004



531 Comments


[QUOTE=Death to Pop-Punk]Where exactly did you hear those from?[/QUOTE]

The 'okay' one leaked and was posted on the internet, but only for a few hours. The good one is the new single, "The Power of I & I" and that was posted up officially. I don't remember exactly where I got it, but you can try looking through Shadows Fall's website.

thehellspawn
July 22nd 2004



4 Comments


go to www.centurymedia.com they have liek singles for download from all their artists. I got like 6 songs off their webiste just the other day. The Power of I and I is up their they had a banner on the main page when i downloaded it.

Griffin_Page
July 22nd 2004



60 Comments


Maybe that's why I've liked these guys and despised everyone else from their genre..

I think they rock, a breath of fresh air for the world of heavy music... its pretty much been death metal for 10-15 years. Hopefully more bands will take on the SF sound and start a thrashier genre oncemore.

Shadows
Moderator
July 22nd 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The 'okay' one leaked and was posted on the internet, but only for a few hours. The good one is the new single, "The Power of I & I" and that was posted up officially. I don't remember exactly where I got it, but you can try looking through Shadows Fall's website.

I looked, but it's not posted there yet. It said to wait untill early August.

go to www.centurymedia.com they have liek singles for download from all their artists. I got like 6 songs off their webiste just the other day. The Power of I and I is up their they had a banner on the main page when i downloaded it.

Thanks. I've been waiting to hear this song for months.

Distorted Vision
July 22nd 2004



184 Comments


[QUOTE=xdeadtomorrowx]Shadows Fall is flat out American metal. Them and Lamb of God set the standard for all American metal to come. Trust me on this one, I know.[/QUOTE]

This may or may not be an appropriate thread to say this, but you sir, are a fucking elitist. I've noticed it in nearly all your posts. You are not the only person here who knows about the metalcore/grindcore/whatever scene, so shut the fuck up with the 'I know something you don't know' attitude.

Just thought I'd say it

SubtleDagger
July 22nd 2004



737 Comments


[QUOTE=Distorted Vision]This may or may not be an appropriate thread to say this, but you sir, are a fucking elitist. I've noticed it in nearly all your posts. You are not the only person here who knows about the metalcore/grindcore/whatever scene, so shut the fuck up with the 'I know something you don't know' attitude.

Just thought I'd say it [/QUOTE]
He's always like this. Check out any of the Thrice reviews, or my review of Killswitch Engage's "The End Of Heartache". Insipid. I had to friggin' teach the guy what metalcore is, and he still doesn't get it.

Distorted Vision
July 22nd 2004



184 Comments


Yeah, it was the Killswitch comments which first got to me.

BuddyBigsby
July 22nd 2004



531 Comments


Look up the threads he's started, and look at the "How do you play a breakdown?" thread. It's incredibly funny.

Now, I have many things to say on this.

1.) How incredibly stupid must you be to not be able to know how to play a breakdown?

2.) Look how he calls everyone "wastes of life" because they don't listen to metalcore and don't know what a breakdown is.

3.) He thought the very intro to "Endless" by Unearth was a breakdown. If that's not funny, I don't know what is.

Seriously, xdeadtomorrowx is possibly the most retarded, idiotic, babbling poster - no, person - I have ever encountered on the subject of hardcore and metal music.

iliketoplaydrums10111
July 22nd 2004



128 Comments


My favorite song is To Ashes on that album, somthing about it, I like it

SubtleDagger
July 22nd 2004



737 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]Look up the threads he's started, and look at the "How do you play a breakdown?" thread. It's incredibly funny.

Now, I have many things to say on this.

1.) How incredibly stupid must you be to not be able to know how to play a breakdown?

2.) Look how he calls everyone "wastes of life" because they don't listen to metalcore and don't know what a breakdown is.

3.) He thought the very intro to "Endless" by Unearth was a breakdown. If that's not funny, I don't know what is.

Seriously, xdeadtomorrowx is possibly the most retarded, idiotic, babbling poster - no, person - I have ever encountered on the subject of hardcore and metal music.[/QUOTE]
My favorite post by him was the one where he listed all the "metalcore" bands, and they were all grindcore bands save one or two.



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