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Album Review

Despite building a large fan base and enjoying chart success, Massachusetts metallists Shadows Fall found themselves label-less prior to sessions began for their sixth studio album overall, 2009's Retribution. But everything worked out in the end, with the group collaborating with Warner Bros. Records on a new label venture, Everblack Industries. Any label snafus have not affected the way the lads go about their business, as Retribution follows the same game plan as latter-day Shadows Fall releases — raging metal tempered with some melody. And it takes very little time to show that guitarist Jonathan Donais is a frontrunner in the "modern-day six-string gymnastics" department, as he gets downright Yngwie on us with his solo in "My Demise." Elsewhere, you'll find ditties that at various times, cross over into thrash metal, death metal, and hardcore metal territory, especially "War," "King of Nothing" (not to be confused with the similarly-titled Metallica tune), and "Embrace Annihilation." Shadows Fall have made quite the roaring return with Retribution. [A Silver Core Version was also released.]

Customer Reviews

Awesome Album

Shadows Fall's passion for music really shows in this album. Jonathan's solos in My Demise is sick, awesome and very creative. Matt's guitar work and background vocals blends all of it together. I love the heart and attitude throughout this whole album. Great album and a must buy for your music collection.

Just Awesome!

If you're into metal, and like Killswitch Engage, Slayer and others, you will love this band, and especially this album. I think this album blows away the new releases by both KSE and Slayer. The vocals, drums and guitar are just relentless. The guitar solo's on "Dead and Gone" and "A Public Execution" are tight, as is the production of this album. I also liked the occasional melodies used in some of the songs (never over-used to compromise the hard/metal sound). This could be their best album with every song being solid. My least favorite is probably "Bark at the Moon", as I think their original stuff is so much better than a remake. Buy the whole album, as all the songs rock. It definitely felt like they had a lot to prove with the new record label-And they did. I loved it- hard and heavy with great drums and guitar riffs.. Just Awesome.


The new album from Shadows Fall really kicks some arse. If you consider yourself a metal head, you should buy this (the bonus track version) now. I think the best tracks are My Demise, Still I Rise, and of course the cover of Ozzy's Bark at the Moon. 5 Stars!!!

0 stars for iTunes for making the video for Still I Rise an album only track. I bought the hard copy the day it came out and I'll be d*mned if I'm going to pay 11.99 for 1 video. Way to try to rip us off again iTunes.


Formed: 1996 in Massachusetts

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although their music sometimes bears strong similarities to the technical, progressive brand of death metal centered around Gothenburg, Sweden and epitomized by bands like In Flames, Shadows Fall actually hail from Massachusetts. Guitarists Jonathan Donais and Matthew Bachand formed the band in 1996, and by the summer of the following year, the lineup had solidified with vocalist Phil Lebonte, bassist Paul Romanko, and drummer David Germain. Building their songs around the stop-start tempo and riff...
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