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Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall (Live In the Philippines 2009)

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This CD/DVD set's title tells the whole story. A 70-minute live set recorded at some festival or another, documenting the Gothenburg-via-Massachusetts band's sound at its tightest and most aggressive. If you're a fan, this is a great souvenir of the live Shadows Fall experience. The audience is almost entirely removed from the mix; their roars are reinstated when vocalist Brian Fair shouts "Scream for me!" or when a guitar solo begins, but otherwise, the focus is on the band. The set list encompasses almost their entire career, but there's nothing from the band's debut album, on which current vocalist Brian Fair didn't sing, of course, but "Crushing Belial" from 2000's Of One Blood does make the cut, along with multiple tracks from each album since. Shadows Fall are a powerful band whose blend of extreme metal aggression and hardcore populism makes them a major draw on festival bills and package tours. Their songs have choruses made to be chanted by roaring crowds, even if they occasionally slip into maudlin balladry (the quiet sections of "Inspiration on Demand"). In many ways, they're reminiscent of '80s Anthrax: a people's band capable of marrying thrashy metal to a pop sensibility without "selling out" or losing their sense of fun.

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SF!!!

This album is amazing! It sounds so good and flawless. One of the best metal bands out there right now. Shadows Fall!

Awesome Live CD

I am not usually a fan of any live album but Shadows Fall have changed that mind set for me. They have taken a live set and made an album with such great production value that you would swear it was recorded in the studio. It is just awesome to see a band have so much confidence that they can release a live album and know it will be a hit. This album is a sure fire hit and a 5 out of 5 stars for me!!!

I love live albums

I think I always enjoy live albums more than the actual studio recorded ones. Something about the way they play makes the listener feel like they're there, even if they're just sitting on their computer. While the crowd isn't too present in the album, there is still that type of energy that puts the album on a whole different level. Definitely recommend.

Biography

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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