Shadows Fall - _Of One Blood_
(Century Media, 2000)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
One of the most promising metal acts out there right now, Massachusetts natives Shadows Fall are in a league of their own. Their sound, their style and their deliverance is unmatched by any band on North American soil. They are indeed lucky. The sound, a complex style of multi-layered guitars, melody, powerful guitar riffs and varied vocal styles, helps shape the diverse offerings of the band. Mix in the vocals of Brian Fair (ex-singer of hardcore outfit Overcast) and the speed of, say, At the Gates, mixed with classic '80s metal, and you can draw your own idea of what they sound like. Or can you? The proof of their talent is on their Century Media debut (a follow-up to their successful _Somber Eyes to the Sky_ release in 1997), a debut for the label that not only showcases such talented material, but a definite break in the cliche offerings that for years Century Media had been releasing. Shadows Fall may not be the best band out there, but the album is damn good and they are truly in love with the notion that metal music can be explored. Make you own judgement, but I'm sure you'll be agreeing with me soon enough. Note: the band is touring with Dismember, Kataklysm and Krisiun throughout North America in June.

(article published 25/5/2000)

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