Shadows Fall - _Shadows Fall_
by: Brian Meloon (4 out of 5)
Shadows Fall is a death metal band from Massachusetts. Their style is mostly melodic American death metal (with few blast beats), but filled with enough new ideas to stand out from the crowd. The band uses a combination of standard death metal and clean melodic vocals. The unique aspect of the vocals is that they often have the death and melodic vocalists sing in unison. While the melodic vocals aren't great, the combination with the death vocals works well. The music is generally good: fast moving stuff that doesn't get old. It is melodic, similar to the Gothenburg sound in places, but the band is far from being an In Flames clone. Their sound isn't reliant upon catchy 'hooks', but is more riff-based. They display a good variety of styles and enough fresh ideas to keep it interesting. The playing is tight, and the production is great. This is an impressive offering; the only fault I can find is that it's simply too short. I look forward to their debut CD, which should be out shortly.

Contact: SHADOWS FALL, P.O. Box 10312, Holyoke, MA 01041, USA

(article published 10/3/1998)

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