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Shadows Fall - The Art Of Balance (9/10) - USA - 2002

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Century Media
Playing time: 47:28
Band homepage: Shadows Fall

Tracklist:

  1. Idle Hands
  2. Thoughts Without Words
  3. Destroyer Of Senses
  4. Casting Shade
  5. Stepping Outside The Circle
  6. The Art Of Balance
  7. Mystery Of The Spirit
  8. The Idiot Box
  9. Prelude To Disaster
  10. A Fire Burns In Babylon
  11. Welcome To The Machine
Shadows Fall - The Art Of Balance
If you want Thrash Metal you got it! Currently whipping up a storm just about everywhere SHADOWS FALL are old school Metal pumped full of METALLICA, SLAYER and TESTAMENT rifferage combined with a technical edge that just blows most Metal bands out of the water these days. Shit, they've even got guitar solos in there!

As with the likes of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and NEVERMORE SHADOWS FALL are bucking the trend obsessed Metal market at the moment and bringing back fucking head banging in all its righteous glory. This is the bands fourth album and it's a riff driven, battle tested monster.

Now don't get me wrong there is absolutely no Nu-Metal shenanigans going on here. The Nu-Metal krew just don't have the talent to do this sort of thing. Take tracks such as "Thoughts Without Words" and "Destroyer Of Senses" and herald the return of the riff and a blistering drum attack. The acoustic interludes such as "Casting Shades" and "Prelude To Disaster" slow things down and introduce melody and maturity to the song writing that is so missing these days. And not to be outdone the title track is a Power Metal classic.

The Metal press rave about these guys. It's not hard to hear why.

Now where have I put that neck brace… (Online June 17, 2003)

Chris Doran



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