MetalBite Review by Bryan on 9/18/2004
has re-written the book on American metal, penning chapters on riffage, solos, drumwork and singing. The War Within
is, simply put, one of the best damn records to come out in years.
The War Within
fuses metal together with hardcore undertones, the bands distinctive sound, like riding a rollercoaster upside down at breakneck speed without wearing any safety equipment. Not just a blatant scream-fest either, Brian Fair’s voice helps carry this album further; rough enough to complement the music, and not overbearing to distract the listener. Shadows Fall has no reservations about incorporating solos into the fray, proving it’s still cool to have flying fretboard fingers in the 21st century.
Some bands, no matter how powerful their live performance, fall short on their records. Instead of capturing their live essence and energy, they produce only a satisfactory level of artifical “studio” sound that generally results in their CD’s getting more use as a coaster for your beer than anything else. The War Within
does not succumb to any such notion, romping and stomping through ten tracks that are more infectious than stepping on a rusty nail. It should be no surprise that Shadows Fall have also once again utilized Zeuss (Hatebreed
, Blood Has Been Shed
, Sworn Enemy
) as their producer.
It’s pointless to single out any particular track and sing it praise, pressing any track number on your stereo is hitting a bulls-eye.
Shadows Fall are song architects, each member of the band understands the art of conveying emotion through music. They are not afraid to focus on a soft melody or groove while tying it together with six-string crunch.
The War Within
is The Art of Balance
, Of One Blood
and more. Just as Master of Puppets
is to Metallica
, Peace Sells…
is to Megadeth
and The Number of the Beast
is to Iron Maiden
, this record will forever become synonymous with the name Shadows Fall.