In the space of a few short years, Shadows Fall has risen from
humble beginnings to being one of the most talked-about and
respected metal bands on the scene.
Formed by the guitarist pair of Jonathan Donais and Matthew Bachand,
the band released a self-financed Somber Eye To The Sky that
managed to get the name out, but it was the signing to Century Media
and 2000's Of One Blood that really got the band going, and they
followed it up two years later with the even better
The Art Of Balance.
Shadows Fall's influences are many, and they are seemlessly
interwoven together to form a potent, original sound.
There's a clear Gothenburg (Swedish melodic death) element
(much more prevalent on Blood, but still noticeable
on Balance), metalcore vocals from Brian Fair as well
as the two guitarists (indeed, the vocals from the trio range from
hardcore shouts to death growls to a mid-range clean style),
a healthy traditional metal influence due to plenty of harmonized
guitar leads, all held together by tight musicianship and ample
The future appears very bright indeed for Shadows Fall.