Review: Shadows Fall – Fire From the Sky

Rated:

4/5

Back in the late ’00s, Massachusetts’ Shadows Fall seemed dangerously close to a mainstream breakthrough, releasing a Grammy-nominated album, Threads of Life, that is so catchy, they’re still trying to live it down. 2009’s Retribution was a return to their usual churning riffage and skyscraper harmonies; this, its follow-up, is more of the same, only better. Fire From the Sky is suitably heavy, grim but not ridiculous, and its best songs will remind listeners of Metallica. Its worst ones will, too, actually. Best of all is the performance by Brian Fair, who has become one of metal’s most elastic vocalists, turning a line like “Why do we die?” from a rhetorical device into some kind of weird prophecy. ALLISON STEWART

Check out the title track off Fire From the Sky below:


  • HazeFace

    Allison Stewart? formally of “MTV”??? (doesn’t matter actually) Anyways.lets see…”trying to live down” TOL? Really? I wouldn’t say that they (the band) are living it down…thats a great album and to tell you the truth SF has really kept their “style” intact thru all their recordings….my opinion and many will most likely disagree with me, and thats all good…but why do people have to find or compare prior albums to the newer albums with the ole “return to form” phrase….SF is great band that has CONSISTANTLY put out killer tracks album for album with a style that is their OWN. Remind me of Metallica???? at its best or worst? Um I have to say thats a negatory for me, I’m a a Metallica fan and its not a slight….but SF is a different animal and thankfully so.Rock on SF keep it goin all the tracks I’ve heard on this album are on point with all that you guys rep…. that is all I got…..

  • HazeFace

    Allison Stewart? formally of “MTV”??? (doesn’t matter actually) Anyways.lets see…”trying to live down” TOL? Really? I wouldn’t say that they (the band) are living it down…thats a great album and to tell you the truth SF has really kept their “style” intact thru all their recordings….my opinion and many will most likely disagree with me, and thats all good…but why do people have to find or compare prior albums to the newer albums with the ole “return to form” phrase….SF is great band that has CONSISTANTLY put out killer tracks album for album with a style that is their OWN. Remind me of Metallica???? at its best or worst? Um I have to say thats a negatory for me, I’m a a Metallica fan and its not a slight….but SF is a different animal and thankfully so.Rock on SF keep it goin all the tracks I’ve heard on this album are on point with all that you guys rep…. that is all I got…..

  • HailStormConcussions

    The samples I’ve heard bode well for the album. ‘Retribution’ was a fine reminder to fans that SF can still bring the ‘Of One Blood/Art of Balance/The War Within’ sound and dare I say even improve upon it in ways.
     
    ‘Threads of Life’ was indeed a misstep, if unavoidable given the major label expectations (not everyone can deliver the sales of Lamb of God or Slipknot) but most great bands have an “unfortunate” album or two and there were still some standout tracks on TOL that kept it from being a bust. I’ve been a fan since ‘Of One Blood’ was still hot off the assembly line and I didn’t let one “meh” album keep me from coming back for ‘Retribution’ and now ‘Fire From the Sky’.