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Art of Balance Extra tracks, Import

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Japanese edition of the U.S. death metal act's 2002 album includes one bonus track, 'This Is My Own'. Toy's Factory.

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 One Spirit
8. The Idiot Box
9. Prelude To Disaster
10. A Fire In Babylon
11. Welcome To The Machine
12. This Is My Own (Bonus Track For Japan)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 2, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Toys Factory
  • ASIN: B00006RTLF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Matt on June 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Being a big fan of emo/screamo/indie bands, I was really disappointed with this album. Why, you ask? Well, for starters, they actually had SOLOS on this CD. Can you believe it? Also, they DIDN'T have somebody singing with a whiny voice! I would have liked it a lot more if it had more screaming on it! This whole CD is full of fake metal! This......

Sorry, I had to stop there(I couldn't stop myself from laughing). Truthfully, I wrote that first part to make fun of all the individuals who try to downplay this CD. I'd like to "clear the air" about this so-called, "poser-metal" group. I'll almost certainly make enemies with what I am going to say, but I also know that there are some who will agree whole-heartedly with my sentiments about this album. You've been warned!

After listening to this album a great many of times, I can tell you that this release is nothing short of magnificent. Sure, it's not as heavy musically as bands such as Arch Enemy, In Flames, or Soilwork(three of my favorite bands by the way), but it has its own unique metal flavor. I'm not much into labeling what a band's style of metal is(be it thrash, metalcore, goth, etc.), but I do know this: this album is METAL all the way.

The vocals of Brian Fair are easy to digest on this album, and while he is not too harsh, neither is he too soft. Regardless of how he sings on each song, the words are very easy to hear and understand. The actual lyrics themselves are full of intelligent thoughts, musings, and reflections on life itself, as well as the possible effects it can have on a person.

The musicianship on this release is also top-notch. The two guitarists, Matt and Jon, work very well with each other, with Jon handling the leads and Matt doing a good job in keeping the rhythm going.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By child_of_the_jester_race on November 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Shadows Fall is a band that was brought to my attention by my smaller brother, who saw them live at a Children Of Bodom concert in London. You see, I'm really into heavy metal, especially into the European Metal Scene with of course bands such as Arch Enemy, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Children Of Bodom, Soilwork... I can go on forever (Check my listmania out to find out about my favourite european bands). Anyways, when I found out that an American band was playing a style of metal that was previously only found in europe, I had to check them out. I now own all their releases and have fallen in love with this talented band.
Shadows Fall's style of playing is close to other american bands such as Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Hatebreed, Darkest Hour, etc. However, they distinguish themselves by putting more emphasis on melody and guitar solos. I cannot understand why american metal bands have pushed aside solos. Anyways, about the album, the band also combines clean vocals with heavy screams, which in this style of music is always a winning combination. However it is the guitar leads and harmonies that force me to put them in a category of their own in American Metal.
The Art Of Balance I believe is better than Of One Blood, even though both releases are outstanding. I will go through each song and try to tell you people what is so outstanding about them
"Idle Hands" - the opener of the album is an excellent song. The agression can already be felt by this track however it is not the heaviest song here by any means. You can hear the melodic riffs 45 seconds into the song laying the background for the chorous. Overall a brilliant track 9/10
"Thoughts Without Words" - A very agressive track, I love the scales played that stand between the verses and choruses.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Great Rocky Hill on February 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Once upon a time there was a band named Metallica who found inspiration in the NWOBHM and created a new genre, becoming legends in the process. Ever since they forgot what they learned and began writing for radio, fans and critics alike have hoped for Metallica's second coming. Not only have they arrived in my opinion, but they've been here for years. They are called Shadows Fall and the albums that have made a believer out of me are Of One Blood and their latest, The Art Of Balance.

"Idle Hands", the galloping mid-tempo mauler of an opener, instantly made it clear to me just how important this band can and should become. As with Metallica's early work, the magic and efficiency of the NWOBHM can be heard, but instead of filtering it through Motorhead, Shadows Fall burn it to a blackened crisp. The Art Of Balance is a Rainbow Bridge that links the metal of the early 80's to the metal of the 90's and beyond. "Mystery Of One Spirit" which plays In Flames' hand only to trump them by invoking Iron Maiden and Accept halfway through, exemplifies this band's mission.

New classics jump out from around nearly every corner. "Thoughts Without Words" absorbs the infectious, funky misery of Down towards the middle and expunges it via the cold machinery of Meshuggah. "Destroyer Of Senses" absolutely shatters with its nasty, reverberating riffage, and the stirring penultimate track "A Fire In Babylon" succeeds as a philosophical and timely epic that Rush might have thought of had they formed in Britain circa 1980.

However, The Art Of Balance is a slightly flawed gem to me. I would have preferred the songs to be entirely done with the clean vocals which recall James Hetfield.
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