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Somber Eyes to the Sky

Shadows FallAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Having released six albums over a 14 year period and climbed to the top of what was respectfully termed the New Wave of American Metal hierarchy, Massachusetts-based quintet Shadows Fall made a deliberate decision. Instead of writing between tours and then quickly recording in order to make a tight deadline, as they’ve done in the past, the band chose to stay off the road for a full year ... Read more in Amazon's Shadows Fall Store

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  • Audio CD (May 16, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lifeless Records
  • ASIN: B00004THIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing thrashcore debut from a Massachusetts band! February 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Okay, I'll be honest, being from Massachusetts originally myself, seeing that Shadows Fall was from Springfield was the first thing that caught my attention. However, I picked up their sophomore album OF ONE BLOOD a year ago and was blown away. This, their 1997 debut, is a fantastic fusion of hardcore, thrash, and death metal, forming a super sort of progressive metal reminiscent of Slayer and early Metallica.
Enter the realm of Jonathan Donais and Matthew Bachand, best new guitar duo. They can do speed metal, make really heavy crunches (without following the trend of low-tuned guitars), and can play acoustic beautifully. Jonathan, the lead guitarist, is absolutely fantastic, creating great melodies and harmonies in the solos. And they can sing pretty well, too!
Philip Labonte, their original vocalist, does a good job with his throaty death metal growl, but he can sing pretty well also. It was shortly after this album that he got replaced with Brian Fair, who is somewhat better with his vocal range.
Holding up the rhythm section are Paul Romanko on bass (very good) and David Germain on drums (as any GOOD death metal/thrash drummer can do, he does far more than just endless double-bass drum kicks, which though fun, can be monotonous--he gives just the right amounts at just the right times).
Standout songs on this album include "Nurture", "Revel in My Loss", and "Lead Me Home", the latter being a beautiful semi-acoustic instrumental ballad with tranquil synthesized sounds of nature at the intro and outro. "Eternal" and "Lifeless" are also terrific.
A bit more raw than their later efforts, and with a just-not-quite-as-good vocalist, this album is still nonetheless a terrific debut from a great, original Massachusetts metal band. And best of all, I'll be seeing them at Ozzfest this summer!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, if amateurish, debut August 9, 2005
By Servo
Format:Audio CD
Shadows Fall debuted with this album, a slice of aggressive, although diverse metalcore. Boston, MA has emerged as a sort of capital for metalcore bands in recent years, and this band played a significant part in the burgeoning scene. With that aside, I feel that Somber Eyes To The Sky stands as the band's greatest musical statement, despite an apparent number of flaws.

Due to lousy production, the songs suffer during the transitions from acoustic breaks to pummeling riff assaults, much like in the second track "Pure". I noticed that the drummer falls behind during more of the technically demanding parts, but on a debut album this can be overlooked. The layered vocals and graceful guitar harmonies deserve praise, and the band never steps into self-indulgent territories. Although the second half of the album isn't as strong as the first, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys hardcore, metalcore, or "Gothenburg" tinged metal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad Shadows Fall became generic metal November 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is excellent, but did take a little getting used to because of the sketchy production and its grind/death style. I'm a little more into grindcore now than i was back then, (Between the Buried and Me's new album "Colors" is phenomenal)so I would appreciate this more now.
Reviewers definitley have been right on about the production but they were on a little indie label in 97' and still working in malls so its understandable. Regardless, the musicianship shines thru as some of the best work they've ever done.
Something better about Shadows Fall back then was their singer, Phil Labonte of All That Remains. He is a MUCH better singer than Brian Fair, Fair couldn't hold a candle to Phil. And All That Remains is a much better band in my opinion, if you like the vocals on this, you'll definitley dig All That Remains' albums "This Darkened Heart" and "Fall of Ideals", both are amazing in different ways. The instrumental on This Darkened Heart called "Regret Not" has to be one of the best metal instrumentals I've ever heard. Peace, I'm out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Phil Labonte, YOUNG! August 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If your a fan of All That Remains, you MUST own this cd. Not that it sounds like ATR, but hearing Phil at such a young age is priceless. As for a Shadows Fall fan, its still good. Being mixed by Adam D. of Killswitch, the mix on this album is somewhat...'mushy' oddly enough. Then again, this was recorded in '97, so some leeway should be given. Evidence of death vocals is prominent on this album, for fans of "The Weak Willed" and "Six" by ATR, so the vocals should tickled your fancy. The first 5 tracks are the best on the disc, and show a wide range of musical talent and range. Overall, this record should be picked up. It holds up for fans of both bands alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first Shadows Fall.... Way better! October 10, 2006
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This was a shot in the dark for me. I was looking for some fast, new, death metal to cure my teen angst and musical need, and I listened to a sample of one of the tracks. I heard fast guitar and double bass and that was it for me (I didn't care about singers back then) I got it right away. I thought it was good, a poor recording job and really weird vocals. Then after a few weeks I got more metal and hardcore from my friends (you know, the kind with singing you can't understand and hella fast riffs? ah, the best) and I started to like that stuff more. I listened to the CD again and I was entertained for months! And I still am now that I'm experianced in metalcore and "screamo."

There are killer guitar riffs from the great Matt Bachand and Jonathan Donais duo, heavy bass that sounds so cool (you can actually hear it in this metal band!) and awesome drums that blend with the other instruments. The vocalist (I hear he's in All That Remains now) is 10 times better than that Brian Fair in the other Shadows Fall albums. This guy sounds like an effing monster! His screams and growls are straight from the gut and amplified in the throat, almost gargley, I have no idea how to describe it, just awesome and like no other singer you'll find.

All the songs are great. There's only 10 of them but the pack a punch. Revel in My Loss sounds like Unholy Confessions by Avenged Sevenfold but pure metal. Pure is a nice, pleasant song even while the singer and guitar players are screaming in your ears. Lead Me Home is a beautiful acoustic instrumental that took me forever to give it a chance. Fleshold has a melodic singing intro and chorus then just bursts into a thrashing opening riff and awesome main riff. Eternal is great... Same with Suffer the Season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ye Olde School o' Shadows
These guys are from Mass, USA, but the album has the raw production and sound of a Scandinavian band. Melodic death and thrash metal, with harsh vocals. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrash, Melody, and Music
Often, listeners of music make the mistake of purchasing only that platinum album with that one hit single. Read more
Published on June 4, 2006 by Krystal Crook
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music overpowers terrible production
No matter how big they are now, every band has (or has had) to start somewhere. This Massachusetts quintet known as Shadows Fall formed around 1995, and debuted in `97. Read more
Published on May 28, 2006 by A. Stutheit
2.0 out of 5 stars greater things to come
This cd is so bad its not funny...sure if you like bad metal all mushed together thats sounds like static than this is the album to get. Avoid Of One Blood too.... Read more
Published on August 24, 2004 by Herbert West
5.0 out of 5 stars Original debut
I love the fact that shadows fall is from my home town ma. I feel proud to live in this state knowing there's a great metal band from here, such as shadows fall. Read more
Published on January 9, 2003 by Ephesians413
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the album that started it all!
Originally released in 1998, this Shadows Fall CD features original lead singer Phil Labonte, who is now with a great death metal band called All That Remains. Read more
Published on August 16, 2000 by music fan
5.0 out of 5 stars not well known but very good
if you like heavy music, you have to get this cd. it is one of the heaviest cds i have ever heard.the songs also have very good beats to them.
Published on June 20, 2000 by keith
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