Shadows Fall performing in 2007. From left to right: Matt Bachand, Paul Romanko, Jason Bittner, Brian Fair, and Jonathan Donais.
|Origin||Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Years active||1995–2015 (on hiatus)|
|Members|| Matt Bachand |
|Past members|| David Germain |
Shadows Fall is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. Although the band has experienced several line-up changes, for most of its recording career, Shadows Fall has been composed of Jonathan Donais (lead guitar), Matt Bachand (rhythm guitar), Paul Romanko (bass), Brian Fair (lead vocals), and Jason Bittner (drums).
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
Springfield is a city in the state of Massachusetts, United States, and the seat of Hampden County. Springfield sits on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River near its confluence with three rivers: the western Westfield River, the eastern Chicopee River, and the eastern Mill River. As of the 2010 Census, the city's population was 153,060. As of 2017, the estimated population was 154,758, making it the 4th-most populous city in New England, and the 12th-most populous in the Northeastern United States. Metropolitan Springfield, as one of two metropolitan areas in Massachusetts, had a population of 692,942 as of 2010.
Matt Bachand is an American guitarist. He has very strong death metal and thrash metal influences. He is rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist for the heavy metal band Shadows Fall.
Shadows Fall has released seven studio albums, two compilation albums, and two DVDs. The band's first album featured Philip Labonte (of All That Remains) on lead vocals; but, he was soon replaced by Fair. Shadows Fall's first two studio albums featured David Germain playing drums; however, in 2002, Bittner joined the band full-time. In February 2008, the band was a Grammy Award nominee in the category Best Metal Performance for the song "Redemption" off the album Threads of Life . In late 2011, the band entered the studio to begin recording their latest studio album. The album, Fire From the Sky , was released on May 15, 2012 and was the first to be produced by Adam Dutkiewicz since the band's first studio release.
Philip Steven Labonte is an American musician from Massachusetts, best known as the lead singer of the American metalcore band All That Remains. Labonte is the former lead vocalist for Shadows Fall, was the touring vocalist for Killswitch Engage in early 2010, and also filled in for Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan L. Moody in late 2016.
All That Remains is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1998. They have released nine studio albums, a live CD and DVD, and have sold over a million records worldwide. The group currently consists of vocalist Philip Labonte, guitarists Jason Richardson and Mike Martin, bassist Aaron Patrick, and former Diecast drummer Jason Costa, with Labonte being the last remaining original member. In spite of this, the band's line-up had remained consistent from the release of 2008's Overcome until 2015's The Order of Things, spanning four albums. This line-up changed, however, in September 2015, when long-time bassist Jeanne Sagan left the band, with Patrick taking her place.
David Germain is a drummer who has played in several bands including Shadows Fall and Jaya the Cat. He was born in the United States, but is currently living in the Netherlands.
Shadows Fall was formed in 1995 by guitarists Jonathan Donais and Matt Bachand, then good friends from the local music scene.Bachand had previously been a founding member of a death metal band and Donais a member of the metalcore band Aftershock. By 1996 the band had found a complete lineup with the addition of Damien McPherson (vocals), Mark Laliberte (bass), and David Germain (drums). Also in 1996, Adam Dutkiewicz performed live drums to fill in for Germain. By late 1996, the band recorded and released a demo titled Mourning a Dead World, of which only about 200 copies were produced. It consisted of the songs Lifeless, Suffer the Season, Fleshold, Forever Lost, A Souls Salvation, and Deadworld. McPherson decided to leave the band, and was replaced by Philip Labonte in 1997. Around the same time, bass guitarist Paul Romanko, formally of the hardcore band Pushbutton Warfare, was recruited as a permanent replacement for Laliberte, who had originally joined on a temporary basis. Now with a more solid lineup, the band released its first EP, To Ashes, with Dutkiewicz playing as a session drummer. The band's name, according to Bachand, comes from the title of a comic book published in the early 1990s.
Aftershock was a metalcore band based out of Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1992 by the Dutkiewicz brothers, and broke up in mid-1999 shortly after Adam Dutkiewicz formed Killswitch Engage. In 2001, after a 2-year hiatus, the group re-formed for a reunion tour in Japan. After the band's last effort, the release of the "Live In Japan EP" in 2004, the group officially broke up. The band also consisted of past and present members of Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall. The group is best known for its hit 2001 single from the Five Steps From Forever EP, "For Those Of You Who Kill".
Adam Jonathan Dutkiewicz is an American musician, recording engineer, songwriter, and music producer, best known as the lead guitarist and backup vocalist from Massachusetts metalcore bands Killswitch Engage, Aftershock, and Times of Grace.
Shadows Fall toured the New England area opening for artists such as Fear Factory and Cannibal Corpse.On November 30, 1997, the band released its first studio album Somber Eyes to the Sky , through Bachand's recording label, Lifeless Records.
Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. Throughout the band's career, they have released nine full-length albums and have evolved through a succession of styles, including nu metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal. Fear Factory was enormously influential on the heavy metal scene in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Cannibal Corpse is a death metal band from Buffalo, New York, now based in Tampa, Florida. Formed in December 1988, the band has released fourteen studio albums, two box sets, four video albums, and two live albums. The band has had little radio or television exposure throughout its career, although a cult following began to build after the release of the 1991 album Butchered at Birth and 1992 album Tomb of the Mutilated. As of 2015, they achieved worldwide sales of two million units for combined sales of all their albums, making them the top-selling death metal band of all time.
Somber Eyes to the Sky is the debut studio album by Shadows Fall, released in 1997 on Matt Bachand's own label Lifeless Records. This was the band's only release with lead singer Philip Labonte, who helped form All That Remains in 1998.
In 1998, Labonte was asked to leave the band due to personal and artistic differences.He had ideas for a side project while a member of the band, and went on to form All That Remains. The band looked for a replacement vocalist and eventually recruited Milford, MA native Brian Fair of the pioneering metalcore band Overcast. The band had been friends with Fair for years. After a US Summer tour with Shai Hulud, Overcast disbanded and the band asked Fair if he would like to join Shadows Fall. While on tour Shadows Fall was signed to Century Media Records. The band recorded its second studio album Of One Blood with Fair on vocals in 2000, and the release included re-recorded songs from Somber Eyes to the Sky. In 2001, David Germain decided to leave the band due to alcoholism, and was replaced by former Stigmata and Burning Human drummer Jason Bittner.
Brian Fair is an American musician from Massachusetts, best known as lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Shadows Fall. He graduated from Milford High School in 1993, and went on to study literature at Boston University.
Overcast was an American metalcore band that started in the early 1990s, but broke up in 1998 after an unsuccessful tour. In 2006 they reunited to play the 2006 installment of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, and announced that they would release a new album entitled Reborn to Kill Again with 11 re-recorded classic tracks and two unreleased tracks. In 2011, ex-Overcast band-mates: Mike D'Antonio, Pete Cortese and Brian Fair announced the formation of their new side-project; "Death Ray Vision". Overcast is often regarded as the godfather of metalcore.
Century Media Records is a heavy metal record label with offices in the United States, Germany and London. In August 2015, Century Media was acquired by Sony Music for US $17 million.
Due to repeated comparisons with Gothenburg melodic death metal bands, Shadows Fall decided to change its style to find its own sound.Inspired by more thrash, hard rock and power ballad influences, the band recorded its third studio album, titled The Art of Balance . Released on September 17, 2002, the album peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Top Independent albums chart. Shadows Fall released three music videos to promote the album; "Thoughts Without Words", "Destroyer of Senses", and "The Idiot Box". The Art of Balance featured a cover of the Pink Floyd song "Welcome to the Machine." Andy Hinds of Allmusic stated the album is "a modern heavy metal album that is both brutal and highly musical, traditional yet forward-thinking", but criticized the placement of "Welcome to the Machine", stating the song "is stylishly well-executed, but seems a tad out of place nonetheless." Shadows Fall supported The Art of Balance by touring on Ozzfest in 2003.
Melodic death metal is a subgenre of death metal that employs highly melodic guitar riffs, often borrowing from traditional heavy metal. The style originated and developed in Sweden and the United Kingdom around 1993. The Swedish death metal scene did much to popularise the style, soon centering in the "Gothenburg metal” scene.
Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.
Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.
Shadows Fall released its fourth studio album The War Within on September 21, 2004. It was the first release to enter the Billboard 200 for the band at number 20, and peaked at number one on the Top Independent albums chart.In promotion for the album, Shadows Fall released four music videos over the course of one year; "The Power of I and I", "What Drives the Weak", "Inspiration on Demand", and "Enlightened By the Cold". The song "What Drives the Weak" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance in 2006, however the award went to Slipknot for the song "Before I Forget". "The Light That Blinds" was featured in the video game Guitar Hero II . Wade Kergan of Allmusic praised the album stating the band has "grown beyond the confines of the metal-loving hardcore crowd anyway, with more in common now with the classic thrash of Metallica than the metal-tinged hardcore of Coalesce". In support of the album the band once again performed on Ozzfest, but this time as a mainstage act. As of 2008, the album has sold almost 400,000 copies in the United States.
Shadows Fall released its first DVD The Art of Touring in November 2005. The DVD included a live concert, backstage footage, and six music videos.The band released its final CD on Century Media Records, titled Fallout from the War on June 13, 2006. Released as a compilation album, it debuted at number 83 on the Billboard 200. Fallout from the War included tracks recorded for The War Within that did not make it on to the album, b-sides, re-recordings, and cover songs. David Jeffries of Allmusic claimed the album is "a great informal introduction to the ferocious and melodic witches' brew Shadows Fall always seems to nail."
Shadows Fall signed a deal with Atlantic Records to distribute the band's albums in the United States, and a deal with Roadrunner Records for international distribution.The band released its fifth studio album Threads of Life on April 3, 2007. "Redemption", the first single from the CD was released on February 20, 2007 through iTunes with an accompanying music video. "Redemption" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal performance; the award ceremony as held on February 10, 2008, but Slayer's "Final Six" won the award. Thom Jurek of Allmusic stated Shadows Fall has "lost none of the fire, attack or attitude" on Threads of Life. Jurek also said the album featured "killer guitar breaks, big fat chugging riffs, power-slam skin work, cattle prod bass, and cool little hooks and melodic touches on top of those bludgeoning riffs make Threads of Life a major label debut of merit, and a metal record worthy of celebrating." Keith Bergman of Blabbermouth.net stated "Threads of Life is slick as hell."
Shadows Fall toured in support of Threads of Life, including making appearances at the Jägermeister tour with Stone Sour and Lacuna Coil,the Operation Annihilation tour with Static-X, 3 Inches of Blood, and Divine Heresy, and the Black Crusade tour with Trivium, Machine Head, Dragonforce, and Arch Enemy. The band was a part of the Soundwave tour in Australia and in Asia in February 2008, along with Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, and Bleeding Through.
Shadows Fall released their sixth album, Retribution , on September 15, 2009, through the band's own label, Everblack Industries, which was created in conjunction with Warner Music Group's ILG, Ferret Music and ChannelZERO Entertainment. It is being released in the UK via Spinefarm Records. The album was produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris. Drummer Jason Bittner recently stated about the band's new material, "The songs are a little more on the darker, angry side... lots of heaviness, lots of crazy guitar, and LOTS of room for me to have some fun. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be the best performance of my career, so far, and I owe that to my guys for bringing me incredible riffs to write killer drum parts to." As of the fall of 2009 the band was appearing on the 'Shock & Raw' tour of North America with 2Cents, Otep & Five Finger Death Punch. After a South American tour, Shadows Fall will be playing on the Jägermeister Stage in the 2010 Rockstar Mayhem Festival in July and August 2010. The band is also scheduled to support Lamb of God on their Australian tour in December 2009Shadows Fall is pleased to announce their first and only New York City performance this year, taking place at Santos Party House on December 18, 2010 with direct support from Thy Will Be Done.
Shadows Fall released a live CD/DVD, Madness in Manila: Shadows Fall Live in The Philippines 2009 , on October 26.
In late 2011, Shadows Fall entered the studio to begin recording their seventh studio album. While in the studio, they held live video streams to discuss the progress of the album and answer questions from fans. This album is the first to be produced by Adam Dutkiewicz since the band's original studio release, Somber Eyes to the Sky . Fire From the Sky was released on May 15, 2012 through Razor & Tie.
On January 11, 2013, it was announced that guitarist Johnathan Donais would be joining Anthrax on their upcoming Metal Alliance Tourand on August 13, 2013 Donais was confirmed as a full Anthrax member.
On June 28, 2014, Shadows Fall performed with the bands Black Fast, Dead by Wednesday, Hallow Point, and Gray's Divide in St. Louis, Missouri.
On August 25, 2014, the band announced several final tours to take place in Europe and North America so the band could take a hiatus from future extensive touring.
In December 2014, it was announced drummer Jason Bittner would join Arizona thrash metal band Flotsam and Jetsam, and guitarist Matt Bachand would join Act of Defiance, along with the former members of Megadeth.
In August 2015, the band took part in a few reunion shows along the US East Coast, while all of its members were able to do so, before heading out with their respective other bands for late 2015/2016 touring.
Shadows Fall has been mainly described as metalcoreand thrash metal. Originally, Shadows Fall was a melodic death metal band. With the release of the band's 2002 album The Art of Balance , Shadows Fall moved away from the melodic death metal genre. Shadows Fall has been compared by Steve Huey of AllMusic to Gothernburg death metal, including Gothernburg death metal band In Flames.
|2006||"What Drives the Weak"||Best Metal Performance||Nominated|
|2008||"Redemption""||Best Metal Performance||Nominated|
Boston Music Awards
|2007||Shadows Fall||Outstanding Metal/Hardcore Band of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||Shadows Fall||Act of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||Threads of Life||Album of the Year (Major)||Nominated|
Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards
|2003||Shadows Fall||Best Underground Act||Won|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
| US || US Indie || US Hard Rock || JPN || UK |
|Somber Eyes to the Sky||—||—||—||—||—|
|Of One Blood||—||—||—||—||—|
|The Art of Balance||—||15||—||—||—|
|The War Within||20||1||—||205||—|
|Threads of Life||46||—||—||95||192|
|Fire from the Sky||38||10||4||—||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
| US || US Indie |
|Fear Will Drag You Down||—||—|
|Fallout from the War||83||5|
|Seeking the Way: The Greatest Hits||—||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|The Art of Touring|
|Madness in Manila|
|2002||"Stepping Outside the Circle"/"Thoughts Without Words"||—||The Art of Balance|
|2003||"Destroyer of Senses"||—|
|2004||"What Drives the Weak"||38||The War Within|
|2005||"Inspiration on Demand"||33|
|"Enlightened by the Cold"||—|
|2007||"Redemption"||37||Threads of Life|
|"Another Hero Lost"||40|
|2009||"Still I Rise"||—||Retribution|
|2010||"Bark at the Moon"||—|
|2012||"The Unknown"||—||Fire from the Sky|
|2002||"Thoughts Without Words"||Chris Redfield|
|"Destroyer of Senses"||Leon S. Kennedy|
|"The Idiot Box"||Albert Wesker|
|2004||"The Power of I and I"||Dale Resteghini|
|"What Drives the Weak"||Zach Merck|
|"Inspiration on Demand"|
|2005||"Enlightened by the Cold"||Zach Merck|
|"Another Hero Lost"|
|"Burning the Lives"|
|2009||"Still I Rise"||Zack Merck|
|2010||"Bark at the Moon"||David Brodsky|
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