Shadows Fall - Of One Blood review
|Album:||Of One Blood|
01. Pain Glass Vision
02. Crushing Belial
03. Of One Blood
04. The First Noble Truth
06. Root Bound Apollo
07. Revel In My Loss
09. To Ashes
Chapter two to the epic story that is Shadows Fall. This album is their first release on legendary record label Century Media, but the lineup for this album has been changed slightly: enter Brian Fair. After his previous hardcore band "Overcast" had broken up, he was invited to join Shadows Fall and replace previous vocalist, Phil Labonte, who would go on to form All That Remains. Brian, being a much more unique and diverse vocalist, proved to be a welcome addition to the band, and Matt Bachand was reported to have said "we've finally got our sound." This is Of One Blood.
In comparison to the previous album, this one is a slight improvement. While remaining in the melo-death domain, this album contains more elements of originality as well as diversity. I will begin by saying that Brian Fair is very much a key change in their sound, and thus their playing style. Upon his entry to the band it seems almost instantly a hardcore influence comes into play. Though the previous album had some hardcore influences (because all the members of SF are hardcore fans, truly) Brian, having come from a hardcore band, really upped the anty. These distinctions are made clear on songs like "The First Noble Truth" and "Of One Blood." John and Matt play considerably more melodically on this album as well, and while it can still be said to be a "melo-death" album, this is the first sign of their pulling away from that. Dave Germain once again spreads his sick drum work all over this album. Once more to refer to the song "First Noble Truth," it kicks off with a sick fill and doesn't slack all the way through. The bass work is pretty average stuff honestly, nothing too notable.
Another thing about this album that is kind of fun, is that they took a few of their songs from their original release and re-did them on this album. One song of these in particular I would like to discuss is the Shadows Fall Classic "To Ashes." In this reviewers opinion, Brian Fair does a better job than the original vocalist. With better production, better and tighter playing, and a better vocalist, this version of the track became what was more known amongst SF fans, and also made it more cult than it ever was before.
This album is great, any Shadows Fall fan, as well as just Melo-death or thrash fans in general, should get this album if they don't already have it. Get ready to throw this in your CD player and rattle your goddamn head.
Album Highlights: Crushing Belial, To ashes, Root Bound Apollo, The First Noble Truth.
|In spite of being among the most hailed bands of the recent new wave of American Metal and considered as one of its pioneers, Shadows Fall didn't exactly stand out that much when they first started. In fact, "Somber Eyes To The Sky" was pretty generic in its range, hardly ever leaving the Melodic Death Metal roots it's centered on. "Of One Blood," the follow up, reveals, however, an interesting growth of influences; it seems to have been, in many ways, the laboratory Shadows Fall used to compress all their ideas before they went on to make a more balanced and effective album.
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