Shadows Fall - Retribution review


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Band: Shadows Fall
Album: Retribution
Release date: September 2009

01. The Path To Imminent Ruin
02. My Demise
03. Still I Rise
04. War
05. King Of Nothing
06. The Taste Of Fear
07. Embrace Annihilation
08. Picture Perfect
09. A Public Execution
10. Dead And Gone

Of all the Metalcore bands, Shadows Fall remains one of the most respected. The American band was one of the first in the league ok but of course this is just the great quality of a majority of their releases which gave this status to the band. After a so-so previous album, the guys left Century Media and it seems that that they're finally back to something better and less commercial. I'm quite sure that Retribution will be a nice reconciliation for some fans.

Keep in mind that Shadows Fall plays Metalcore and of course you'll find some really melodic riffs and choruses on their new release. It's just a matter of taste when it comes to Metalcore and I know that some metalheads just can't stand such melodies. On the other hand if you're into melodic Metal and obviously if you're a Metalcore fan, Retribution is just a perfect way to be happy. The album is damn effective and all the songs work pretty well. From the beginning to the end, you'll find some really good riffs in addition of some really cool technical guitar solos and arpeggios. This is just perfect to headbang and I can already tell you that songs like "A Public Execution" or "King Of Nothing" will become some circle pit and wall of death anthems! Of course, you'll have to accept the fact that the vocals remains really commercial but well this is how Metalcore works anyway and objectively speaking, it's not worst than some Power Metal singers (at the opposite).

The great point of the album is that we don't really have any break and letdown from its beginning to its end. All the songs are catchy and powerful. The guitarists are really good and give some really nice guitars solos and nobody will have the right to complain about the rhythmic which are perfectly done by the bass and an impressive drummer. With its really good (American) production Retribution doesn't suffer of any kind of problem. I can even say that this album is definitely less commercial than the last one and is a lot more "angry" and violent if you see what I mean.

After all it was probably not a bad thing to change of label and come back to something a bit more traditional if I can use this word. Sure Shadows Fall still play Metalcore and this album will not convince the ones who don't like this music but if you like the band and was disappointed by Threads Of Life, I'm sure that Retribution will change your opinion! Don't miss this release if you're a fan!

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8

Written by Jeff | 11.11.2009


Guest review by
Arian Totalis
Metalcore innovators, Shadows Fall, have had a lucrative career with several changes in their sound. From melodic death metal, to a more DM influenced style of metalcore and thrash, then finally into the more commercialized sound of metalcore such as on Threads of Life. After the aforementioned release , the band split with Atlantic records and founded their very own Everblack Industries which can be seen as a redeeming point for them, a transition into an additional, yet satisfying metalcore sound.

published 18.02.2010 | Comments (8)


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12.11.2009 - 01:40
Arian Totalis
The Philosopher
I've heard the album (of course) and I do agree that it is a step up from threads of life, and so it looks hopeful for future releases. Still though, I think they could have done better. Maybe we'll just never see anything even as good as TWW ever again, but still, this is better than I expected. Personally, I would have given it a 7.5 but whatever, I'm just happy they're back.
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12.11.2009 - 09:01
I gave this album an 8.5+ coz first am a Shadows Fall fan boy and second the melodies on this album are overwhelming. Add abit of grit to this and you have a full blown thrashy(note I didn't say thrash) record.
Freeze! Step away from the hubris.
12.11.2009 - 20:51
Crème fraiche
I haven't really kept up with these guys since The War Within, but I think I'll check it out
14.11.2009 - 17:28
Crème fraiche
Just gave it a few spins and I'm liking it! I think it's on par with The War Within.
15.11.2009 - 15:19
I'll have to check it out. I haven't listened to it yet since some of the other reviews I've read said it was disappointing and didn't like it much. Most of your reviews I agree with pretty well, so I'll take your word for it and check it out, since I liked The War Within and the albums before it, but was let down by Threads of Life.
19.08.2011 - 13:51
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Bittner is a killer drummer.
The sun shines over The Fool...

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