Shadows Fall

Around since 1995 this metal band has released their 5th full-length album. They have been nominated for Grammy Awards and have a song featured on Guitar Hero (sure sign of success), but lately the band has fallen on hard times. With their last album not selling very well and plenty of lineup changes in the band, I'm sure longtime fans were quite worried.

I think fans no longer have to worry as "Retribution" is a strong album. The band has returned to its earlier heavy sound while also keeping the melodic side that they developed on the last album. Lead guitarist Jon Donais turns in some great work and vocalist Brian Fair's soaring voice will weed them out from all the other cookie-cutter metal bands.

I'm not sure about their cover of Bob Marley's "War", however, but every other track warrants a listen.

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