Personnel: Matthew Bachand, Jonathan Donais (vocals, guitar); Brian Fair (vocals); Jason Bittner (drums).
Photographer: Jeremy Saffer.
Despite building a large fan base and enjoying chart success, Massachusetts metallists Shadows Fall found themselves label-less prior to sessions began for their sixth studio album, 2009's RETRIBUTION. But everything worked out in the end, with the group collaborating with Warner Bros. Records on a new label venture, Everblack Industries. Any label snafus have not affected the way the lads go about their business, as RETRIBUTION follows the same game plan as latter-day Shadows Fall releases--raging metal tempered with some melody. And it takes very little time to show that guitarist Jonathan Donais is a frontrunner in the "modern-day six-string gymnastics" department, as he gets downright Yngwie on us with his solo in "My Demise." Elsewhere, you'll find ditties that at various times, cross over into thrash metal, death metal, and hardcore metal territory, especially "War," "King of Nothing" (not to be confused with the similarly-titled Metallica tune), and "Embrace Annihilation."
Alternative Press (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[F]eaturing plenty of headbanging riffs and screaming solos, all leading into big, sing-along choruses. It's a solid modern metal record..."
Billboard (pp.28-29) - "[T]racks like 'The Taste of Fear' and 'Still I Rise' reflect a newfound economy of purpose..."