Believe it or not, Shadows Fall have been active in the metal scene for a whopping 17 years. With countless years of touring and memorable albums under their belts, “Fire From the Sky” is Shadows Fall’s seventh studio album. I am a firm believer that a band can hit an all time high with an album that can not be topped by any other future releases. “The Art of Balance” was without a doubt the peak of Shadows Fall’s metal career. “Fire From the Sky” definitely delivered and will get heaps of praise from fans, but it unfortunately doesn’t possess the same punch as their earlier albums.
Shadows Fall can easily be filed under the category of metalcore. The band goes from catchy guitar riffs and metal vocals to mellowed out clean choruses. Brian’s vocals on “Fire From the Sky” are mostly deep and low growls. His clean vocal style definitely shines in the clean sections of the album. There are at times where the low vocals do sound forced and unnatural. Shadows Fall guitarists Matt and Jon cram plenty of fast and symphonious riffs in “Fire From the Sky”. There is a fair combination of technical and melodic guitar work that is respectable when molded together. Solos do nothing but enhance the tune and show off the creativity that Matt and Jon both have. Paul (bass) and Jason (drums) do a good job in accompanying the rest of the band. It was nothing spectacular, and in the end it merely just got the job done so to speak. The songs that I had enjoyed the most on “Fire From the Sky” are “The Unknown”, “Weight of the World”, and “Blind Faith”.
“Fire From the Sky” encompasses ten tracks that clock in just under forty two minutes in length. It is a solid production that will be enjoyed by older fans, as well as some newer ones. “Fire From the Sky” scored a 7.5/10. It seems as if shadows have been cast on the band, but haven’t fallen just yet.
“Fire From the Sky” was released on May 15, 2012 via Razor and Tie Entertainment.