Sound — 10
Heavy thrash mixed with melody. There is something for everyone, great riffs, great technique, great solo's, only annoying thing is brian fairs voice can sound a little a bit rough but at times this adds to the overall power of the record.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics hear are mixed in quailty, while songs such as thoughts without words, stepping outside the circle and the idiot box are quite clear in there meaning, The mystery of one spirit, idle hands and fire in babylon can only be understood after examinging the lyrics thourghly, but the two gems are destroyer of senses, a song about alcohol containing the lyric "I keep falling of this straight and narrow line" *genuis*, and you simnply can't fault the cover of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the machine".
Overall Impression — 10
There are two easy comparisons to make with shadows fall, the first being the most obvious killswitch engage, although they are more brutal and more techy than killswitch the sheer intensity of those choruses cannot be matched. the other would be pantera. with those mellow bits and riffs, shadows fall prove they can take on any well known great head on. Where as dimebags riffs are suberbly catchy, shadows fall's riffs are so brutal. both have there place. The most impressive songs are Thoughts without words, stepping outside the circle, destroyer of senses and welcome to the machine, although the intro to fire in babylon with its three part harmony is enough to leave you breathless, and casting shade is an instrumental that truely moves you. My personal fave is stepping outside the circle. If this album was stolen I'd rush out and buy it again. The whole thing is a superb piece of exceelent musician ship between all memebrs and shows how the band have evolvled from there aggresive days into a much mnore powerfull more melodic monster!