Shadows Fall

Fallout from the War

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Lead singer/shouter Brian Fair declared Fallout from the War "a companion to The War Within" -- the band's breakout full-length from 2004 -- but it could very well be a way for the Century Media label to get one more taste of the departing band's success as they move on to the Warner-associated Atlantic. Regardless, this is a exciting and pleasingly loose collection of leftovers from the last album, B-sides, and old tracks re-recorded, along with a couple covers including a surprisingly fun take on Dangerous Toys' "Teasn', Pleasn'" with the Toys' own Jason McMaster guesting and taking this normally Metallica- or Pantera-sounding outfit into early Van Halen territory. More in line with their proper albums, mammoth and tight dual-guitar thrashers with Fair roaring on top are in abundance. "Will to Rebuild," "December," and the fantastic "Deadworld" are right there with the band's best, and if it weren't for the casual flow of the album, this wouldn't seem like an odds-and-ends release at all. Actually, it's a great informal introduction to the ferocious and melodic witches' brew Shadows Fall always seems to nail.

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