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Above Average album - 85%

sam09metal, August 1st, 2010

"The songs are a little more on the darker, angry side... lots of heaviness, lots of crazy guitar, and LOTS of room for me to have some fun. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be the best performance of my career, so far, and I owe that to my guys for bringing me incredible riffs to write killer drum parts to." Jason Bittner, the drummer stated recently.

Retribution is the 7th & the newest album of the American metalcore band Shadows Fall. Now, before giving out my verdict about this album,it would be best if you give this album a listen for yourself. Because at the end of the day, personal verdict it what matters the most.

Shadows Fall(SF) emerged during the era of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal along with bands like Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage.This is the first album of Shadows Fall that i've heard. So the first thing that came to my mind was "Are they really metalcore?", because Shadows Fall doesn't sound anything like the mainstream metalcore bands. One thing that is truly admirable about SF is that they never tried to be a LOG clone.

The album, Retribution, would be best defined as a "above average album". You won't find much breakdowns, only in one or two songs. But what you will find are some decent clean vocals, killer drumming and melodious death metal riffs. Almost every song has a guitar solo, they are fast,brutal and melodic. If you are a fan of guitar solos, you are going to love this album.

The most memorable track of Retribution would be "My Demise". The song has got good variations, there's even a breakdown and the lyrics are well-written. The acoustic part that comes up in the middle adds more depth to the song. Kick-ass track.

In a nutshell, Retribution has a polished recording. The clean vocals are good and quite strong. The album is more like a thrash/death album with some brilliant solos. But it lacks good breakdowns. And considering its a metalcore band, breakdowns are necessary. If you are a SF fan, you won’t be disappointed with this album. It’s worth the try.