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I Ain’t No Slacker! What I’ve Been Up To Lately

Posted in Cool News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2010 by zach-attack-shaw

I know what you’re thinking … WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN? It’s been a lloonngg time since I last wrote on this blog. But since I got back from my studies/trip to Luxembourg and all over Europe, I’ve been preoccupied with my internship at the Syndicate. It’s given me the chance to not only learn more about the radio/music industry business, but also the chance to do more work with Metal Insider (the site I’ve been writing and contributing news for beforehand).

You might be yelling at me since I’ve probably used that excuse for a while now. However, not only have I gotten to do a lot more work for the site but I’ve also gotten the chance to conduct more interviews!! On July 16, I got to interview Swashbuckle, Ted Aguilar of Death Angel and Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork during their stop at the Trocadero in Philly. Then last weekend (7/23) at the Mayhem Fest in Camden, NJ, I got the chance to interview Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall, Piggy D. of Rob Zombie’s band and Wednesday 13 of the Murderdolls. As if that wasn’t enough, I then got to conduct a phone interview with none other than Gus G., guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne’s band and Firewind. I am so stoked that I got the opportunity to conduct all of these interviews and speak to these amazing artists!

They are slowly starting to pop up on Metal Insider. In case you needed proof that I haven’t been slacking off, I’ve added links to the interviews in the names above (once each have been posted, I will add in a link). So go ahead and check them out. I hope you enjoy! If you’d like, I’d also recommend checking out a new column I’m taking part in for Metal Insider called the Headbangers’ Brawl, where me and Bram discuss two opposing sides of an issue. The first edition of the column has been posted online (sorry, had to do a plug).

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Shadows Fall Hit Metal Glory With Retribution

Posted in CD Review with tags , , , on October 5, 2009 by zach-attack-shaw

shadows_fall_retributionOut of all of the Mass-Core Metal bands to break out of New England, Shadows Fall has always been at the front of the charge. Their latest release, Retribution, proves that the boys from Springfield, MA are worthy of the buzz. With their first album off their own record label, Everblack Industries, Shadows Fall will make any metal fan both new and old raise their fists in the air.

Shadows Fall takes the aggression and melody from 2004’s The War Within and 2007’s Threads Of Life to the next level with Retribution. Singer Brian Fair’s vocals/screams feature more drive then ever, making songs like “My Demise” and “A Public Execution” sound more like battle cries. The vocals only come off stronger when guitarist Matt Bachand joins Fair on backing vocals on songs like “Still I Rise”. Drummer Jason Bittner and bassist Paul Romanko keep the band tight while speeding through songs like “War” and “Dead And Gone” that would make speed metal fanatics melt. However, guitarists Bachand and Jonathan Donais steal the show with riffs and solos that will stick in your head forever. Anthems like “The Taste Of Fear”, “King Of Nothing” and “Embrace Annihilation” are soon to be classics that are drenched with meaty and mesmerizing guitar work. Donais and Bachand have created riffs that will blow away metal heads for decades to come.

Shadows Fall do more then just pay tribute to their metal idols, or provide slam dancing music to hardcore fans. Retribution features vigorous yet melodic music that makes the entire metal music scene so powerful. While Shadows Fall has always been reliable for carrying the banner of today’s heavy metal, the band finally steps up to the plate as future legends. Shadows Fall is not just thrash metal. They are not just hardcore. They are not just mass-core. With Retribution, Shadows Fall proves that they are METAL in all senses.

-Zach Shaw