“Fire From The Sky”, the new album from Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL, sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Retribution”, opened with 13,000 units in September 2009 to land at No. 35.
“Fire From The Sky” was released on May 15 via Razor Tie. Recorded at Zing Studios in late 2011, the CD reunites SHADOWS FALL with longtime friend, producer/engineer and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE/TIMES OF GRACE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, ALL THAT REMAINS). The album was mixed by Brian Virtue and features some of the band’s most complex and melodic material in years.
Commented singer Brian Fair, “‘Fire From The Sky’ is not a concept album by any means, but a few common themes do link these songs together. These days, the world seems to be spiraling out of control into a frantic state of confusion, corruption and chaos. It’s as if we are living under the shadow of an impending apocalypse. The songs on this album were inspired by this chaos and the struggle to find answers in these dark days.”
“Fire From The Sky” track listing:
01. The Unknown
02. Divide And Conquer
03. Weight Of The World
04. Nothing Remains
05. Fire From The Sky
06. Save Your Soul
07. Blind Faith
08. Lost Within
09. Walk The Edge
10. The Wasteland
The cover artwork for “Fire From The Sky” was designed by Aaron Marsh of Forefathers and can be seen below.
Commented Marsh: “When presented with the idea, I wanted to deliver an aesthetic that would go beyond the ‘typical’ or ‘assumed.’ I wanted to embrace a perspective and emotive value that could be carried with the context of the record itself. While I knew this would be challenging and end up stylistic to one degree or another, I still wanted the viewer to get this overwhelming and brooding sense of chaos that could otherwise be imagined when putting themselves in that very scenic situation — supposing this record was the soundtrack to their own apocalyptic movie.”
Added Fair: “[I] couldn’t be happier with how the artwork for ‘Fire From The Sky’ came out. Thanks to Forefathers for doing such an amazing job!”
“The Unknown” video can be seen below. The clip was filmed on March 21 at an abandoned building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York with director Kevin J. Custer, who has previously worked with OVERKILL, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT and SUFFOCATION, among others.
“The Unknown” video: