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Interview:
Headbangers Offer "Fallout" From Last Album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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“Fallout From the War,” the new album by Massachusetts metal heroes Shadows Fall, is a kind of odds ’n’ sods collection that includes several songs the group has never released, including some from 2004’s “The War Within.” But frontman Brian Fair says it’s hardly a toss-off.

“These were new songs for us,” says Fair, 31, explaining that the group went back and re-recorded some Japanese B-sides that had never been released on these shores and wrote six new songs from ideas the quintet didn’t have a chance to finish for “The War Within.”

“We wanted it to have the cohesive feel of a real album,” Fair says. “We wanted the same production values, the same performance values. We didn’t just go and remix a bunch of stuff that was just laying around.”

“Fallout” also marks Shadows Fall’s last release for the independent Century Media label before moving to a major label, Atlantic Records. Fair says the group is more excited than nervous about the switch and figures that after six albums and a Grammy nomination for “The War Within” track “What Drives the Weak,” the band will have no trouble operating on its own terms when it returns to the studio this fall to record its next album.

“We knew exactly what we wanted in a record deal,” the singer says. “We were able to go in and say, ‘Look, we’re not settling for anything besides these certain parameters.’ Right now the difference between indie and major labels is not as drastic as it used to be. We learned everything the hard way, on our own, so we’re not going to give up control for anybody at this point.”

The Strhess Tour, featuring Shadows, Poison the Well, Darkest Hour, Bury Your Dead and Still Remains, plays Saturday (July 15th) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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