SHADOWS FALL, the Massachusetts metal band which was at the forefront of the New Wave of American Metal scene that dominated the ’00s, reunited to play a one-off show on December 18, 2021 at The Palladium in Worcester in their native Massachusetts. Also appearing on the bill were UNEARTH, DARKEST HOUR, WITHIN THE RUINS, SWORN ENEMY and CARNIVORA.
In a new interview with the Podioslave Podcast, conducted just days after the reunion gig, SHADOWS FALL singer Brian Fair stated about the comeback performance (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It was insane, man. It couldn’t have gone any better than we could have hoped for. It was a long time coming. We sort of fizzled out as far as we never had a last big show to kind of head off into the sunset. We still all loved making music together, we all still loved playing shows, but life was just getting in the way. I was about to have my second kid; Paul [Romanko, bass] had already had a kid. It was just getting tough, so we sort of fizzled out. So, over the last few years, we would kind of, every now and then, just float the idea of, like, ‘Yeah, we should probably play a show.’ But then at five years, we were, like, ‘All right. It’s been long enough. We really wanna do this.’ And we had a date, and we were all systems go, and then COVID happened. Literally, we were gonna announce probably three weeks before the world shut down. Thankfully, we didn’t, so we could kind of just, like, ‘All right…’ It’s not like we had to announce it and then retract. And it gave us some more time to really think about what we wanted to do.
“The key was for us we weren’t trying to do like a quick throw-and-go, make-some-money-and-just-disappear thing,” he explained. “We were, like, ‘We want a sick bill that makes sense.’ So once we got SWORN ENEMY, DARKEST HOUR and UNEARTH to sign on, we were, like, ‘All right. That’s where we wanna start. We want bands that make sense that are our crew.’ And then we also wanted to get some local, kind of younger bands. Matt [Bachand, rhythm guitar] had been working with CARNIVORA forever. And we knew the WITHIN THE RUINS guys. And we were, like, ‘All right, we’ve got our bill.’ We knew it was gonna be at The Palladium before. That was like our backyard; that was like our hometown spot. We played so many metal fests and opened so many great shows [at that venue].”
Fair added: “And then we were, like, ‘We also want to be razor-sharp prepared.’ We were not known for rehearsing very diligently back in the day. We were kind of a lazy band when it came to practicing. We’d always get halfway through the set and be, like, ‘We know ‘Destroyer Of Senses’. We don’t need to play it again.’ And then you realize, ‘We probably should have dusted it off.’ So we really all focused and practiced like crazy, on our own and then together. And, man, that was probably as good as we’ve ever sounded. We were super ready. The crowd was incredible. We brought in an awesome crew and great production. We brought in the lights; we did the whole deal. We were, like, ‘We’re not nickel-and-diming this shit. It’s gonna be a fucking party.’ And it was, man. It was awesome. My family was out. I had the kids up on stage with me at one point. And Paul‘s kid came out. They got to see their dads being cool at least once, and not just on YouTube. The vibe was very celebratory. [There] was a crazy pit and people were going nuts, but it wasn’t an angry vibe in there at all. It was very welcoming and very humbling as well.”
Asked if there is any chance of SHADOWS FALL working on new music, Fair said: “We’ve talked about writing stuff, and there’s a very definitive SHADOWS FALL approach to writing. So if Matt or Jon [Donais, lead guitar] or Paul had ideas that really made sense, I’d see us pursuing ’em. But nothing right now. All we wanted to do is get through this show — we wanted to get through it, see if we could pull it off, see how it went. And now we’re, like, ‘Okay, now we can think about if we wanna do something else.’ But nothing planned right now. I know Jon and Matt are riff machines — I’m sure they’ve got stuff — but they do also have other projects they’re working on too… But right now we’re just kind of recovering a little bit, trying to make sure I get my neck back in shape.”
SHADOWS FALL released a statement in August 2014 in which the bandmembers explained that financial difficulties made it virtually impossible for the group to continue as a full-time concern.
In August 2015, SHADOWS FALL played a few reunion shows on the U.S. East Coast, one year after completing what was being billed at the time as the band’s “final” European tour.
SHADOWS FALL‘s latest album, “Fire From The Sky”, released in May 2012 via Razor & Tie. The CD 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.
Donais and Bachand recently launched a new project called LIVING WRECKAGE, in which they are joined by guitarist Matt LeBreton (DOWNPOUR), drummer Jon Morency (LET US PREY) and vocalist Jeff GardDEATH RAY VISION.
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