"What Drives The Weak," a track on "The War Within," the fourth album by Shadows Fall, received Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance in '06. Despite losing to Slipknot's "Before I Forget," Shadows Fall had arrived. '04's "The War Within" was the Metal group's first album to enter the Billboard 200, peaking at #20 while nailing the top spot on the Independent Album Chart.
Formed nine years earlier, in Springfield, MA Shadows Fall, like many groups, experienced personnel changes. With the group only a couple years old, and still recording demos, Philip Labonte replaced Damien McPherson. But LaBonte's stay was equally brief after a falling out with the band over a side project.
Following the group's debut album, "Somber Eyes To The Sky," LaBonte was asked to leave eventually founding All That Remains. That led to a long-term solution in former Overcast frontman Brian Fair.
Drummer David Germain was heard on the group's first two albums, the second being "Of One Blood." But alcohol problems forced his departure. In stepped Jason Bittner.
"The Art of Balance," featured a cover of Pink Floyd's "Welcome To The Machine." The '02 album went to #15 on the Billboard Indie Albums Chart as Shadows Fall supported the set with an '03 Ozzfest trek.
To promote "The War Within," Shadows Fall hit Ozzfest again. Only this time they were on the main stage.
The album, which sold over 400,000 copies, contained the track "The Light That Blinds" which was featured in Guitar Hero II.
The Art of Touring DVD, an '05 issue, included a live concert, backstage footage, and music videos. "Fall Out From The War, a compilation of b-sides, alternate versions and covers, dropped in '06.
Now on the Atlantic imprint, Shadows Fall released "Threads Of Life" with another Grammy nominated track "Redemption." The second time is not the charm. Shadows Fall lost the Best Metal Performance trophy to Slayer's "Eyes Of The Insane."
Now on their own label, Everblack Industries, Shadows Fall released their sixth album, "Retribution" in '09, with "Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall Live In The Philippines 2009" arriving the following year.
"Fire From The Sky," out in '11 on the Razor & Tie imprint, was the first album produced by Adam Dutkiewicz since the group's debut.
Though the last two albums managed to crack the Indie Top 10 (just barely in the case of "Fire From The Sky" which peaked at #10) Shadows Fall seemed stuck in the lower '30s on the Billboard 200.
In the summer of '13 Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais announced that he had joined Anthrax.
A little over a year later, Shadows Fall launched their '14 The Hell On Earth European trek in Frankfurt, Germany.
1997 Somber Eyes To The Sky
2000 Of One Blood
2002 The Art Of Balance
2004 The War Within
2007 Threads Of Life
2012 Fire From The Sky