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The Art of Balance

  • 1. Idle Hands
    2. Thoughts Without Words
    3. Destroyer of Senses
    4. Casting Shade
    5. Stepping Outside the Circle
    6. Art of Balance, The
    7. Mystery of One Spirit
    8. Idiot Box, The
    9. Prelude to Disaster
    10. Fire Burns in Babylon, A
    11. Welcome to the Machine
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8128

  • Credits
    ProducerZeuss Manning

    Initial pressings of THE ART OF BALANCE will contain a bonus CD-ROM.
    Shadows Fall: Brian Fair (vocals); Jonathan Donais, Matthew Bachand (guitar, background vocals); Paul Romanko (bass); Jason Bittner (drums).
    In The Art of Balance, Shadows Fall has created a modern heavy metal album that is both brutal and highly musical, traditional yet forward-thinking. Songs like the complex "Stepping Outside the Circle" demonstrate not only crushing heaviness, but an impressive grasp on dynamics, melody, and arrangement. Brian Fair's vocals oscillate from articulate melodicism to sheer, throat-tearing menace, while Jonathan Donais' guitar work combines pounding, metallic crunch with careful virtuosity. Amidst the full-throttle rockers that make up the bulk of the album are a couple of short instrumentals ("Casting Shade," "Prelude to Disaster") that offer a few well-placed moments of quiet atmosphere. The cover of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine," placed at the end of the disc, is stylishly well-executed, but seems a tad out of place nonetheless. ~ Andy Hinds

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (9/30/02) - "...BALANCE is a celebration of 1980s thrash, a la Metallica and Testament, with lead guitarist Jon Donais showing off his virtuoso skills..."
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