Singer Brian Fair, whose serpentine ropes of hair churn in a stylish spiral during solos, alternates between gruff shouts and clear choruses. Shadows Fall has mastered the alchemy involved in mixing metalcore's aggressive and accessible elements, balancing colossal hooks with technically enthralling double-bass drumbeats and dual-guitar harmonies. During "Redemption," the lead single from the Massachusetts band's just-released Threads of Life, Fair touts the power of the sound while staggered riffs lend muscle to his earnest sentiments. Live, such songs combine underground concertgoing's most cathartic experiences: inspirational mass sing-alongs and brutal pit action.
Video for Redemption by Shadows Fall from Threads of Life: