Greg Haymes of TimesUnion.com reports that for the second time in three years, SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner is representing the Capital Region music scene at the Grammy Awards. Bittner and his band earned a nomination for the song "What Drives the Weak" at the 2006 awards ceremony, but failed to win.
At tonight's awards telecast, SHADOWS FALL is once again in the running for a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category for its song "Redemption", which appears on its Atlantic Records debut, "Threads of Life".
"We think it's kind of strange that we got nominated again, especially so quickly," Bittner said. "We never even saw it coming."
"The night that we found out that we were nominated, we were over in Italy on tour with MACHINE HEAD, and they were also nominated. That's what made it so cool — we all found out about it together.
"It was their first nomination, so we were telling them all about the ceremonies and stuff. We told them not to get their hopes up about a televised spot because the metal Grammy is one of about 100 awards that they usually give away during the day — before they start the televised awards show. It goes something like best metal performance followed by best spoken word album, or whatever."
The first time SHADOWS FALL was nominated, it was up against the top-selling metal acts SLIPKNOT, SLAYER and MUDVAYNE. "We knew that there was no way that we even remotely had a chance to win," Bittner said.
"But this year, we're thinking that, well, maybe this could be the one thing that we get. I'm certainly not putting all my eggs in this one basket, but I'm just saying that we might actually have a shot at it this year. Who knows?
"And if we don't win, it's no big deal," Bittner said. "It's really quite an honor to get nominated again. And we'll still get a nice little medal. It looks kind of like an Olympic medal, and everyone who's nominated gets one. It's pretty cool."
Watch SHADOWS FALL's "Redemption" video: