Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL have set "Retribution" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on September 15 via via the band's newly created record label in conjunction with Warner Music Group's ILG and Ferret Music.Video footage of SHADOWS FALL performing a brand new song entitled "A Public Execution" — which is set to appear on "Retribution" — on June 20, 2009 at a private party in Southwick, Massachusetts can be viewed below. SHADOWS FALL vocalist Brian Fair recently spoke to Noisecreep about the band's decision to form their own label. "We had an amazing run with Century Media that opened up many doors and taught us even more," he said. "This led to our decision to sign with a major label like Atlantic Records to see what that world was all about. We realized quickly that the entire music industry was in a state of flux and panic as sales figures and profits were dropping by huge percentages each year. It was time to change up the business model in a way that would help break the cycle of large unrecouped budgets and put the power and profits back in the hands of the band." Fair continued, "In a traditional record deal, the band is fronted large amounts of money by the label and they control the spending for promotion and video that then must be paid back through album sales, leaving the band as the last ones to get paid as the money trickles in. In our current deal, we have the power of a major label distributor combined with the everyday input of an independent label that understands our music and scene." Fair told Revolver magazine that the band's new songs are similar to those on 2007's "Threads of Life", though darker and almost ballad-free. "There's more like two half-ballads," he said. "There are some acoustic moments and some melodies that let the songs breathe, but there's old-school thrash as well. We've written a lot of fast stuff which is definitely going to be fun to play live." "Threads of Life" was made available through Atlantic in the U.S. and Roadrunner Records in Europe. SHADOWS FALL guitarist Matt Bachand was recently interviewed on "The Barry Kirkey Radio Show". The program is now available for download as an MP3 audio file at this location.
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