As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported on July 6, 2005, Roadrunner Records has now officially announced the signing of Massachusetts-based five-piece SHADOWS FALL for all territories excluding the U.S.
Mark Palmer, M.D. of Roadrunner Records U.K. stated: "SHADOWS FALL have been one of the standard-bearers for quality American metal for the past 4 years and it's an honor to have them as part of the Roadrunner family."
Likewise, SHADOWS FALL frontman Brian Fair was equally enthused by their new home. Speaking from Massachusetts, where the band are working on songs for their fifth studio album, he commented, "All of us in SHADOWS FALL are very excited to begin a working relationship with Roadrunner Records! The label has always represented the multiple sounds and styles of the metal genre and they have never been afraid to take a chance and support bands they believed in. From the roots of extreme metal with OBITUARY, DEICIDE and EXHORDER to the breakout success of bands like SLIPKNOT and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, Roadrunner has always been at the fore-front of the evolution of metal. We feel it will be a perfect fit to help spread the word about SHADOWS FALL around the globe. The time has come for total world domination."
After forming in 1996, SHADOWS FALL have developed in to one of the metal scene's key players, both live and on CD. With four increasingly proficient albums under their belt, culminating in the 2004 release of "The War Within", the band have picked up numerous accolades from global rock publications and media. Underlining that, the band were honoured in this year's 48th annual Grammy Awards in the U.S., with a nomination alongside metal heavyweights like SLIPKNOT, MINISTRY and RAMMSTEIN, for their album track, "What Drives The Weak".
SHADOWS FALL spent much of 2004 on the road, racking up major dates across the U.S. on Ozzfest, in the U.K. at the Download Festival and in Germany at Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park as well as a string of arena shows with SLIPKNOT and LAMB OF GOD. They are now back home working on the follow-up to "The War Within" which is expected to see the light of day in early 2007 through Roadrunner Records in Europe and Atlantic in the U.S.