Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL will embark on their final European tour in less than a week. The "Hell On Earth" trek, which also features UNEARTH, THE ACACIA STRAIN and WAR OF AGES, will begin in Frankfurt, Germany on August 29 and run until September 14.
SHADOWS FALL has been touring non-stop for over a decade and has decided that it's time to "take a hiatus" from future extensive touring.
In addition to this upcoming European run, SHADOWS FALL is planning a final North American tour and will possibly visit a few other territories some time over the next year.
There are many factors that are behind this difficult decision that the band has been dealing with for some time now. In a nutshell, it comes down to families, member availability, and finances. Further impacting the band's decision is the fact that they have two members with young children. Plain and simple, they want to be with their families to watch their kids grow.
Says SHADOWS FALL in a statement: "Touring full time in a band these days has never been more difficult financially. When you have to ensure the future comfort of your family, difficult decisions have to be made. Another reason is the fact that our lead guitarist (Jon Donais) is now in ANTHRAX, which makes it hard for us to do any extensive touring with our full lineup. Due to his obligations with ANTHRAX, he will not be able to join us on this European tour. Felipe Roa will once again fill Jon's position and we are thankful to him for joining us on this run. Also returning for this tour is original bassist Paul Romanko, who has sat out from touring for the last two years to raise his son.
"This has been a real hard decision for all of us to make, but we feel at this time this is the right thing to do. We don't hate each other, we're not bitter, we, in fact, still have a really great time together, but the ride has slowed down and it's time for the next chapters in our lives, whatever that may be.
"We can't thank the fans that have supported SHADOWS FALL since the beginning enough. Without you, none of this would have been possible.
"For the past decade and a half, we have been able to create the music we have always wanted to hear and share it with music fans everywhere. That being said, you still may see us at a festival or two over the next few years… If they ask, we will come! In the meantime, please check out the dates for the last European go-around and we will see you out there!"
SHADOWS FALL's latest album, "Fire From The Sky", sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 15, 2012 via Razor & Tie.
Recorded at Zing Studios in late 2011, "Fire From The Sky" reunited SHADOWS FALL with longtime friend, producer/engineer and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE/TIMES OF GRACE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, ALL THAT REMAINS). The album was mixed by Brian Virtue.