Shadows Fall Gear Up for Retribution

Shadows Fall Gear Up for <i>Retribution</i>
The Simpsons aren't the only great thing to come from Springfield, y'know. There's also awesome metalcore dudes Shadows Fall, who in fact have a new album on the way. The band's sixth studio effort will be called Retribution and comes in September of this year, fast on the heels of 2007's Threads of Life.

The band have even created their own label to release this masterpiece that will be issued in conjunction with Warner Music Group and Ferret Music.

Here is vocalist Brian Fair's statement about the label launch:

We had an amazing run with Century Media that opened up many doors and taught us even more. 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.

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.

As for Retribution itself, Fair says, "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."