Of One Blood (album)

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Of One Blood
Shadows Fall - Of One Blood.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 4, 2000
Re-released: April 15, 2008
Recorded1999 at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, Massachusetts
GenreMelodic death metal
Length46:01
LabelCentury Media
ProducerChris "Zeuss" Harris
Shadows Fall chronology
Somber Eyes to the Sky
(1997)
Of One Blood
(2000)
Deadworld
(2001)

Of One Blood is the second studio album by Shadows Fall, released on April 4, 2000. On this release, the band improved the sometimes muddy and ill-defined production of their debut, Somber Eyes to the Sky. This was the band's first release on Century Media Records, featuring Brian Fair on vocals (replacing Philip Labonte). This is also the last album featuring the drummer David Germain, and the last album of the melodic death metal era of Shadows Fall. The album was remixed by Zeuss and remastered by Alan Douches for a reissue, which was released April 15, 2008. The re-release also contains new and updated artwork.

"Root Bound Apollo" was originally an Overcast song (Brian Fair's former band), but it was not released on any recording made by the band until 2008, on the compilation Reborn to Kill Again.

Sound style[edit]

This is the last album in which the band shows melodic death metal elements, with long guitar solos, tremolo picking, acoustic interludes within the songs, keyboards and blast beats, including a more death growl-like vocal style of Brian Fair, more similar to Philip Labonte in Somber Eyes to the Sky.[citation needed] In the next albums, the band would compose shorter songs and screaming style vocals.

After this album, the band decided to leave the overall melodic death metal sound to find its own sound, "more inspired in hard rock and thrash metal", guitarist Matt Bachand states in an interview after releasing the band's next album, The Art of Balance.[1]

Re-recordings[edit]

Three songs from this album — "Fleshold", "Revel in My Loss", and "To Ashes" — were re-recorded from Somber Eyes to the Sky.

Track listing[edit]

All music is composed by Shadows Fall, except where noted.

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Pain Glass Vision"(instrumental)Ray Michaud, Zeuss, Shadows Fall0:48
2."Crushing Belial"Brian Fair 5:25
3."Of One Blood"Fair 4:45
4."The First Noble Truth"Fair, Matt Bachand 4:14
5."Fleshold"Bachand, Damien McPhersonBachand, Romanko, Donais, Germain3:37
6."Root Bound Apollo"Fair 6:19
7."Revel in My Loss"Philip Labonte, Bachand 5:27
8."Montauk"Fair 4:22
9."To Ashes"Labonte, Bachand 6:01
10."Serenity"Fair 4:58

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sciarretto, Amy. "Shadows Fall Biography". shadowsfall.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2003. Retrieved May 14, 2012.