SOURCE: Atlantic Records

April 30, 2007 19:07 ET

Shadows Fall to Blow Up the Summer on the Sounds of the Underground Tour; Annual Metal/Hard Rock Trek to Take Off on July 6th; New "THREADS OF LIFE" Reaps Critical Acclaim as "Redemption"

Dominates the Charts at Metal Radio

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 30, 2007 -- Atlantic recording group Shadows Fall has announced plans to spend its summer on the road as part of this year's Sounds of the Underground tour. Now in its third year, the annual hard rock roadshow -- presented by Hot Topic -- will see the acclaimed metal band joining a cutting edge line-up featuring such explosive artists as GWAR, Chimaira, Job For A Cowboy, and Every Time I Die. Sounds of the Underground is slated to kick off on July 6th at Dallas' Palladium Ballroom, with dates continuing through mid-August (see attached itinerary).

Shadows Fall lead singer Brian Fair said, "It is going to be another summer of insanity for the boys in Shadows Fall, and we couldn't be more stoked. Not only are we looking forward to partying with our friends in Darkest Hour, Every Time I Die, Chimaira and GWAR, but also to check out some killer music at one of the summer's most diverse festival tours. We are planning on playing a set that will include songs from the early days of Shadows Fall up to our new album 'THREADS OF LIFE' and leaving a wake of devastation behind. So bust out the sun screen, put the beers on ice and get ready to rock 'cuz the SHADS are coming back to town."

Shadows Fall is without question the preeminent metal band of its day. The Springfield, Massachusetts-based five-piece's just-released new album, "THREADS OF LIFE," is shaping up as its most successful work to date. Currently on the cover of hard rock magazine Revolver, as well as Outburn and Modern Drummer, the band is slated for additional covers of future issues of Metal Edge and Hails and Horns.

The album's first single, "Redemption," is already proving a monster hit at radio, reaching #1 at Metal outlets nationwide while also scoring top 5 adds at Active Rock. Currently 30 stations have added the track.

Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver), "THREADS OF LIFE," which debuted at #1 on the Hard Music Album Core Stores chart and #6 on the Hard Music Album Chart, has drawn rapturous critical praise from a wide range of national publications.

Spin praised the album's "ferocious hardcore precision, like the metal gods intended." The magazine called "THREADS OF LIFE" "...a virtuosic melodic moshfest that's so in line with everything metal fans have been waiting to hear since 1991, its as if Nirvana and Guns N' Roses never happened."

Alternative Press awarded the album 4.5-out-of-5 stars, hailing "a melodically richer, '80s-metal-classicist sound that doesn't just recall Metallica's thrashier glory days (to say nothing of Exodus, Testament, or Anthrax); it forces James Hetfield & Co. to rise to the challenge with their next album." The review went on to celebrate the collection as "the most unashamedly 'true' metal album any major label's released yet this year -- and it's also one of the best."

In a 5-star review, Kerrang! said of the band, "More than ever before, they sound invigorated and primed to destroy, throwing out prime balls-to-the-wall metal, the way it used to be played without ever sounding like mere throwbacks."

The "Redemption" companion video -- directed by Zach Merck (Blue October, Hinder, Converge) -- recently had its world television premiere as MTV2's Unleashed clip of the day, and has since been a staple of the weekly Headbanger's Ball. In addition, "Redemption" has been featured on recent installments of Fuse's Friday night metalfest, Uranium.

Furthermore, Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner will be making a number of in-store appearances at music stores across the country. The current itinerary calls for visits to Kansas City's Explorers Percussion on Monday, April 30th and Drum Headquarters on Tuesday, May 1st.

Coming off the highly successful Jägermeister Music Tour, Shadows Fall is undoubtedly the most potent force in modern metal, melding full-on thrash power with melodic, pulverizing hooks. In its first decade in existence, the band has blazed an extraordinary trail, earning a 2006 Grammy Awards nomination for "Best Metal Performance," reaping critical acclaim from metal mainstream and hardcore underground alike, and touring the planet nearly non-stop (including an ecstatically received mainstage run on 2005's Ozzfest). The band's music has been featured in video games such as "Backyard Wrestling," "Pride FC Championship Fighting," and "EA Sports Burnout Dominator." "Guitar Hero II" features the song "The Light That Blinds," from the band's landmark album "THE WAR WITHIN."

Shadows Fall is: Matt Bachand -- guitar, vocals; Paul Romanko -- bass; Brian Fair -- vocals; Jason Bittner -- drums; Jon Donais -- lead guitar, vocals.

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TOUR 2007

4/28-5/4 w/The Jägermeister Music Tour featuring Stone Sour and Lacuna Coil
7/6-8/11 w/Hot Topic presents The Sounds of the Underground Tour

28      Denver, CO              Fillmore Auditorium
30      Kansas City, MO         Beaumont Club

1       St. Louis, MO           The Pageant
2       Omaha, NE               Sokol Auditorium
4       Des Moines, IA          Val Air Ballroom

6       Dallas, TX              Palladium Ballroom
7       Corpus Christi, TX      Concrete St. Amphitheatre
8       Houston, TX             Verizon Wireless Theatre
10      Orlando, FL             UCF Arena
11      N. Myrtle Beach, SC     House of Blues
13      Worcester, MA           The Palladium
14      Sayreville, NJ          Starland Ballroom Outside
15      Philadelphia, PA        Electric Factory
16      Winston-Salem, NC       Millennium Center
18      Toronto, ON             Kool Haus Complex
19      Detroit, MI             State Theatre
20      Milwaukee, WI           The Eagles Complex
21      Cleveland, OH           Time Warner Cable Amph. @ Tower City
22      Columbus, OH            Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
23      Chicago, IL             Congress Theatre
24      St. Paul, MN            Myth
27      Calgary, AB             Macewan Hall Ballroom
28      Edmonton, AB            Shaw Conference Center
30      Portland, OR            Expo Center

1       Salt Lake City, UT      The Great Salt Air
3       San Jose, CA            Events Center @ San Jose Univ.
4       Irvine, CA              Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Side Stage
5       Mesa, AZ                Mesa Amphitheatre
6       Las Vegas, NV           House of Blues
8       Denver, CO              The Fillmore Auditorium
11      Louisville, KY          Waverly Hills Sanatorium

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