Friday, June 6, 2003 @ 12:08 AM
Shadows Fall Win Metal Hammer
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The Massachusetts-based Shadows Fall have just returned to the U.S. with one of Metal Hammer magazine's coveted "Golden Gods" Awards. Metal Hammer is one of England's premier metal/hard rock publications and Shadows Fall proudly kicked off their first-ever awards ceremony with a pummeling four-song set. The highly touted metalcore quintet were then presented with the prestigious award for "Best Underground Act." The inaugural awards took place at a packed Forum in London, in front of an audience of both fans and celebs alike, including Lemmy, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Marilyn Manson, Amen, Cradle of Filth, Soil, The Murderdolls, The Donnas and Taproot.
This all came after Shadows Fall delivered a blistering performance on the main stage at this year's Kerrang!-sponsored Download Festival on May 31st . This annual event of mammoth proportion took place in Donnington Park, England where they played alongside such acclaimed acts as Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Deftones, Audioslave and Ministry.
Vocalist Brian Fair checked in to describe the whole riveting experience, "This weekend was the realization of one of my oldest metal dreams... sharing a stage at Castle Donnington with the almighty Iron Maiden!! The enormity of what was about to happen immediately set in, as we were about to play the largest show of our lives with our heroes in front of 70,000 people. All of our fears were alleviated when the doors opened at ten and thousands upon thousands of people began storming to the front of the stage. We were greeted with an overwhelming welcome from the crowd and blasted our way through a short and energetic 20-minute set. I knew it would be my only opportunity to do this, so during the silence after our second song I did my best Bruce Dickinson and yelled, 'Scream for me Donnington!!!' with everything I had! It was without a doubt my most metal moment. Now it is time to take the next few weeks to rest and prepare for the summer on Ozzfest."
As if this wasn't enough, Shadows Fall continue to maximize their touring opportunities by performing Ozzfest off-dates with Cradle of Filth, Killswitch Engage and Sworn Enemy in support of their highly touted album The Art of Balance. Expect them to remain on the road through the end of the year.