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Shadows Fall, ‘Threads of Life’ (Atlantic)

Massachusetts thrash-metal purists Shadows Fall jumped to a major label around the same time as their peers in Mastodon and Lamb of God, and like those bands, they’re doing it without apparent compromise. Whether the culture can revert to the spandex-and-solos era to accommodate them is anyone’s guess, but on Threads of Life, they unleash a virtuosic melodic moshfest that’s so in line with everything metal fans have been waiting to hear since 1991, it’s as if Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses never happened.

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