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Shadows Fall To Go On Hiatus, Announces European Tour

Massachusetts metal band Shadows Fall will embark on the group's "final" European tour in less than a week. The “Hell on Earth” tour will begin in Frankfurt, Germany on Aug. 29 and runs until Sept. 14. The tour also features Unearth, The Acacia Strain and War of Ages.

The band has been touring non-stop for over a decade and has decided that it’s time to “take a hiatus” from future extensive touring. In addition to this upcoming European run, Shadows Fall is planning a final North American tour and will possibly visit a few other territories some time over the next year.

"There are many factors that are behind this difficult decision that the band has been dealing with for some time now," the band said in its update. "In a nutshell it comes down to families, member availability, and finances. Further impacting our decision is the fact that we have two members with young children. Plain and simple, they want to be with their families to watch their kids grow. Touring full time in a band these days has never been more difficult financially. When you have to ensure the future comfort of your family, difficult decisions have to be made.

"Another reason is the fact that our lead guitarist (Jon Donais) is now in Anthrax, which makes it hard for us to do any extensive touring with our full lineup. Due to his obligations with Anthrax, he will not be able to join us on this European tour. Felipe Roa will once again fill Jon’s position and we are thankful to him for joining us on this run. Also returning for this tour is original bassist Paul Romanko who has sat out from touring for the last two years to raise his son.

"This has been a real hard decision for all of us to make but we feel at this time this is the right thing to do. We don’t hate each other, we’re not bitter, we in fact still have a really great time together, but the ride has slowed down and it's time for the next chapters in our lives, whatever that may be.

"We can't thank the fans that have supported Shadows Fall since the beginning enough. Without you, none of this would have been possible. For the past decade and a half, we have been able to create the music we have always wanted to hear and share it with music fans everywhere. That being said, you still may see us at a festival or two over the next few years…if they ask, we will come! In the meantime please check out the dates for the last European go around and we will see you out there!"

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1. Metal Messiah writes:

I love shadows fall but it does sound like the guys need a break after a decade touring. Hopefully the rest will make them come back stronger, giving us some more head banging metal. \m/

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2. BrianSD writes:

Not my favorite band by any means, but always been pretty good. It's too bad bands like shadows fall can't have some of the same financial success as the asking Alexandria's and avenged sevenolds.

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3. tommy the joker writes:

Good band not great but really cool guys, especially Brian.

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4. tommy the joker writes:

Btw bittner is one of the better drummers out there, I'll be curious to see where he lands, the guy slays on the skins.

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5. RememberMetal? writes:

They'll be missed.

I've enjoyed most of their albums and was a vocal supporter going back to '02. "Fire From the Sky" was a strong note to out on, easily their best since "The War Within".

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6. Drum_Junkie writes:

^ Agreed on Bittner. He's definitely one of the hardest working drummers out there. He puts a sh|tton of effort into improving his skill, and doesn't seem like the kind to rest for long. He's also done a great job filling in for other drummers when called upon. I'll be watching for what he does next.

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