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  • Creator Killer: In retrospect, Threads of Life. It didn't destroy them right away, but the fact of the matter is that it was their first major-label release and Warner Music Group spent a great amount of money trying to make them blow up the way that Avenged Sevenfold and Mastodon did after their respective Warner jumps. Instead, they got a disappointing debut (No. 46 on the Billboard 200 compared to #20 for City of Evil and #32 for Blood Mountain), two radio tracks that never really went anywhere ("Redemption" was probably too heavy for most rock radio listeners, while "Another Hero Lost" pissed off the established fanbase by being a blatant attempt at a big radio hit while also sticking out like a sore thumb on the album and alienating rock radio listeners who weren't prepared for the heavy tracks), and absolutely no meaningful increase in live draw. It didn't tank the band's career right away, but it did irreparably poison it and kicked off the beginning of their slide into complete irrelevance.
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  • The Pete Best: Phil Labonte was the vocalist on the first album, but Fair pretty much took the spotlight when the former left, and became more known for his current band.
  • Refitted for Sequel: "Root Bound Apollo" was an Overcast song that had been played live near the end of their original run, but had never been recorded until Fair shook the dust off it for Shadows Fall and let the band rearrange it a bit (adding in a guitar solo and tweaking some riffs). Eventually subverted, as Overcast would later go on to release a recorded version of their own in 2008.
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