What about amps?
Donais: I’m using a Rivera Knucklehead, the reverb one. I was at NAMM and started talking to Paul Rivera Jr. and he said, “Hey man, just come in the booth and check it out,” and I plugged it in and was like, “Wow, this is awesome.”
Bachand: Since I made the move to ENGLs amps, it’s been exactly what I’ve been looking for. I have the Fireball and the Powerball.
Jon, did the NAMM noise police interfere with your trying out of the Rivera amp?
Donais: Rivera had one of those soundproof booths so I could kind of get an idea. But I wanted to run the amp with my guitars and pedals to see how it worked with my setup, and also use it to jam with the band to see how I liked it, so they sent one over to me and I fell in love with it right away.
Matt, which ENGL are you bringing on the road?
Bachand: I will make that decision today actually [laughs].
What’s going to be the deciding factor?
Bachand: I don't know. I really don’t. I’m just going to plug both of them in tonight down in the basement and see which one I like better.
Jonathan Donais’ Gear
B.C. Rich Signature Gunslinger
Rivera Knucklehead Tre Reverb
Dunlop Jimi Hendrix wah, Maxon OD-9, MXR Carbon Copy (through effects loop), Boss NS-2
DR Strings .010–.052, tuned to D and dropped-C
Dunlop Jazz III XL
Cables and Straps
Matt Bachand’s Gear
B.C. Rich Signature, Takamine ETN10BC
ENGL Fireball head, ENGL Powerball head, ENGL 4x12 cabinet
Rocktron Hush, Maxon OD808, BBE Acoustimax
DR Strings Dragon Skin .011–.050
Dunlop .88 mm
Cables and Straps
Watch Shadows Fall cast doom upon their fans in the following clips on YouTube.com.
Lead guitarist Jonathan Donais dominates sweep-picked arpeggios (2:45) during Shadows Fall’s Grammy-nominated hit “Redemption” at the 2007 Download Festival in Donington Park, England.
Shadows Fall brings the sound of American metal to the land of the rising sun while performing at Shibuya Club Quattro in Tokyo, Japan.
Shadows Fall pay tribute to the Ozzman with “Bark at the Moon.”