Originally Posted by Sanitarium78
ATR did get 'Two Weeks' played on the radio a bit so it got them more noticed but it didn't get them gold or platinum sales. Which is what a once underground metal band needs to achieve in order for me to even start to consider them 'sellouts' of any kind. But then there's nothing wrong with trying a more appealing sound in an attempt to make more money at the job you do
Shadows Fall biggest peak in popularity was for TWW when they had a spot on Ozzfest while touring to support that album. I believe they opened the mainstage that year. I head that album has sold like 300,000 copies for them. Which is pretty good considering they've never gotten any radio play at all. TOL didn't sell that great and neither did Retribution. I don't think they've ever come close to selling out. I'm not sure if having the direct support slot when they toured with 5FDP last year helped them at all? We've gotta wait for their next album to come out to see if that gained them a bigger following or not.
TWW sold tons because of Guitar Hero 2.
Threads of Life was just mediocre for me.
I've seen ATR quite a few times, and it is obvious that they are trying to garner a more mainstream audience, while trying to keep some of the old folks. MANY of the songs on their last two new albums have growly/core vocals underneath the clean vocals. Still a good life band though, if they keep some of their old shit in the set.