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From Shadows
FromShadowsCover
Artists
Composer

Jeff Williams

Vocalists

Casey Lee Williams
Jeff Williams

Statistics
Album

From Shadows - Single
RWBY Volume 1 Soundtrack

Track#

1 (Single)
4 (Vol. 1 - "Black" Trailer)
11 (Vol. 1 - Album)

Time

Single: 4:48
Album: 5:21

Genre

Alternative Rock

Versions
Single
Album

From Shadows[1] is Blake Belladonna's music theme. Two versions of the song exist: the one featured in the "Black" Trailer, and an extended version featured in the RWBY Volume 1 Soundtrack which is slightly longer and features extended lyrics.

Composition

The song opens with soft piano work accompanied by wordless vocals in the key of D minor. The song then transitions to a quicker tempo with synthesized bass parts and percussion.

Then, a robotic voice says "Intruder, identify yourself," followed shortly by uptempo guitar work and the verses, played in the key of E minor. The verses are followed by a guitar solo, after which the piano has a brief reprise as the song ends.

The verses feature vocals from both Casey Lee Williams and Jeff Williams. The song's tone, style and lyrics denote dissatisfaction and anger, as the singers express their dissatisfaction and intention to retaliate against the injustice that they have faced.

Lyrics

Single

From shadows
We'll descend upon the world
Take back what you stole
From shadows
We'll reclaim our destiny
Set our future free
And we'll rise
And we'll rise

Above the darkness and the shame
Above the torture and the pain
Above the ridicule and hate
Above the binding of our fate

Born with no life
Into subjugation
Treated like a worthless animal
Stripped of all rights
Just a lesser being
Crushed by cruel ruthless Human rule

When it started
All we wanted was a chance to live our lives
Now in darkness
Taking everything we want and we will rise
We'll rise
We'll rise [2]


Album

Born with no life
Into subjugation
Treated like a worthless animal
Stripped of all rights
Just a lesser being
Crushed by cruel ruthless Human rule

When it started
All we wanted was a chance to live our lives
Now in darkness
Taking everything we want and we will rise
We'll rise
We'll rise

From shadows
We'll descend upon the world
Take back what you stole
From shadows
We'll reclaim our destiny
Set our future free
And we'll rise
And we'll rise

Above the darkness and the shame
Above the torture and the pain
Above the ridicule and hate
Above the binding of our fate

Call us liars
Degenerates and killers
Psychos, heartless, insane criminals
Stupid, mutts and
Nothing but pure evil
Primal, bloodshed, is all that's left to do

We're misguided
Treated like we're criminals and we should hide
Born indicted
Tired of being pushed around and we will fly
We'll fly
We'll fly

From shadows
We'll descend upon the world

From shadows
We'll reclaim our destiny


Trivia

  • The lyrics reference the fact that Blake is a Faunus, as revealed in The Stray. It may also allude to The Faunus War, the White Fang, and the discrimination that the Faunus experience throughout the series in general.
  • Some of the lines in the album version of "From Shadows" are also similar to lines of dialogue from the series, more specifically, Blake's dialogue.

References

Soundtracks
Singles
Red Like RosesMirror MirrorFrom ShadowsI BurnThis Will Be the DayRed Like Roses Part IIGoldI May FallWingsRWBY: Chapter 1Time to Say Goodbye
Soundtracks
Ruby RoseThe Shining Beacon (Pt.2) • The First Step (Pt.2) • The Emerald Forest (Pt.2) • Players and PiecesThe Badge and the Burden (Pt.2) • Jaunedice (Pt.2) • Forever Fall (Pt.2) • The StrayBlack and White

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