What Drives the Weak

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"What Drives the Weak"
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Single by Shadows Fall
from the album The War Within
Released March 22, 2005
Recorded April - May 2004
Studio Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA
Length 4:44 (album version)
4:09 (edit)
Label Century Media
Songwriter(s) Matt Bachand, Jason Bittner, Jonathan Donais, Brian Fair, Paul Romanko
Producer(s) Chris "Zeuss" Harris, Shadows Fall
Shadows Fall singles chronology
"Destroyer of Senses"
"What Drives the Weak"
"Inspiration on Demand"

"What Drives the Weak" is the second single by Shadows Fall from their album The War Within. The song peaked at no. 38 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[1]

The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, but lost to "Before I Forget" by Slipknot.[2][3]

Music video

The song's music video was directed by Zach Merck.[4]

The video shows the band performing the song in a house inhabited by bikers. The video is inter-cut with shots of vocalist Brian Fair wandering around the house and encountering weird happenings while the other members interact with the bikers.[5]

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "What Drives the Weak" (Edit) 4:09
2. "What Drives the Weak" (Album Version) 4:44
3. "What Drives the Weak" (Music Video) 4:44


  • Brian Fair – lead vocals
  • Johnathan Donais – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Matt Bachand – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Romanko – bass guitar
  • Jason Bittner – drums


  1. ^ "Shadows Fall What Drives The Weak Chart History". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "The 48th Annual Grammys Roundup: Rock/Alternative Fields". The Recording Academy. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "48th Grammy Awards – 2006". Rockonthenet.com. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "Shadows Fall - "What Drives The Weak" Music Video Director". viddug.com. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "SHADOWS FALL - What Drives the Weak (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
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