Please believe Shinedown are not a Glam band. They are, however, an awesome rock act influenced by over-the-top stage shows of the 80s Metal bands we love. Shinedown's new album The Sound of Madness is an impassioned modern rock experience. A true, in-your-face Metal explosion. There's no faking here. The band are who they are and that's o.k. with me.
The Sound of Madness features 11 tracks - all a unique story told through high-end guitar pickups and Marshall amplifiers. Sure the album's title track is easily the strongest - but other high points are "Devour," "Second Chance" and "Call Me." The Sound of Madness runs the gamut of heavy to passionate and back again giving Shinedown the distinction of actually having depth.
The more I think about it, Shinedown just might be exactly what the rock world needs right now to survive. The crux of the matter is that true rock acts are a dying breed and for good reason: they get no support. "Fans" steal music, commercial radio doesn't play songs and big box retailers like Wal-Mart sell censored versions of albums. The good thing about The Sound of Madness is that the songs have a good edge, but many are still melodic enough to actually get radio play once in awhile.(I must admit satellite radio does give Shindeown a fair shake).
I was very impressed with Shinedown when I saw them last month playing second fiddle to Hinder. Make no mistake, Shinedown blew Hinder off the stage - and I don't think they were even trying that hard. This live performance made me want to investigate the Jacksonville band more.
Back to "The Sound of Madness." I freaking love this song. In fact, I might make it my new anthem:
"Yeah, I get it,
You're an outcast.
Always under attack.
Always coming in last,
Bringing up the past.
No one owes you anything.
I think you need a shotgun blast,
A kick in the ass,
Watch your back!"
The beginning is just so...heavy and...perfect. I love the way singer Brent Smith growls out the words at the beginning of the track. Beautiful production + great writing = Allyson in love.
All told, Shinedown has released three albums since forming in 2001. I'll be backfilling my collection - I suggest you give the band a shot.
Oh, and sometimes goodbye really is a second chance. Just sayin.'