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Album Review

On Shinedown's third album, The Sound of Madness, the Jacksonville-based band hits every post-grunge expectation: winding up the guitar riffs with thin, flattened distortion; pumping up rhythms with steroids; punctuating melodies with familiar fills; and writing vaguely inspirational lyrics that come close to confirming the group's rumored Christian rock origins. Their precision is accentuated by producer Rob Cavallo's pristine production, digitally designed to push Shinedown over into the big leagues where they can have the occasional adult rock power ballad hit without losing their testosterone-fueled audience. Nothing is left to chance, and that's the way Shinedown's fans like it. Some of those fans — the ones who like to see the band on the WWE, where "Devour," the first song on The Sound of Madness and its first single, is 2008's Night of Champions theme song — may carp slightly about that slight increase in gloss and almost imperceptible uptick in power ballads, but most won't notice these subtle shifts as Shinedown serve up what they always have: active modern rock embodying the sound of post-grunge in the new millennium. [The Sound of Madness was also made available in a Fan Club Limited Edition with three bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

So.

How many times can you re-release an album??

I was going to say this rerelease was pointless..

.. and don't get me wrong, it was 5 stars alone. But the new version of "Breaking Inside" featuring the chick from Halestorm is excellent.

***ROCK CLASSIC FUTURE***

Shinedown is in my opinion one of the best rock bands out there right now. This album was a five stars before the extra tracks was added. I bought this version because of the extra tracks. After I heard it I rate it five stars +++. I feel like this band is destined to be one of those classic bands we'll never forget like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith to name a few. Their music at times seems to touch your inner soul while at the same time has an edge and power that's almost mystical in nature. Shinedown is currently my favorite band and I can't wait until they release their next album. Thanks Road Lizard!

Biography

Formed: Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Melodic hard rockers Shinedown hail from Jacksonville, Florida and originally featured vocalist Brent Smith, guitarist Jasin Todd, bassist Brad Stewart, and drummer Barry Kerch. Snapped up by Atlantic Records during the early-2000s flurry of post-Creed and Nickelback signings, the group released its debut album, Leave a Whisper, in 2003. Whisper ended up doing quite well for the band (eventually going platinum), aided by its single, "Fly from the Inside." Shinedown also supported it with a heroic...
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The Sound of Madness (Deluxe Edition), Shinedown
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  • $15.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Grunge, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Jun 24, 2008
  • Parental Advisory

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