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Editors’ Notes

Shinedown wrote 40 songs for The Sound Of Madness, picking 11 of the best to make the cut. Then they road tested four favorites, measuring audience reactions to gauge which two were hit worthy. "Devour" won in spades, followed by the title track. Throwing relentless punches and loaded with razor sharp hooks, "Devour" sets the tone with such victorious ferocity that it was licensed as the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment's June, 2008 pay-per-view event, Night of Champions, as well as the soundtrack to EA Sports' "Madden NFL 09" video game, in addition to which it was chosen to be featured on ESPN throughout the 2008 major league baseball season. A pounding bass drum and sinister guitar riff begin "Sound Of Madness" as sneering singer Brent Smith rallies young outcasts and deserters. If every angry pariah listened to this call to arms simultaneously, there could be riots and fires in the streets. That an album this heavy and angry hit mainstream radio tells you something about the troubled times, circa summer 2008.

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The Sound of Madness

The Sound of Madness (10/10) 1. Devour (9/10) Great opener, very fast paced, a little repetitive. Good song, though. 2. Sound of Madness (9/10) One of the best on the album Good guitar, good lyrics, good song. 3. Second Chance (10/10) This is their current hit, and it isn't hard to see why. A slower song, but it is amazing. 4. Cry for Help (10/10) The best song on the album. Very hard and loud. Great guitar and lyrics. It's amazing. 5. The Crow & the Butterfly (7/10) Probably the worst on the album. A slower song, just not the best from Shinedown. 6. If You Only Knew (7/10) Another slow song, but this one is pretty descent. 7. Sin With a Grin (9/10) A harder, loud song. It's great. Odd choice of lyrics. 8. What A Shame (9/10) Another slow song, but this is one of my favorite. Beautiful lyrics and great melody. 9. Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide (10/10) A hard, loud song that is unbelievable. This song rocks! 10. Breaking Inside (10/10) A mix of slow and fast, the chorus is great. Amazing song. 11. Call Me (7/10) Yet another slow song, kind of a weak way to end the album. "The Sound of Madness" is definitely the best album from Shinedown. Of course, the Bonus Track Version is definitely better, because the bonus tracks are great. Their earlier albums, like "Leave A Whisper," and "Us and Them," were no comparison to "The Sound of Madness." "Leave A Whisper" just wasn't that great and "Us and Them" had maybe two good songs. All in all, "The Sound of Madness" is probably the best album of 2008, and that is a bold statement, but it's probably true, and it is definitely worth your every penny. Buy this album. The only thing you may regret is not buying the Bonus Track Version.

The Sound of Madness = Shinedown's sound of greatness!

I was a little concerned that I would not like this CD based on the Devour single that was being played on the radio as Shinedown's first single; however, I received my pre-order CD yesterday (with the 3 bonus tracks) and only had to listen it once to know that this will get a lot of play in my car and on my iPod. They have definately got a good mix of both hard rock and the "softer" Shinedown sound as on the previous two albums. Buy this CD (with the extra tracks if you can get it) and you will not be disappointed. I almost forgot to add that this is one of those albums that sounds better the louder you play it so crank it up and give your speakers a workout!


Album is nouthing short of amazing, your Shinedown collection isn't complete without this album, its a must buy.


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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Alternative, Grunge, Metal
  • Released: Jun 24, 2008

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