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Shinedown The Sound Of Madness Atlantic
· Produced By: Not Listed

· Running Time: 52.56

· Release Date: Our Now

· Released:

· Musical Style: Modern Rock

· Links: Shinedown
95%
Songs: 93%
Sound: 97%
A lot of great things have been said about the third Shinedown album and I'm here to back that all up. This is a monster modern melodic rock album and among the best I have heard in my time reviewing the genre. Yes, the down-tuning is there and it is everything a modern rock album should be - but what great songs.
It seems that everything has come together for the band on this, their third release and first since 2005.
I just love the energy of this record. It's in your face and it is aggressive when it needs to be, yet features several mellower tunes that allow vocalist Brent Smith to really shine.
And the production is immense. This album features one of the more impressive 'walls of sound' that I have heard and a precise mix gives it all room to breathe.
The guitars really are all over this record and while it is modern rock, the down-tuning isn't as obvious as other artists and the aggressive, yet melodic lead vocals are a particular joy to listen to.
The opening hard rocker Devour does just that, swallowing the speakers with the intense wall of sound that lifts another notch again with the punchy chorus.
Sound of Madness is another attitude laced high spirited aggression filled rocker with a great chorus and layers of additional instrumentation.
Second Chance is a monster modern rock ballad with orchestration adding to the atmosphere and a surprisingly melodic lead vocal.
It is an impressive start to the album, but what is more impressive is the fact it doesn't stop there, rather it continues track for track until the last note of the album.
Other highlights include the frantic overdrive of Cry For Help, a song simply drenched in guitars; the big hard rocking ballad The Crow & The Butterfly; the more restrained, but still energetic If You Only Knew, which is this time fuelled by a flurry of acoustic guitars.
What a Shame is a hit waiting to happen on modern rock radio; Cyanide Sweet Tooth is as intense as it gets; Call Me uses a bare lead vocal and strings to convey the emotion within.
The special edition of the album features 3 bonus tracks, all of which are high energy heavy rockers and help balance the album's slower parts out with a big finish.
In places this album reminds me of the spirit and attitude and even the delivery of Gun's classic but underrated Swagger record – just with a 2008 sound and guitar sound. Take another listen to that album and appreciate how ahead of their time Gun was.
The Bottom Line
Anyway… Shinedown sound as energetic as any band I have reviewed here in recent times and the attitude really jumps through the speakers. The guitars are all over this record, but the rhythm section can't be ignored, as the whole album has this menacing thump that drives the engine. It is a modern rock album with all the classic elements of this genre, but also filled with wonderful songs and some great melodies and an undying energy.
And you know what - it's a really loud album without being one of those overbearing, badly mastered noise-fests. It really is beautifully recorded and mastered.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Leave A Whisper
· Us And Them
· The Sound Of Madness

Line Up:
· Brent Smith: Vocals
· Nick Perri, Zach Myers: Guitars
· Barry Kerch: Drums
· Eric Bass: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
· Melodic Modern Rock
Track Listing
· Devour *
· Sound of Madness *
· Second Chance *
· Cry for Help *
· The Crow & The Butterfly
· If You Only Knew *
· Sin With a Grin
· What a Shame *
· Cyanide Sweet Tooth
· Breaking Inside *
· Call Me
· I Own You
· Energy
· Son of Sam

--*Best Tracks


02/12/09: DJ - djpstar69@gmail.com
Rating: 100
This is what it's all about.A band taking the reigns of their genre and running with it.An excellent offering from an excellent band.Outstanding songwriting,performance and musicianship.Just watch how American radio will swallow this whole and make staples out of songs such as "If You Only Knew"."Breaking Inside","What A Shame" and the already famous "Devour" and "Second Chance".If the guys in Shinedown keep on this path, their roads will be always paved with gold.Top Notch, worth every penny

20/08/09: feverdream - dherman1971@yahoo.com
Rating: 100
Love, Love, Love this album! Shinedown has been building something amazing as every CD has been a little better than the previous one. My only concern? How do you top this one?! It's a masterpiece!

04/03/09: 4p - thorpeylad@hotmail.com
Rating: 100
best complete album ive heard in the last decade ! "the crow and the butterfly" does it for me !

04/02/09: Metallic Blue (Adelaide ,SA) - peter@adam.com
Rating: 99
I heard 'Second Chance' on the radio one night while driving home from work and it just blew me away.Brent Smiths voice is so unreal.I then read the great review on this site and purchased this cd keeping my fingers crossed that there would be a couple of more tracks that would be just as good as Second Chance' and I got more than I hoped for.I could listen to Call Me with just his vocals alone.Breaking Inside is sooo good.What I love is the music doesnt over power his voice you can hear both and they work so well,with a fantastic production to boot.This CD rocks from beginning to end.
'Modern Melodic Album of the Year 2008 for me'.

13/01/09: Nicodim - nicodim-r@mail.ru
Rating: 100
One of the best 2008 releases for me along with Brother Firetribe, Leverage and Stone Gods. Absolutely amazing stuff! My personal favorites are What A Shame, Call You, Breaking Inside, Devour, Second Chance. Though, no bad songs at all if to be honest.

20/12/08: Crazy Steve - steveandnic92@bigpond.com
Rating: 100
Shinedown are a great band, and Brent Smith is one of the great Modern Rock vocalists. I had extremely high hopes for this album, and they have managed to exceed them. There are truly great songs on this CD including "Call Me", "If You Only Knew", "Devour" and "Second Chance" to name a few. If you can find it get the limited edition version that has 3 bonus tracks. My big hope is that they find their way down to Australia in the not too distant future.

14/12/08: Zok - micke_016@hotmail.com
Rating: 99
One of the best records of 2008. It´s almost perfect, song after song amaze me. I have played this album over and over last months. Dont miss this amazing album.

28/11/08: Jimmy Beach - rachelbeach@comcast.net
Rating: 99
Awesome cd .. very good from start to finish , do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this cd....

05/10/08: Sava Karadzic - svemirski_modulator@yahoo.com
Rating: 90
Best Shinedown album so far!

04/10/08: the rocker - jrachubinski@yahoo.com
Rating: 90
have to agree with the above.i love all 3 cd's. one of my fave. modern bands along with nickelback ,theory of a deadman , and tantric

04/10/08: Paul Melling - mellingp@hotmail.com
Rating: 99
Wow! This is the real deal and is pure quality from start to finish. Power,melody,guitar and vocal harmonies..just bloody awesome.
Buy this and play LOUD!!!

03/10/08: Paul (Adelaide, SA) - paulankles26@hotmail.com
Rating: 85
It's about time that Shinedown started getting some coverage on this website. The album is great, but I only gave it 85, because it's not as good as their first 2 albums. For newcomers, I rate their first album (Leave a Whisper) a pure 100 - my favourite album of the last 10 years! And the 2nd album (Us and Them) is about 90. Get their other albums now!

02/10/08: RockMan - purjfo98@msn.com
Rating: 85
This is ok for what it is. I didn't like the guitar arrangement on Devour but the chorus is ok. The rest is very good. It sounds like a Nickelback clone to these ears but that's ok and a good thing as there aren't many bands that can do that sound well. Not bad but nothing great.

02/10/08: CJ Plain - CJPlain@yahoo.com
Rating: 100
I have to go above and beyond what Andrew said. This is, single handedly, one of the greatest efforts put on wax in the past 10 years by ANY band. This CD rocks from beginning to end. There simply is NOT a bad song of these entire 14 tracks.

I can't wait to see how they translate live.

01/10/08: Darren D - starchild72@bigpond.com
Rating: 95
Album of the year for me.

30/09/08: Deddy - deddy@sin-band.com
Rating: 100
Amazing Modern Rock!!!
Second Chance,Call Me,Devour,What a Shame are my fav Songs!
But the hole album is very very outstanding!!!

Deddy

30/09/08: GS - mrsromek@yahoo.com
Rating: 0
This album is amazing. I agree with Andrew on the Best Tracks asterisked above. Personally, What a Shame and Breaking Inside are my favorites. Go out and get this album-it is their best one yet!


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