Retroactive Classic: Shinedown 'The Sound of Madness'
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:53:06
The album that elevated the band to a new plateau.
Shinedown really grasped their vision and voice on third full-length album, The Sound of Madness [Atlantic]. Produced by Rob Cavallo, these eleven songs expanded the robust hard rock of 2005's Us and Them and refined it into a cinematic and captivating collection. After debuting at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, the record eventually went platinum, and it's become a real landmark for the band among fans. It's truly reached a modern classic status since then.
Where The Sound of Madness really shines is its delicate balance between this soundtrack-worthy bombast and the delicate more acoustic moments. Everything kicks off with a bang during the orchestrally heavy "Devour." Guitars sear and singe rolling into a thick wall of distortion, while Brent Smith's vocals engage on the unshakable refrain. His dynamic range really gets the spotlight here, building from a vulnerable croon into a vital and vibrant howl. Barry Kerch's pulsating pounding behind the kit keeps everything locked into a potent groove throughout. Myers brings a six-string heat over the course of the album, just beginning to embrace his role in the band and hinting at what would eventually be with Amaryllis four years later. Meanwhile, Eric Bass holds down the four-string low end tightly.
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"Sound of Madness" sees the group forge that metallic punch into another expansive refrain that's impossible to shake.
Watch the Music Video for "Sound of Madness" from Shinedown: