Shinedown "Bully" Song Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 04 Jan 2012 09:43:57
Shinedown sound bigger than ever on their new single, "Bully", the first from their forthcoming fourth album for Atlantic Records, Amaryllis, due out March 27th.
The Jacksonville, Florida quartet crash the gate with a chugging, wild riff as frontman Brent Smith begins gunning for a "Bully" during the verse. Barry Kerch's drums rise alongside the pre-chorus chant, adding big bombast to the tune. Once the refrain takes hold, it's clear that Shinedown have another bona fide anthem on their hands.
The hook, "All you'll ever be is a fading memory of a bully", towers over almost everything else on modern rock radio with the kind of epic bombast classics are made of. A fiery solo from axeman Zach Myers seals the deal just before a choir of voices proclaims they're not going to take it anymore.
At the center of the tune, Smith remains completely unleashed, uninhibited, and unique as all great rock frontmen should be. The versatility of his voice vibrates in every note, and he's penned the ultimate 21st century fight song. The NFL and MLB will undoubtedly pick this one up ASAP.
Bullies beware, Shinedown have the riffs and hooks to kick your ass from here to the moon.
Buy 'Bully' at iTunes.
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